Lee maintain their advantage at top of standings

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Lee’s men’s teams continued their domination of the Portsmouth League’s top two divisions.

Their first team fought hard to claim a winning draw against Ventnor and retain their place at the top of the standings.

And Lee’s second team lead the way in division two after they eased past Fishbourne 4-0.

Mark Wallis and Chris Cunningham had to win a third-set match tie-break to get the better of Tom Craddock and Tom Dry.

Meanwhile, Nick Challis and John Dubber won both their rubbers quite comfortably.

In the same division, Warsash II are recovering from a shaky start.

They followed up last week’s win over Alverstoke with an impressive 3-1 victory over Chichester thanks to important tie-break wins for Martin Doyle and Jonty and Jim Moore and Mike Stevens.

A match tie-break was also crucial to Southsea II in their win over JEM Tennis Hamble II in division three.

John Chequer and Martyn Cox sailed through the second set against Graham Richardson and Gavin Lane 6-0.

But they had lost the first 7-6 and needed the tie-break to win the rubber.

Win they did, and that was enough to carry them home 3-1.

In division four, Chichester II edged past Avenue III by 5-4, while, in division five, Canoe Lake III record a comfortable 3-1 win over Warsash III.

In the ladies’ league, Warsash – fielding a very strong first pair in Jo-Anne Downing and Isla Hignett – recorded their first win of the season in division one.

They beat Canoe Lake 4-0.

Lee III won the clash between the two bottom teams in division two, while in division three, Portsmouth Tennis Academy proved to be too strong for newly-promoted Stubbington.

The division five match between Warsash III and Chichester ended with the rubbers and the sets shared.

But Warsash secured eight more games overall than the Chichester team and that was enough to give them the winning draw points.

Warsash’s mixed II team also had a winning weekend, though by a more comfortable 4-0 margin over Canoe Lake.

The closest match of the weekend saw Alverstoke edge past Active Academy 3-1.

But it could so easily have gone the other way.

Mid-week matches saw Avenue beat Ryde Lawn II 4-0, David Lloyd West End edge past Fishbourne 6-5 and Avenue II beat Fishbourne II 5-4.

- ALAN BEST