Wickham are celebrating after clinching the Portsmouth & District League ladies’ division three title, writes Alan Best.
They snatched the silverware – from the grasp of Stubbington – following a 4-0 victory over Southsea.
Wickham’s victory was based on two solid rubber wins for Carol Duckworth and Sarah Eadon.
Katie Chamberlaine and Jane Dulson completed the whitewash, although they had to fight hard to win the final encounter with Hilary Clarke and Jasmina Elder.
In mixed division two, JEM Hamble II and Avenue II produced perhaps the closest match of the season.
There was nothing much riding on the fixture but all four rubbers went to three sets, with Avenue edging all four deciders.
The Havant club’s second pair, Neil Crawford and Lynn Wade, lost the opening set in both their rubbers – the first against JEM’s top pair, Steve Crofts and Florence Gimonet, and the second against Gavin Lane and Olea Fiavola.
George Bentley and Viola Masona’s victories won both openers before conceding the second.
The total of 109 games played was one of the highest of the summer season.
There was only honour at stake in the bottom-of the table clash between Ryde Mead II and Alverstoke in men’s division four but the match was played as if the title depended on the result.
Ryde had a slight advantage on games won after the first two rubbers but their rivals netted the reverse match-ups in three sets for a 3-1 win.
Alverstoke’s father-and-son pairing Chris and Carl Titterington edged past Rick Wyndham and John Gosling 6-3, while Gordon Gutteridge and Darren Harris edged home against Brian Roberts and Will Drake.
The Titterington family were well represented in Alverstoke’s ladies’ division three mid-table clash with Warsash II.
Mother-and-daughter partnership Sue and Laura, however, were unable to repeat the success of the male side of the family as Warsash ran out 4-0 winners.