The final action from the Doric Insurance sponsored senior leagues for 2020 took place this week.
With Division 1 leaders Lions A having finished a week earlier due to their re-arranged match, it left title rivals Whistlers A to top the bill and they did so comfortably via a 9-1 win against bottom placed side Lions D. The result moves to them 4 points adrift of the leaders going into 2021.
Lawrence Stacey and Matthew Casey were each in strong form with singles wins obtained over Liam Robilliard, Steve Ozanne and Charlotte Casey. Casey in particular was in top form as he did not drop an end during these encounters, whilst Stacey needed 4 sets to overcome both Robilliard and Ozanne, having dropped the opener in each of these encounters. Ryan Gilson had a tougher evening but managed to battle past Casey in a close 4 set encounter and Ozanne in an even closer 5 set match in which the final set was edged 17-15. Gilson was unable to complete his evening unbeaten as Robilliard dispatched him in straight sets. The doubles rubber was won by Stacey and Casey over Robilliard and Casey in 4 sets.
Third placed side Lions B also won this week, but they had a tough clash with 5th placed side Lions C and edged through 6-4. Dawn Morgan was influential for her side due to her unbeaten evening of singles action. She defeated Sam Clark in 4 sets before battling back from 2-1 down to overcome Andy Gill. Her final victory was her best as she once more battled back from 2-1 down to Paul Hainsworth in the final game of the night to win the decider 11-9 and give her side the win in the process. Phil Ogier added straight sets wins over Gill and Clark and also teamed with De Carteret to defeat Hainsworth and Clark in 4 sets in the doubles rubber. Each of the Lions players earned singles wins over De Carteret and Hainsworth added a further strong 4 set win over Ogier in his opening match of the night.
The league leaders crushed Ravenscroft Panthers A 9-1 in a match where Martin Sarre and Paula Le Ber each defeated Ben Foote, Peter Vivian and reserve Mick Ingrouille in singles actions. Craig Dunning added wins over Vivian and Ingrouille, however he was edged out 11-9 in the 5th set by Foote in the opening match of the night, Foote playing excellently and getting revenge for their earlier season encounter which Dunning had pinched 12-10 in the decider. Sarre and Le Ber won the doubles match against Foote and Vivian but needed the full 5 sets to get over the line.
Lions E were equally ruthless as they too dispatched their opposition with ease, a 9-1 win against a St Pauls A side missing Tim Le Page. Jez Powell and Caden Brouard each defeated Chas Elliott, Maurice James and Trevor Bourgaize in singles action, whilst James Crocker beat James and Bourgaize. Crocker was defeated in 4 sets by Elliott which prevented the whitewash, but he teamed with fellow junior Brouard to defeat Elliott and James in 4 sets in the doubles.
Ravenscroft Panthers D claimed the top of the table clash against Whistlers F 7-3 and now have a 2 point advantage at the top. Steve Martin was the best player of the match as he defeated Stuart Sarre in 5 sets, Matthew Board in 4 sets and Darren Sarre in straight sets. Shaun Mosley earned a good 5 set win over Stuart and also beat Darren in straight sets, but lost to Board in 4 sets. Mark Windsor made sure of the win during his 4 set win over Darren. Martin and Mosley extended the margin of victory courtesy of their straight sets doubles win over Board and Darren.
3rd placed side Whistlers G closed the gap to their team rivals to just a single point after edging past St Pauls B 6-4. Erik Teteruck was the key player for his side due to his wins against Derek Carter, Rob Vile and Connor Powell. Ken Falla beat Vile and Carter, but was beaten excellently by Powell in 5 sets. Falla and Teteruck finished the win by teaming to win the pivotal doubles rubber over Carter and Vile in 5 sets, having trailed 2-0.
4th placed side Lions I continue to win and their 5th consecutive win of the season sees them just 2 points off 3rd spot. This week they defeated Ravenscroft Panthers C 8-2. Carly Tucknott's form has been one of the key factors in this strong run and for the 5th consecutive league match she won all of her singles matches. These came over Brandon Ferbrache in 5 sets and Melissa Johns and Ingrouille in straight sets. Son Jayden and Erin Vaudin each defeated Ingrouille and Johns, but neither were able to get past Ferbrache who defeated them in 5 and straight sets respectively. The doubles was won by Jayden and Erin over Ferbrache and Johns in 5 sets.