Shottery C 5 – 5 West Warwicks
Shottery A 10 – 0 Henley A
Veterans 1 – 9 Shottery B
West Warwicks were held to a draw at ever improving Shottery C. The hosts capitalised on the late arrival of Andy Rowland by opening with the doubles, thereby enabling Rob Poole and Ken Southwell to draw first blood. The two Shottery players each added braces, although Southwell had to overturn an early disadvantage before defeating Rowland in the decider. In the closest encounter of the evening Poole was beaten 9 – 11 in the fifth game by Alison Stewart. The West Warwicks captain produced a great attacking display to earn a treble, with Rowland and Peter Rodwell adding the team’s other successes.
In contrast Shottery A maintained their blistering form by inflicting the whitewash upon Henley A. The runaway leaders also called the doubles first to provide Graham Poole and Stephen Foster with some early action. The pair responded by winning the opening game with ease, only to lose the next two, before drawing upon all their experience to claim the set over the distance. Both players then went on to earn trebles although, in the closest encounter of the evening, Foster had to overturn an initial deficit to defeat Mike Evetts. In the pair’s final game Foster raced to a 10 – 1 lead, only for his opponent to take the next six points, before he was able to stem the tide with a winning forehand.
When John Hunt got the better of Tim Fell his Veterans team may have been optimistic of achieving a result against Shottery B. However, from then on it was all one-way traffic as trebles for Gareth Hepworth and Jamie Fellows gave the Villagers victory with plenty to spare.