Evesham in second but Stratford clinch tennis title again

Evesham in second but Stratford clinch tennis title again

Evesham in second but Stratford clinch tennis title again

First published in Sport

EVESHAM cannot win the Wildmoor Spa Tennis League Premier Division despite an emphatic 4-0 victory over mid-table Alcester.

Runaway leaders Stratford sealed the title for the 12th year in succession after a 4-0 win over Claverdon.

They head the table with 42 points and Evesham have 25 with only 12 more on offer.

The runners-up spot is still up for grabs with Ardencote Manor dropping back after losing 3-1 to Littletons, who pulled another two points clear of the relegation zone.

Fourth-placed Henley-in-Arden were held 2-2 by bottom side Inkberrow.

Evesham's Chris Francis and Rob Noble beat Alcester's Stuart Beach and Henry Williams 6-2, 6-1 and Barney Williams and Chris Harris 6-2, 6-2.

Simon Wall and Paul Everatt saw off Barney Williams and Harris 6-2, 6-2 and Beach and Henry Williams 6-2, 6-1.

Sean Witheford and Dave Rudge shone for Littletons, winning 6-1, 6-4 over Ardencote’s Ben Summers and Paul Silk and 6-2, 6-0 against John Turner and John Brain.

Jack Philpott and Chris Elliott beat Turner and Brain 5-7, 7-5, 1-0 (10-3) after a championship tie-break but lost to Summers and Silk 6-1, 6-2.

Henley's Max Retallack and John Hunt lost to Inkberrow's Matt Saunders and Gordon Keir 5-7, 6-2, 1-0 (10-8) but then beat Chris Dixon and Mike Baker 6-2, 6-3.

Brett Mackay and Emanuel Vaxler edged out Dixon and Baker 6-2, 2-6, 1-0 (10-7) but lost to Saunders and Keir 6-3, 7-5.

Pershore could only manage a 3-1 victory over relegation-threatened Shipston to go one point clear of Studley 'B' in second spot in Division One.

In Division Two, Whitnash upset leaders Moreton-in-Marsh 'A' 4-0 and are six points behind Moreton with a game in hand. Stratford 'B' dropped to third after being held 2-2 by fourth-placed Bidford 'A'.

Inkberrow 'B' remained second in Division Three after consolidating their promotion aim with a 3-1 win over Ilmington, who dropped into a relegation battle.

FISSC overtook Wildmoor 'A' for third place when they beat bottom team Chipping Campden 'B' 3-1.

In Division Four, leaders Henley-in-Arden 'B' had a week off, which gave Alcester 'C' an opportunity to cut their lead to four points when they defeated Littleton 'B' 3-1.

Snitterfield claimed a valuable 4-0 win over bottom team Campden 'C', leaving them and Littleton 'B' looking doomed to relegation. HDA 'B' took a big step closer to the Division Five title when they defeated nearest rivals Pershore 'B' 3-1.

Inkberrow 'C' drew 2-2 with Bidford 'B' as did Wildmoor Spa 'B' and Inkberrow 'D'.


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