Ryde show their class to close in on title

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Ryde Mead won the battle of the top two teams in Portsmouth & District League ladies’ division one.

They saw off Avenue 3-1, meaning Lee are now their only remaining rivals for the title.

In ladies’ two, Ryde Lawn 2 made it five wins in succession as they beat Warsash.

Claire Ryan and Jan Grant, the first pair for Warsash, put up stubborn resistance.

They took a set off Jenny Boswell and Suree Russell but couldn’t hold on to prevent Lawn taking all four rubbers and setting themselves up as title favourites.

Ventnor’s 3-1 victory over Avenue 3 ensured that ladies’ three remains highly competitive, with five of the seven team separated by just two points.

In mixed division two, Ventnor clocked up another victory, although Seacourt’s first pair, Lou Green and Hugh Latham, managed to win a rubber – something that none of Ventnor’s previous four opponents had done.

Avenue 2 are making a late run for promotion, having secured a good 3-1 win away to Ryde Lawn 3.

Phil Broad and Heather Halliday were the stars of the Avenue’s show, winning both their rubbers for the loss of just eight games in all.

Steve James and Liz Lim started impressively, beating Ryde’s fist string in straight sets.

But they faltered against the second pair, going down 2-1, albeit the sets they lost were both on tie breaks!

In men’s one, Priory had to beat old rivals Ryde Lawn 1 to stand any chance of avoiding relegation.

And with Lawn having narrowly lost their only match to date, Priory travelled to the island with some confidence – only to return deflated after a 4-0 defeat.

Ryde’s win keeps them in with an outside chance of retaining their title.

But they will have to overcome newcomers JEM Tennis, Hamble tomorrow to keep their hopes alive.

Warsash 4 have had a good run recently, winning two matches in succession, but their bubble was well and truly burst when they ran into a Chichester 2 team in top form.

Hugo Frey and Sivakumar Pillai lost only five games in the four sets they played, while Tom Ritchie and Rick Hallaby lost six.

Chichester Masters trounced Warsash 4-0.