Lee’s men continue to set the pace

Lee men's III team, from left, John Dubber, Steve Webb, James Lazarus and Jim Clark
Lee men's III team, from left, John Dubber, Steve Webb, James Lazarus and Jim Clark
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Lee’s men’s team continue to make their rivals sit up and take notice.

Their third team secured a third 4-0 win in succession in division three – this time against Rowlands Castle.

Meanwhile, the fourth team also clocked up three in a row.

They play in division four, and the rubber score against Fishbourne II was 3-1.

In total, the four Lee men’s teams have played 12 matches between them this winter, winning them all.

Other men’s matches in this week’s Portsmouth LTA saw Chichester ease home 3-1 against Southsea in division four, while a third-set

match tie-break win for Jack Golden and Dan Francis enableD Seacourt II to claim maximum points against Alverstoke in division five.

Seacourt ladies’ second team were also in action, but they went down 3-1 to JEM Tennis Hamble in division three.

Ryde Mead, runaway leaders in division four, took on second-placed Rowlands Castle and were well in control when rain intervened.

Yet Mead claimed maximum points based on their 2-0 half-time lead.

A full programme in division five saw Avenue IV end Lee IV’s three-match unbeaten run.

The first round of rubbers was shared, with Lee taking a four-game advantage.

Sarah Long and Sally Ann Denton then took their reverse rubber against Mandy Reid and Deena Tarrant, wiping out the four-game advantage.

Going into the final rubber, Deb Bullen and Sam Scott-Conaty took the first set for Lee.

But Mary Robinson and Linda Barber fought back to take the second set.

And although Bullen and Scott-Conaty took the match tie-break to level the rubbers and secure a point, the set won by the losing pair was enough to give Avenue the extra winning draw point.

There was another 2-2 draw in the match between Sarisbury Green and Warsash, with the latter’s second pair of Jackie Gregory and Sue Kitt managing to win a set in their losing rubber against Gwen Isaacs and Cheryl Goater.

The final match in ladies’ division five saw Chichester ease to a 3-1 win over Canoe Lake 2.

Warsash got the better of Avenue 4-0 in the mixed league division one.

In division two, Canoe Lake and Ventnor II fought out a 2-2 draw, with the island team edging the winning draw point thanks to a set gained by Maddy Clewett and Dave Richards in their losing rubber with Terry Lawrence and Fiona Goode.

But Ryde Lawn III continue to carry all before them in this division.

Warsash II were their latest victims, ALthough the 4-0 scoreline was potentially distorted by an injury to one of the Warsash players early in the match.

Also in mixed division two, JEM Hamble kept their faint promotion hopes alive with a 3-1 win over Chichester.

Meanwhile, in mixed division four, Carlton Green ii swept past Active Academy 4-0.

Midweek action saw wins for the mixed teams from Lee (5-4 against Southsea) and Chichester (3-1 against Warsash).

Both Lee and Warsash were involved in ladies’ midweek matches.

Lee secured another 5-4 win this time against Fishbourne II, while Warsash claimed a 3-1 win over Canoe Lake.

- ALAN BEST