Winter wonders Warsash win again

Alverstoke's Steve Blank, Adrian Allsop, Jamie Christie and Elliot Buckley
Alverstoke's Steve Blank, Adrian Allsop, Jamie Christie and Elliot Buckley
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Warsash breezed past Southsea as their stunning Portsmouth & District League record continued on Sunday.

The champions have not lost a winter fixture since January 2012.

And that record never looked under threat as they swept to a 4-0 success against their newly-promoted rivals in division one.

Father and son pair Rob Norris and Jake Norris were almost untouchable – losing just three games in the four sets they played.

Ian Udal and Matt Pond were nearly as effective, although they had to come through a tie-break in one of their four set wins.

In the third division, Seacourt II hit back from an opening defeat to get the better of Avenue II 3-1.

Seacourt’s regular first pairing of Ian Collier and Graham Cottle needed championship tie-breaks to win their two rubbers.

And the match was effectively over when Vince Venus and Jim Robertson – playing as the Hayling team’s second pair – beat Avenue’s first string of Rob Mort and Tony Parks 6-1, 6-1.

Also in the third tier, Portsmouth Tennis Academy (PTA) sealed a narrow win over Rowlands Castle.

Adam Ankcorn and Terry Lawrence were too good for the Rowlands pairs – losing just three games on their way to two victories.

Castle managed to squeeze through the other two rubbers on tie-breaks to level the scores at 2-2 but PTA claimed victory on sets – 6-4.

Lee III, who were relegated from the third division last term, cruised to a 4-0 win over Alverstoke in the fourth flight.

Neither Alverstoke pair could cope with the pace and power of Jim Clark and Les Ainley.

But both fought well against Lee’s second string with youngsters Elliott Buckley and Jamie Christie forcing Gary Lyndon and James Lazarus to play their best tennis to win.

Saturday’s heavy rain meant most of the scheduled ladies matches were postponed.

Warsash did manage to complete two winning rubbers against Seacourt, though.

That was sufficient to give them the match points in the first division.

Ventnor II claimed a similar 2-0 win over Ryde Lawn III in the fourth tier.

The only ladies’ match played to a conclusion saw Stubbington rack up their fourth successive win – a 3-1 success over Lee III.

In mixed division one, Ventnor beat Ryde Lawn to claim a first win of their winter season.

Ventnor’s Neil Roberts and Anita Pearce won a championship tie-break against Ryde’s top pair, which proved decisive in a 3-1 success.

The second division looks very competitive and JEM Hamble laid out their claims to the league leadership with a decisive 4-0 over Warsash II.

Wasif Cheema and partner Juliette Seaton played out a quadruple bagel – winning both their rubbers 6-0, 6-0.

And with their second pair recording 6-3, 6-3 and 6-0, 6-1 wins, they have set a very high standard.

In division three, Rob Mort and Helen Weekes were in dominant form for Avenue II in a 4-0 win over struggling Priory – who were playing only their second-ever mixed fixture.

Alverstoke II maintained their unbeaten record in division four when they strolled to a comfortable 4-0 victory over Wickham II.