Royal Mail 2 – 8 Henley A
FISSC 3 – 7 Shottery C
Shottery B 7 – 3 Henley B
Veterans 1 – 9 West Warwicks
Mike Evetts recorded a treble as Henley A defeated Royal Mail, although he had to overturn an early disadvantage against Wilf Chan before clinching the decider. Chan subsequently successfully went the distance with Henley captain Geoff Shephard, and also overcame Peter Quince thereby securing both of the Postmen’s victories. In the only other set to go to a decider Quince, despite loss of the opening game, took the honours in his clash with Dave Fordham.
Rob Poole and Ken Southwell were unbeaten in Shottery C’s win over FISSC, but Southwell had to overturn a 1-2 deficit in order to defeat Mark Kingham. The Farmer was also involved in the only other five game set against David Lincoln-Lewis until eventually winning through. Peter Florence and Peter Bruce-Moore added the team’s other scores.
It was the same 7-3 scoreline when Shottery B played host to Henley B. The opening set proved very close as Gareth Hepworth overcame loss of the first game against Robert McCluskey before claiming victory and going on to record a treble. The visitors’ captain had the consolation of a brace despite being made to work hard by Tony Remes with their clash going to a decider. Remes and Dave Milton each secured two sets for Shottery, although their team was unable to claim the doubles which was won with something to spare by McCluskey and Gordon Trinder.
West Warwicks gained a convincing victory at Veterans with Alison Stewart and Andy Rowland both producing perfect performances. Peter Rodwell added a brace but, in the only encounter to go the distance, narrowly lost out to George Mudie who thereby ensured his team avoided the whitewash.