The leading Lions and Whistlers sides continue to record wins in the top flight of the Doric Insurance sponsored senior leagues, with each coming through as 7-3 victors this week.
As a consequence Lions A remain with a 4 point lead at the top and they had the tougher clash this week against 3rd placed side Lions B. Ben Foss continued his momentum from victory in the Capelles Open Singles tournament just 2 evenings reserved with another unbeaten evening. He was sharp all evening and did not drop a set in any of his singles encounters against Phil Ogier, Dawn Morgan and Andre De Carteret and he also combined well with Ryan Bichard to defeat Ogier and Morgan in a 5 set doubles duel. Bichard had a good evening himself which saw a 4 set win over Morgan and a straight sets win over De Carteret, whilst Jamie Ferbrache added a hard fought 5 set win over De Carteret. Ogier defeated Bichard and Ferbrache in straight sets, whilst Morgan overcame Ferbrache in 4 sets in the final match of the night.
Whistlers A's victory came against 5th placed side Lions C, however the match was also hard fought. Lawrence Stacey led the way strongly with a trio of singles victories over Paul Hainsworth, Andy Gill and reserve Jez Powell, however the encounter with Hainsworth was an epic. The pair have a number of closely contested matches this season and this one included an excellent comeback from Stacey, who trailled 2-0 in games and 7-3 in points before battling back to pinch the end 11-9. He was also up against it in the decider, but battled back from 9-7 to edge it 12-10. Matt Casey and Ryan Gilson also played some good table tennis with each defeating Gill and Powell, with Casey needing the full 5 sets to overcome Powell. Despite the loss to Stacey, Hainsworth beat Casey in 4 sets, Gilson in straight sets and also combined excellently with Gill to earn an emphatic straight sets doubles win over Stacey and Gilson.
4th placed side Whistlers B ran out as 8-2 winners over Lions D in the final top flight match of the week. Joshua Stacey and Ben Sharp enjoyed evenings which consisted of singles wins against Steve Ozanne, Charlotte Casey and reserve Jonah Ingrouille. They also won the doubles rubber against Ozanne and Casey in straight sets. Reserve Mark Pipet beat Ingrouille in straight sets, but was beaten in straight sets by Ozanne and Casey, which prevented the whitewash.
Lions E maintained their single point advantage at the top following a 7-3 win over Ravenscroft Panthers A. Jez Powell and reserve Luke Le Tissier each defeated Ben Foote, Sam Kershaw and Peter Vivian in singles action, whilst the other Lions reserve Connor Powell earned a notable scalp by overcoming Vivian in 5 sets. Kershaw and Foote prevented the whitewash due to each of them beating Connor in straight sets, whilst Kershaw and Vivian won the doubles match over Le Tissier and Powell in 4 sets.
Whistlers D continue to chase and they too ran out as 7-3 winners, Lions G the side to fall to the title chasers. Martin Sarre, Craig Dunning and Paula Le Ber all beat Ian Le Page and Jonah Ingrouille in singles action to make sure of the win and Sarre and Dunning also won the doubles encounter against Le Page and Ingrouille in straight sets. None of the Whistlers side however could get the better of Nye Matthew, who played some great stuff which resulted in matching 5 set wins over Sarre and Le Ber and a straight sets win over Dunning in the opening match of the night.
Ravenscroft Panthers D remain a single point clear following a heavy 9-1 win over St Pauls B. Shaun Mosley and Mark Windsor defeated John Wills, Brian Le Cras and reserve Connor Powell in singles action, whilst Mosley and Windsor won the doubles over Wills and Le Cras in straight sets. Steve Martin added wins over Le Cras and Wills, however he lost to Powell in 5 sets which prevented the whitewash.