The battle for the top flight title of the Doric Insurance leagues continues to be hard fought as both of the leading sides recorded victories this week.
Leaders Whistlers B hold a slender 2 point lead from Lions B and they recorded a comfortable 7-3 win over Whistlers C this time out. Lawrence Stacey was unbeaten on the night due to his 4 set win over twin Josh and straight set wins over Mark Pipet and Charlotte Casey. Matthew Casey and Ryan Gilson each defeated Pipet and Casey to make sure of the win, however the duo lost the doubles rubber against Casey and Josh in 4 sets. Josh picked up the other wins for his side on the night thanks to straight sets wins over Casey and Gilson.
The Lions side on the other hand romped past bottom placed side Whistlers A 9-1. Phil Ogier and Dan Collenette each beat Ellis Tomlin, Sam Clark and reserve Ian Fitchet. Andre De Carteret added wins over Clark and Fitchet, but lost out to Tomlin in 4 sets. The doubles was won by Ogier and De Carteret over Tomlin and Fitchet in straight sets.
Third placed side Lions A lost further ground on the leading duo as they slipped to a 5-5 draw with 5th placed side Lions C. The C side were aided by an unbeaten evening for Paul Hainsworth, who defeated Ryan Bichard, Jamie Ferbrache and reserve Steve Ozanne. The former clash saw Bichard battle back strongly from 2-0 down to force a decider before falling short 11-5. Andy Gill defeated Ozanne in straight sets and also teamed up well with Corey Brouard to win the doubles rubber against Bichard and Ferbrache in 5 sets, overturning a 2-0 deficit in the process. Gill also came very close to securing the win for the C side when he led Bichard 2-0 in the final match of the night. Bichard held his nerve strongly and won the final 3 games 14-12, 11-8, 11-8.
League leaders Lions D had a ghost week and were expected to slip back into 2nd position, however title rivals Whistlers D fell to an unexpected 6-4 defeat at the hands of 4th placed side Whistlers F. This result leaves the Lions side 1 point clear and with a game in hand. Martin Sarre was the catalyst for the result due to his trio of singles wins over Kay Chivers, Keith Opie and reserve Derek Webb. Paula Le Ber added wins over Opie and Webb, needing 5 sets to come through against the former, whilst junior Callum Gilson held his nerve very well in the final match of the night against Opie to seal the win. Gilson led 2-1 before Opie took the 4th 11-9. The youngster regrouped well and clinched the deciding end 11-7.
3rd placed side Lions E are now just 2 points behind the 2nd placed Whistlers side after they breezed past Whistlers E 8-2. Jez Powell and Caden Brouard each overcame Ken Falla, Ian Fitchet and Shane Cotter in singles action. Jonah Ingrouille added a straight sets win over Fitchet and also combined with Brouard to defeat Fitchet and Falla over 4 sets in the doubles clash. Falla and Cotter each beat Ingrouille to prevent the whitewash.
League leaders St Pauls B are 3 points clear at the top, but have played a game less due to them not playing their match against Whistlers G this week.
Whistlers I had their lead at the top halved to 1 point after they fell to a 5-5 draw with 3rd placed side Lions L, who themselves are just 2 points behind the leaders. Rose Powell was the key for the Lions side as she defeated Andy Le Page, Joe Le Page and reserve John Mauger in singles action. Reserve Val Le Messurier and Karen Blondel also recorded wins against Mauger to make sure of the draw. Joe and Andy each beat Le Messurier and Blondel in singles action and also combined to defeat Powell and Blondel over 4 sets in the doubles clash.