The Doric Insurance sponsored leagues saw some surprise results in the top flight this week as both 'A' sides were surprisingly beaten by their 'B' sides. It also saw the removal of 100% singles records for players in the 1st and 4th Divisions.
For defending champions Whistlers A, this meant their first defeat of the season and Whistlers B are now just 1 point behind after their surprise win. The narrow 6-4 win for the B side saw a team effort with all 3 players contributing to the success. Josh Stacey beat Ryan Gilson in straight sets and also battled past Matthew Casey in 5 sets, whilst Junior Ellis Tomlin had his best evening of the season courtesy of matching 4 set wins over both Gilson and Casey. Stacey and Tomlin combined well in the doubles rubber against Lawrence Stacey and Casey and won in 4 sets. The 6th and final rubber was won by Mark Pipet in the final match of the evening when he overcame Casey in straight sets. Lawrence was unbeaten for his side in singles due to his 4 set wins over twin Joshua and Tomlin and a straight set win over Pipet. Gilson also added a consolation 4 set singles win over Pipet.
Lions A's 6-4 defeat to their B side leaves them in 3rd spot, but still 3 points adrift of the leaders. Ben Foss returned to the A side this week after missing the previous week, however Ryan Bichard was absent this week and the 5th placed B side capitalised on this. Phil Ogier continued his good run of form with a hat-trick of singles wins, which included inflicting the first singles loss of the season on Foss, who lost his 100% during the 4 set defeat. Ogier's other wins came against Jamie Ferbrache and reserve Terry Trustum in straight sets. Dan Collenette returned for his side this week with success due to his 4 set win over Ferbrache and straight set win over Trustum. Andre De Carteret picked up the decisive 6th win courtesy of his straight sets win over Trustum. For the A side Foss beat Collenette and De Carteret, whilst Ferbrache defeated De Carteret. Foss and Ferbrache overcame Collenette and De Carteret in straight sets in the doubles rubber.
4th placed side Lions C continued their recent run of good form and picked up points for the 3rd consecutive week with a narrow 6-4 win over the side at the bottom of the table, Lions D. Their second successive win of the season was obtained in part by an unbeaten evening for Paul Hainsworth. Hainsworth defeated Liam Robilliard, Corey Brouard and Sam Clark in singles action without dropping an end. He also combined well with Charlotte Casey in the doubles rubber where they overcame Robilliard and Clark in straight sets. Reserve Jez Powell finished off the win due to his straight sets win over Clark and 5 set win over Brouard, in an encounter which he trailed 2-1. Charlotte Casey came very close to adding a singles win of her own during her encounter with Clark at the end of the night, but narrowly lost out 12-10 in the deciding 5th end, having held a match point at 10-9. Robilliard also added a 4 set win over Powell.
Lions F remain a single point clear at the top of the Division and picked up their 3rd 10-0 whitewash of the season this week against Ravenscroft Panthers A. Jez Powell, Andy Ferbrache and Caden Brouard all defeated Albert Unden, Brandon Ferbrache and Steve Martin in singles action. The doubles was won by Ferbrache and Brouard over Unden and Martin in straight sets.
Lions H maintained their 2 point advantage at the top following a comfortable 8-2 win over Lions I. Brian Ferbrache beat Mike Brehaut, Lynn Finn and Erin Vaudin in singles action. Sue Ferbrache and Jonah Ingrouille added wins over Finn and Vaudin, but each lost to Brehaut in 5 sets. Brian and Ingrouille won the doubles against Brehaut and Vaudin in 4 sets.