Warsash win gives mixed race extra dimension

Lee's ladies' second team

Lee's ladies' second team

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Warsash made it a four-way tie at the top of Portsmouth & District League mixed division one with a 4-2 triumph over Ryde Lawn’s second string.

The Isle of Wight outfit have now lost all four of their matches, though, and seem certain for an immediate return to division two.

Ryde’s third team fared little better in their derby with Ventnor.

They won just six games in a 4-0 defeat.

Linda Jones and Matt Knights – playing at number one – were particularly ruthless in winning both their rubbers 6-0, 6-0.

Carlton claimed a 3-1 win over Avenue’s third team in a cracking mixed division three encounter.

Nine sets were played – six of them finished 7-5, with another ending 7-6.

Tina Leighton-Smith and Gary Colmer produced a marathon effort as they played a total of 55 games to help Carlton to glory.

Avenue’s fifth string also suffered defeat as they went down 4-0 to Alverstoke in mixed division four.

Ryde Mead’s second team triumphed in the only men’s match played last weekend.

They defeated Seacourt’s thirds 4-0.

Mead’s ladies’ outfit were on song, too, as they whitewashed Southsea 4-0 – losing just six games on the way to division one glory.

Lee’s second team moved back to the top of ladies’ division two – displacing their own thirds – with a 4-0 win over Rowlands Castle.

In the third tier, Stubbington visited Chichester having played an average of 10 sets per match so far this season.

The Fareham outfit have lost each of those encounters and their luck did not improve in West Sussex.

Maureen Parker and Sara Pitkeathly took Chichester’s second pair to three sets – before losing the decisive tie-break.

They went on to beat the hosts’ first pair – again in three sets – but Chichester won the other two rubbers to seal a 3-1 success.

JEM Tennis Hamble extended their lead at the top of the table when they beat Sarisbury Green 4-0.

Seacourt’s second team recorded a good win 3-1 win over Lee’s fourth string in ladies’ division four.

n Southsea Tennis Club and Portsmouth Tennis Centre, along with facilities at Langstone and Cosham Park have been thrown open to the public as part of the Great British Tennis Weekend.

To get involved over the next two days or to find out more information, visit lta.org.uk/gbtw

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