West Warwicks 8 – 2 Henley B
Shottery A 10 – 0 Royal Mail
Shottery C 6 – 4 Shottery B
Henley B captain Robert McCluskey got off to a great start when his team met West Warwicks. In the opening set he raced to a two game lead against Alison Stewart, only for his opponent to raise her performance and secure victory over the distance. However McCluskey had the consolation of gaining both Henley’s successes, which included the prized scalp of Andy Rowland in the only other encounter to go to the wire.
Stewart recorded a treble for West Warwicks with Rowland and Peter Rodwell adding braces. The latter played particularly well to overturn an early deficit against Gordon Trinder, with their clash taking sufficient time to allow Rowland to glue together his bat, which had broken at the end of his set with McCluskey, enabling him to secure victory with the unbeaten Stewart in the closing doubles.
Shottery A inflicted yet another whitewash when they took on Royal Mail. With Gary Stewart unavailable they drafted in John Price who won his three sets without conceding a game. Graham Poole and Stephen Foster were also untroubled, although the latter surrendered a two-game advantage against Wilf Chan before beating the Postman in the decider.
Shottery C may consider that the balance of power is changing after inflicting a surprise defeat upon their own second string, although the senior side will point to the absence of their charismatic talisman Tim Fell. Rob Poole took full advantage maintaining his recent run of form to record a treble with the loss of just a single game. Ken Southwell was prevented from attaining a maximum by Gareth Hepworth but, in partnership with Poole, had the consolation of overcoming him and Tony Remes in the decisive doubles.