Hampshire earn their corn with title success

Charlie Jackson
Charlie Jackson
Charlie Jackson competing in the Hampshire Open which returns to the Pyramids Centre on June 10

Admiral take charge to defeat Pickwick

Neil Hewson was on target for Mr Pickwick A. Picture: Allan Hutchings

Pickwick set the pace in the summer league

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HAMPSHIRE booked their place in next season’s premier division with a 28-11 triumph away to Cornwall that saw them win division one.

Cornwall drew first blood as they went 2-0 up in the ladies’ B match but the visitors hit back to win 4-2 as Claire Cheney (Gosport), Dawn Simmonds (Havant), Sue Thompson (Gosport) and Kelly Palmer (Petersfield) were all winners.

Once more the home side were the early victors in the men’s second-string game as they took the opening set before Hampshire rattled off five on the trot courtesy of Conner Bevis, Robin Hathaway, Steve Jannaway (Lee-on-the-Solent), Mark Thorne and Andy Newcombe (Portsmouth).

Cornwall pulled a set back but that was all they could muster.

Charlie Jackson (Portsmouth), Paul Winter (Portchester), James Nicholson, Luke Getty and Mick Street completed a convincing 10-2 triumph.

Hampshire started the second day with a 14-4 lead and immediately extended it as Wendy Reinstadtler opened proceedings in the ladies’ first-team match.

Cornwall took the next set to level but it was one-way traffic from there on with Jo Senior (Locks Heath), Tara Power-Gillet, Jane Monaghan (Portsmouth) and Sue Lowther (Horndean) completing a 5-1 win that guaranteed Hampshire victory overall.

Chas Barstow and Mike Gillet put Hampshire’s men’s A team 2-0 up before Cornwall battled back to assume a 3-2 lead.

Hampshire pulled level through Brad Kirk before Cornwall moved ahead again, going 5-3 up.

Momentum then swung to Hampshire with Danny Pitman, Gary Stafford and Dave Coffin putting them 6-5 up.

Cornwall took the last set to draw the match 6-6 but it wasn’t enough to stop Hampshire’s promotion party.