Bromsgrove sign off season with whitewash - H&W Winter League latest - The Bromsgrove Standard

Bromsgrove sign off season with whitewash - H&W Winter League latest

Bromsgrove Editorial 6th Mar, 2020   0

BROMSGROVE B finished their Herefordshire and Worcestershire Women’s Winter League campaign on a high note after whitewashing Stourbridge B 10-0.

As the first side in Division Two to complete all of their fixtures, Bromsgrove, who currently sit in second, have given themselves the best chance of a solid finishing position.

With the rest of the league yet to fulfil their remaining matches, the likelihood is that Bromsgrove will slide down the table having only won half of their fixtures this campaign.

Regardless of where they eventually finish, their final outing was one to remember as Hannah Weston and Kelly Kenward recovered from losing a first-set tiebreak to beat Eleanor Taylor and Helen Walker 5-7, 6-2, 6-2.

Ann Banner and Joan McGregor built on their teammates’ opening win by dismissing Janet Williamson and Jean Brayshay in straight sets 6-1, 6-4, followed by a similar success against Taylor and Walker 6-4, 7-5.

The rout was then completed when Weston and Kenward saw off Williamson and Brayshay 6-2, 6-4.

In Men’s Division Three East, Bromsgrove B were on the receiving end of a whitewash as they slipped to a 10-0 defeat at Worcester C.

Bromsgrove dropped to sixth after being leapfrogged by their opponents, who got off to the best possible start when Frank Carroll and Alex Hills beat Ashley Rutter and Philip Boardman 6-4, 6-1.

A 7-5, 6-3 defeat for the visitors’ Stephen Jones and Max Feltham spelled further trouble for Bromsgrove against Martin Haslam and Kieran Groom, followed by a 6-3, 6-1 loss for Jones and Feltham against Carroll and Hills in rubber three.

The visitors’ misery was compounded by Haslam and Groom, who fired their way to a 6-4, 6-3 success over Rutter and Boardman to confirm the whitewash.

It seemed to be the week of the whitewash, as David Lloyd Bromsgrove B swept aside hosts Barnt Green B 10-0 in Men’s Division Four East.

Green’s Paul Gordon and Will Scarle were no match for Richard Garbett and Cormac O’Connor in their 6-2, 6-4 opening defeat, while Hammad Ahmad and Chris Linsell had no answer against DL’s Martyn Langston and Thomas Griffiths in rubber two, losing 7-5, 6-1.

Langston and Griffiths beat Gordon and Scarle 6-1, 7-5, before Garbett and O’Connor finished off with a 6-2, 6-0 triumph over Ahmad and Linsell.

DL Bromsgrove now lie second, six points behind Droitwich C with two matches in hand, while Barnt Green stay second bottom.

A 5-5 thriller meant it was honours even in Division Ten East between Droitwich F and Wombourne.

Droitwich F were hoping to boost their top-two ambitions with a victory heading into the encounter, with both sides currently joint second on 37 points, albeit with Sunday’s hosts having played a game more.

Wombourne drew first blood when Andrew Saunders and Adrian Jeavons beat John Jenkins and Mark Venables in straight sets 6-3, 6-2.

A 6-1, 6-2 victory for Jonathan Carter and Daniel Ballard against the visitors’ Mick George and Owen Barton then followed, levelling the tie.

Successive defeats for George and Barton meant Droitwich assumed the upper hand for the first time as Jenkins and Venables ousted their opponents in a tiebreak, winning 6-4, 2-6, 7-6.

But when Saunders and Jeavons turned the tables in the final match, coming out on top 6-4, 7-5 against Carter and Ballard, the points were shared.


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