Avenue ace Warsash to claim title

Avenue II took on Warsash II in a decisive battle for the Portsmouth & District League ladies' division two title. The players were Helen Weekes, Gill Clarke, Francis Palmer, Leanne Stevenson, Liz Hanratty, Jackie Gregory, Sheena Quinn, Karen Downie
Avenue II took on Warsash II in a decisive battle for the Portsmouth & District League ladies' division two title. The players were Helen Weekes, Gill Clarke, Francis Palmer, Leanne Stevenson, Liz Hanratty, Jackie Gregory, Sheena Quinn, Karen Downie
Sue Price competing in the Portsmouth Tennis League.  Picture: Neil Marshall (171040-1)

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Avenue II demolished Warsash II to take the Portsmouth & District League ladies’ division two title.

They strolled to a 4-0 victory with Gill Clarke, Francis Palmer, Leanne Stevenson and Helen Weekes all in fine form.

Alverstoke’s 3-1 victory over Ryde Lawn II condemned the latter to relegation.

They join Lee II, who completed a winless season with a 3-1 loss to Chichester.

In division one, Ventnor consolidated second with a 4-0 win over Warsash and Avenue celebrated their title with a 4-0 victory over Ryde Lawn.

The Isle of Wight side had earlier lost a close match with Lee by the odd set in nine.

In the top flight of the men’s competition, Lee narrowly failed to net their first win of the season.

Matt Rogers and Martin James landed both their matches but Lawn hit back to seal success 6-4 in sets.

Lee’s second string beat Southsea II 4-0 in division two.

The win ensured both Lee teams will play in the same division next winter.

Warsash had long tied up the mixed division one title before last weekend.

So it was a surprise when they sent a powerful team to Avenue only to return pointless.

The rubbers were shared 2-2 – with Ian Udal and Victoria Pine winning both for Warsash.

However, the Avenue pairings of James Rosenthal and Katie Rowley, Jason Ellis and Anna Newman overcame Martin Wilkinson and PG Udal.

Rosenthal and Rowley took a set off Udal and Pine, which gave Avenue the advantage.

In the second division, Ryde Mead overcame Chichester 4-0.

The game could have gone either way but Chichester lost two champions tie breaks and the defeat condemned them to relegation – much to the relief of Rowlands Castle.

The weekend was rounded off by Wickham’s gallant mixed division two outfit who recorded their first victory of the season.

They sealed a 3-1 triumph over Ryde Mead’s second string.

Peter and Janet Eade claimed victory in both their rubbers.

And skipper Lyse Lemieux, playing with Mark Martin, defeated Ryde’s John Gosling and Moza Ackroyd to ensure the victory.