The important top of the table clash from the top flight of the Doric Insurance sponsored senior leagues ended as a stalemate.
The 5-5 draw between Whistlers B and Lions B ensures that the Whistlers side remain 2 points ahead of their title rivals. As they have done on many occasions this season, the Whistlers side had to do it the hard way, coming back from 5-3 down to snatch a draw from the brink of defeat. The pivotal clash was between Lawrence Stacey and Dan Collenette with the score at 5-3 in Lions favour. The highly entertaining clash saw Lions' Collenette force a deciding 5th end, having trailed 2-1. He looked to be in control from this point and led 9-5, however Stacey battled hard and edged it 14-12. The final match was won by Matthew Casey over Andre De Carteret in straight sets. Another 5 set encounter to go the way of the league leaders was Ryan Gilson's victory over De Carteret, after he battled back from 2-1 down to win. For the Lions side, both Collenette and Phil Ogier earned straight sets singles wins over Casey and Gilson and also combined to win the doubles clash over Stacey and Casey in straight sets. Stacey defeated De Carteret in straight sets and Ogier in 4 sets to complete his unbeaten evening of singles action.
Lions A caught up the 2 sides above them in the table by a single point following their 7-3 win over the side at the foot of the table, Whistlers A. Ben Foss and Ryan Bichard each overcame Dawn Morgan, Ellis Tomlin and reserve Paula Le Ber in singles action. Jamie Ferbrache added a 5 set win over Le Ber to extend the margin of victory. Morgan and Tomlin both defeated Febrache in singles action and they also combined to impressively win the doubles over Foss and Bichard in 5 sets.
Lions C and Whistlers C cannot be separated in the table following their 5-5 draw this week. Both sides are in level 4th position, have the same amount of points and the same games ratio heading into the final round of matches of the season. Joshua Stacey made the difference for the Whistlers side due to his trio of singles wins over Paul Hainsworth, Andy Gill and Corey Brouard. Mark Pipet earned the other wins for the Whistlers side due to his straight set wins over both Gill and Brouard. Hainsworth led the way for the Lions side due to his straight sets win over Pipet and 5 set win over Charlotte Casey. Gill and Brouard each defeated Casey in straight sets. The combination of Hainsworth and Gill emphatically won the important doubles rubber against Stacey and Casey in straight sets.
League leaders Lions D remain top of the 2nd Division, however their 1 point lead was lost after their 5-5 draw with Ravenscroft Panthers A this week. The team do however have a game in hand on title rivals of Whistlers D. Billy Ogier has been in fine form of late and he was the difference maker in this fixture. He earned singles wins over Steve Ozanne and Carl Le Tissier in 5 sets and Tim Le Page in 4 sets. Albert Unden also performed well due to his 4 set win over Le Tissier and 5 set win over Ozanne. The Lions players made sure of avoiding defeat by winning all other matches. This included 3 wins over Brandon Ferbrache, a 4 set win for Le Page over Unden and a straight sets doubles win for Le Page and Ozanne over Unden and Ferbrache.
League leaders St Pauls B lost just their 2nd match all season after being edged out 6-4 by 2nd placed side Ravenscroft Panthers D. They do still hold a comfortable 4 point lead over their rivals with just 5 matches remaining though. Craig Dunning once more won all of his matches, however it was not enough on this occasion. He beat Rob Vile, Mark Windsor and Mick Ingrouille in straight sets and also teamed with Brian Le Cras to win the doubles over Vile and Ingrouille in straight sets. But that was as much as they could muster as the Panthers trio put in some excellent performances, with each earning singles wins over John Wills and Le Cras. The most crucial of these wins came from Vile, who battled back from 2-0 down to overcome Wills in 5 sets.