23rd Jan, 2020

Bromsgrove continue to ace the test in H&W Winter League

Ben Tyler 10th Jan, 2020

RAMPANT Bromsgrove A stormed to a 10-0 whitewash of Bewdley to continue their Division Two title charge in the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Men’s Winter League.

As a result, Bromsgrove are 14 points clear of second-placed Beckford having played a game more.

Jim Round and Finley Cook set the tone with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Bewdley’s Paul Hughes and Mike Storey in the first match.

The other Bromsgrove pairing of Adam Dudek and Oliver Stratford won by the same scoreline in the second rubber against Laurence Speller and Sam Farnell, with the latter pairing also going down 7-5, 6-2 to Round and Cook.

A 6-2, 6-1 triumph by Dudek and Stratford then rounded off the thrashing against Hughes and Storey.

Bromsgrove’s C team were not quite as fortunate in their Division Four East derby at leaders Droitwich C, losing 8-2.

Pete Morris and Simon Hailstone came from a set down to win 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 in the opening rubber against the hosts’ Neil Bates and Jon Sarriegui.

But that was as good as it got for Bromsgrove, with their second pairing of Derren Brown and Harley Jones losing 6-2, 6-3 to Richard Clive and Ben Steel, followed by a 6-2, 6-1 defeat at the hands of Bates and Sarriegui.

More fight was shown in the final rubber in an attempt to rescue a draw, but Morris and Hailstone were unable to build on a win in the first set, eventually losing 6-4, 1-6, 6-7.

Despite the defeat, Bromsgrove C have moved up to fourth.

Elsewhere, sixth-placed David Lloyd Bromsgrove C romped to a convincing 10-0 win at Bewdley C in Division Six East.

It was DL’s first victory this term, having lost their only other match against Halesowen B 8-2 back in November.

Nigel Brookes and Lee Lindsay got the visitors up and running with a 6-1, 6-2 success over Roderick Gethins and Paul Aston.

Jamie Mason and Jonathan Botha then saw off Paul Marshall and Martin Lester 6-4, 6-3.

Another straight-sets win for Mason and Botha followed in the third rubber, beating Gethins and Aston in a 6-1, 7-5 win.

Botha then joined Lindsay for the final rubber to see off Marshal and Lester 2-6, 6-1, 6-0 to compound Bewdley’s misery.

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