Evesham held by close rivals Alcester in tennis league

First published in Sport

THERE was no separating Evesham and Alcester as they remained joint fourth on eight points after drawing 2-2 in the Wildmoor Spa League Premier Division.

John Clarke and Chris Francis saw off Duncan Robinson and Jack Newbold 6-1, 6-1 for Evesham and lost to the unbeaten Stuart Beach and Alex Woodbridge 6-1, 6-0.

Simon Wall and Andrew Crowther put up more of a fight against Beach and Woodbridge before losing 6-0, 7-5 but thrashed Robinson and Newbold 6-0, 6-0.

Second-from-bottom Littleton lost 3-1 to Ardencote Manor with Andy Reynolds and Jack Philpot taking the single rubber by beating Christian Hardy and Tom Holland 7-6, 6-4.

Richard Herborn and Simon Blewitt fell to Hardy and Holland 7-5, 5-7, 1-0 (10-6) after a decisive championship tie-break.

Ardencote’s top pair Ben Summers and John Brain defeated Reynolds and Philpot 6-2, 6-3 and Herborn and Blewitt 6-3, 6-3.

Henley climbed to third after a 3-1 victory over bottom-of-the-table Inkberrow, who were put on the scoreboard when Matt Saunders and Jim Richardson edged out Brett Mackay and Sam Turner 7-5, 6-7, 1-0 (12-10).

However, Mackay and Turner bounced back to beat Gordon Keir and Chris Dixon 6-3, 6-1.

Max Rettallack and Neil Supperstone defeated Keir and Dixon 6-1, 6-2 and Saunders and Richardson 6-2, 1-6, 1-0 (10-8).

Stratford opened up a six-point lead at the top following a 4-0 drubbing of Claverdon.

In Division One, leaders Studley ‘A’ pulled four points clear after beating their ‘B’ side 4-0, while Pershore are second after a 4-0 victory over basement boys Shipston-on-Stour.

Chipping Campden fielded only one pair in their 3-1 loss to Snitterfield and were docked a further point.

Division Two saw Moreton-in-Marsh ‘A’ pull four points clear on 13 thanks to a 4-0 romp over Whitnash and Stratford ‘B’ remained second despite being held 2-2 by Bidford ‘A’.

FISSC consolidated their position at the Division Three summit with a 3-1 win over bottom side Chipping Campden ‘B’.

In Division Four, Snitterfield ‘B’ went top after they beat struggling Chipping Campden ‘C’ 4-0.

Alcester ‘C’ hung on to joint second spot despite being held 2-2 by mid-table Littleton ‘B’.

Inkberrow ‘C’ top Division Five after beating Bidford ‘B’ 3-1 and Pershore ‘B’ are a point behind as they drew 2-2 with third-placed HDA ‘B’.

The bottom two teams met, resulting in Wildmoor ‘B’ defeating Inkberrow ‘D’ 3-1.

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