Brind and Wallis set up title push

LEE continue to dominate Portsmouth & District ladies division one recording their third successive win.

Saturday, 28th May 2016, 6:00 am
Southsea v Warsash 3. Pictured: Michael Isaacs, Jim Moore, Jill Scott, Karen Harrison, Vicky Bramble Stewart, Dawn DeWilde Robin Ellison, Jan Guthrie

They crushed Seacourt 4-0, establishing them as clear favourites to retain their title.

Helen Brind and Gill Wallis were in great form, losing just five games in the four sets played.

Ladies two is also topped by a team from Lee – this time their third team.

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But their position is as much due to games played as it is to dominance.

A good 4-0 win over Avenue seconds gave them their third win of the summer and top spot.

But they have now played six out of their seven matches, losing two and drawing the other, so they must watch the other results come in.

Southsea men’s firsts got their season under way with a 3-1 over Ryde Mead.

Angus Ball and Stuart Gray won both their rubbers.

They were backed up by a win from Tim Clark and Ollie Ward.

PTA have marched through the leagues unbeaten but Denmead’s first pair, James Craven and Aaron Blackman, edged two three set thrillers to earn a 3-1 win.

In men’s three Chichester recorded their second victory of the summer by 3-1 over Avenue fours, while Ryde Lawn thirds proved to be too strong for Fishbourne in Men’s four.

JEM Tennis Hamble look likely to surrender their mixed division one title after they were unable to send a full-strength team to Ryde Lawn.

The islanders took full advantage, despite strong resistance from Andy Long and Natalie Campbell, to record a 4-0 win and thus make themselves favourites for the title.

PTA’s recorded a comfortable 4-0 victory over Chichester.

They now look odds on favourites to reach the top division, just three seasons after joining the leagues.

Warsash seconds look to have a chance of joining them.

They confirmed their promotion credentials with a 3-1 win over Avenue thirds, with Karen Kirwan and David Skeete taking two rubber wins.

JEM Hamble’s second string recorded their third successive win in mixed three – this time against Carlton club.

Southsea notched up a comprehensive 4-0 win against Warsash thirds.

When Rowlands Castle’s John and Liz Marenghi stood at 5-0 down after just 15 minutes of their first set against Stewart Wilkes and Mary Robinson from Avenue five, they were contemplating an early finish.

However, an hour and a half and numerous 20 stroke rallies later, the Marenghis won in three sets.

They then won their second rubber, more comprehensively.

And with Dawn Wears and Tom Oliver also recording a double, Castle chalked up victory.

In the midweek masters league, Helen Weekes and Sue Price were in impressive form.