Ladies’ championship hots up in Portsmouth

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The title race is hotting up in Portsmouth & District League ladies’ division one as contenders Avenue, Ryde Lawn and Ventnor all recorded victories.

The right to represent the competition in the Solent Cup will go right to the wire with Avenue facing home and away clashes with Ryde Lawn in their last two matches.

Warsash II remained in the driving seat in the second tier after a 3-1 win over Lee II.

They need just one point from their final match to clinch the title but opponents Avenue have a chance to snatch promotion with a win.

Portsmouth Tennis Academy (PTA) and Seacourt II are certain to finish first and second in division three.

PTA sit in top spot after a 4-0 win over Rowlands Castle.

But Seacourt still have to face strugglers Avenue III twice and can seal the title with two wins.

Sarisbury Green beat Southsea II in division four but could not beat the drop.

Meanwhile, Lee III won 3-1 at Ryde Lawn III to grab second spot.

In the fifth tier, the all-conquering JEM Hamble beat Avenue IV 3-1.

Alverstoke II edged a close match with Lee IV by just a single set to claim promotion.

In men’s division two, JEM Hamble secured the title with a 4-0 win over relegated Southsea II.

Priory II also went down after conceding victory to runners-up Avenue.

Lee II beat Ryde Lawn II 4-0 but the win was not plain sailing as all four rubbers went to champions’ tie breaks and the game score was 40-39.

Mixed division two title hopefuls Ryde Mead stumbled to a 3-1 defeat to Alverstoke.

Angela Meech and Jason Booker were the hosts’ stars, winning both their rubbers, including the decisive one against previously unbeaten pairing, Keith Willis and Millie Coombes.

The result means JEM Hamble are certain to be champions after a 3-1 win over Rowlands Castle.

Unbeaten Ryde Lawn III inflicted a first defeat on Avenue II in division three with a 3-1 success.