Four defeats but lucky Lynn is celebrating

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Not many people will have been able to match Lynn Wade’s record over the weekend.

On Saturday she played against Alverstoke II in Portsmouth & District League mixed division three for Chichester and lost both rubbers with partner Sean Terry.

However, they still managed to win the match by a margin of just four games, which was enough to ensure Chichester retained their place in the division.

Then on Sunday she captained the ladies’ team in a crucial match in ladies’ division three.

Five teams were still fighting for the top two places in the table and on Saturday, Ventnor comfortably defeated Southsea II 4-0.

That result kept Ventnor’s promotion hopes alive but at the same time, it quashed the Seasiders’ dreams.

But that all changed just 24 hours later, as Wade’s Chichester team met Wickham, another of the clubs in contention.

Yet again Wade and her partner, Val Briginshaw, lost both rubbers.

However, this time they did manage to take a set off their opponents.

With the other pair, Susy Benzie and Lou Kislingbury, winning both their rubbers, Wade’s team squeezed out victory by just one extra set, thus killing off Ventnor’s hopes.

This left Wickham the task of winning both their remaining matches to ease past Stubbington and claim the second promotion place.

There were no such dramas in division four, where PTA had claimed the sole promotion place some while ago.

However, Alverstoke II finished their season in style by recording their first win since early April – beating Lee IV by the odd set in nine.

But the match of the day was the mixed division three clash between Stubbington and Avenue IV.

Both teams went into the match knowing a 4-0 victory for Stubbington would secure them the second spot – Ventnor having already secured the first one.

But a 3-1 win would see the teams level on both points and rubbers, leaving promotion to be decided on sets, with Avenue needing to ensure that if they lost 3-1, they won at least three.

Stubbington started in style, winning the first two rubbers, but crucially Rob Mort and Helen Weekes won one set for Avenue IV.

Everything then hinged on the last two rubbers with Stubbington needing them both and Avenue needing just one.

An epic battle ensued before Mort and Weekes went down in three sets 7-5, 6-7, 6-7.

But father-and-daughter Phil and Ella Tusler came up trumps with a straight sets win over Mark Witham and Jenny Nicholson.

This enabled Avenue to sneak the promotion place, despite the defeat.

There was only one men’s match played at the weekend, with Warsash condemning Priory II to their 
fourth successive defeat and leaving them with a mountain to climb to avoid relegation.

Alverstoke’s mixed team were also in action, losing 3-1 to Lee-on-the-Solent.

But at least they had the 
consolation that Angela Meech and Jordan Booker secured their first rubber of the season!