Henley A 5 – 5 West Warwicks
Shottery B 3 – 7 Shottery A
Henley B 3 – 7 Shottery C
Royal Mail 4 – 6 FISSC
A Mike Evetts treble enabled Henley A to share the spoils when they entertained West Warwicks. However he had to overturn early disadvantages against both Alison Stewart and Andy Rowland, with victory over the latter finally achieved 11-9 in the decider. The two Warwicks players each went home with braces, as well as success in the doubles, while Peter Quince and Geoff Shephard added the hosts’ other scores.
Shottery B came close to a similar result when they took on their A team. Unusually the doubles was called first, and the second string narrowly lost out over four games despite scoring a point more than their opponents over the course of the set. In the opening singles clash Dave Milton won the first two games, and was 10-8 up in the third before Graham Poole hit a rich vein of form to take both the next four points and remaining two games. With Tim Fell overcoming Stephen Foster and Gareth Hepworth getting the better of Poole Shottery B found themselves trailing 2-3 at the break when they could so easily have been 4-1 ahead. The seniors took most strength from the half-time refreshments as they won the next four sets, with the pick Foster’s victory over the distance against Hepworth. In the final encounter of the evening Fell surrendered a two game lead against Poole before securing the decider.
Shottery C also came away with a 7-3 win at Henley B. Rob Poole earned a treble but, in the only set to go the distance, was made to work hard by Robert McCluskey. However his opponent did have the satisfaction of a brace, as well as achieving doubles success with Gordon Trinder. Ken Southwell and the ever-improving David Lincoln-Lewis each recorded two wins for Shottery.
A late withdrawal meant Royal Mail were only able to field two players when they met FISSC. The first two sets were the most keenly contested as Peter Bruce-Moore narrowly overcame Dave Fordham before Wilf Chan levelled the score for the Postmen with victory over Mark Jones. Chan went on to record a treble, while Jones subsequently also took the honours against Fordham and won the crucial doubles for the Farmers in partnership with Bruce-Moore.