All four Alderminster based teams were in action at their communal venue as two simultaneous 'local derbies' were played out. The most keenly fought contest saw Shottery B and C finish with honours even. In-form captain Rob Poole delivered a stunning performance to produce a treble which provided the backbone to the third string’s share of the spoils. Ken Southwell added a further victory, but the key result of the fixture was earned by David Lincoln-Lewis. In the only match to go the distance he was nip and tuck all the way with Tony Remes before finally securing the decider 17-15. Tim Fell and Gareth Hepworth notched braces for the senior side, with the latter also successfully combining with Remes in the doubles.
Meanwhile, on the adjacent table, it was a little more one-sided when Shottery A took on Royal Mail. Nello Mauri was on song for the Postmen defeating Stephen Foster in three very close games. He was given an even sterner test by Graham Poole before finally emerging victorious in the decider. Poole was also taken to the wire by Wilf Chan but, after finding himself two games down, found his form to take the honours. Gary Stewart was untested for the league leaders and, with Poole and Foster earning braces, it was enough to see them home 8-2.
It was an 11pm finish for Royal Mail in their next outing when they took on FISSC. Once again it was Mauri who led the way acquiring a treble with only Peter Florence offering any resistance. However, of the six other singles matches five went the distance. Malcolm Heritage was at a two game disdavantage against his old rival Malcolm Smith before moving up a gear to claim their encounter in the decider. Heritage was also behind to Richard Bennett but, once again, was able to come through. However he was prevented from making it a perfect performance by Florence who, after a gargantuan struggle, eventually emerged victorious.
Wilf Chan overcame Bennett at the last hurdle but also fell victim to Florence. In another epic, which included longest game in the league so far this season which the Postman secured 19-17, Florence finally grabbed the decider and thereby registered both his team’s’ successes as they finished on the wrong end of an 8-2 result .
Henley A captain Geoff Shepherd sat out their fixture against West Warwicks but went along to provide support. However, when he arrived at 8.30pm his team had already raced to a 4-0 lead and virtually had the match in the bag. Mike Evetts was on great form for the hosts with two of those early successes and he went on to complete a treble without the loss of a game. This included a hard fought victory against Alison Stewart, the only player to have defeated him in the Stratford league this season. Don McAdam added a brace, as well as partnering Evetts in the doubles which was the only contest to go the distance. Peter Quince provided Henley's other score as they ran out 7-3 winners. For the visitors Andy Rowland's backhand enabled him to chalk up two wins with Stewart adding their third.