Warsash win thriller with JEM

JEM v Warsash. Ian Udal, Martin Wilkinson, Dan West, Matt Pond, Wasif Cheema, Andy Long, Mark Turl, Zander Woodford Smith
JEM v Warsash. Ian Udal, Martin Wilkinson, Dan West, Matt Pond, Wasif Cheema, Andy Long, Mark Turl, Zander Woodford Smith
Sue Price competing in the Portsmouth Tennis League.  Picture: Neil Marshall (171040-1)

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The spectators who turned out at Hamble on Saturday were treated to some high-class tennis in the Portsmouth & District League.

Warsash kept their slim championship hopes alive by overcoming JEM Tennis by a single set.

Warsash’s first pair, Dan West and Matt Pond raced through their opening rubber, blitzing JEM’s Mark Turl and Andy Long 6-1, 6-1.

On the adjacent court, Warsash’s Ian Udal and Martin Wilkinson lost the first set 6-4 to Zander Woodford-Smith and Wasif Cheema.

But Udal and Wilkinson took the second set 6-2.

The JEM pair recovered in the third set to take the rubber but with the reverse rubber against Turl and Long to come, Udal and Wilkinson were confident the set won would be the decider.

And so it proved. West was hampered by a shoulder injury and with Wasif’s service improving, JEM won a second rubber.

But with Turl and Long losing 6-1, 6-0 to Udal and Wilkinson, Warsash claimed the match victory.

Rowlands Castle youngster Tom Oliver made his league debut in a 3-1 defeat at Lee.

The experienced Lee duo Les Ainley and Jim Clarke proved too strong for both the Castle pairs.

Neil Meagan and Matt Bennet earned what proved a consolation win for Rowlands.

Meanwhile, Lee enjoyed a 3-1 win over Avenue firsts in ladies’ one.

Lee’s April Brown and Barbara Parodi won both.

But Gemma Rogers and Helen White lost to the Avenue first pair and were in danger of going down to their seconds before recovering to win the final set on a tie break to seal the match.