28th Sep, 2020

Hot-shot opponents outclass Bromsgrove

Ben Tyler 21st Feb, 2020

BROMSGROVE C suffered a 10-0 hammering at the hands of Pershore B in the latest round of the Herefordshire & Worcestershire Women’s Winter League.

Division Four East leaders Pershore demonstrated their class against fourth-placed Bromsgrove, dropping just one set in the encounter and winning two thirds of their games played.

Rebecca Smith and Lorraine Russell were no match for the visitors’ Manon Van Seters and Clare Ralph, going down 6-4, 6-1, while Isabelle Bracknall and Stephanie Armstrong also fell in straight sets 6-0, 6-1 to Jane Warner and Ginny Lowe.

While Smith and Russell were able to take the third rubber to three sets, they remained on the losing side in a 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 defeat to Warner and Lowe.

Ralph and Van Seters then completed the whitewash, running out 7-5, 6-2 winners against Bracknall and Armstrong to extend their lead to eight points.

In Division Four East of the Men’s Winter League, Droitwich C emerged 6-4 victors away to Bewdley B in their final match of the season.

Droitwich currently top the pile on 38 points after their seven games, clear of nearest challengers David Lloyd Worcester B (28pts, four played) and Bromsgrove C (26pts, 5 played).

The visitors’ Ben Steel and Richard Clive ran out 7-5, 6-4 winners in the opening rubber against David Meek and Michael Rosoman, though Kevin Hodges and Philip Walton slipped to a 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 defeat at the hands of Bewdley’s Roderick Maiden and Andrew Minchlin.

Meek and Rosoman then handed out a 6-4, 6-3 defeat to Hodges and Walton, setting up a winner-takes-all scenario in the final rubber.

Droitwich’s Steel and Clive made no mistake with a straightforward 6-4, 6-1 triumph against Maiden and Minchin, ensuring their side took the bulk of the points.

David Lloyd Bromsgrove D suffered a 10-0 drubbing away to Far Forest A in Division Nine East.

In a top-versus-bottom clash, Bromsgrove’s Ken and Thomas Muir made a promising start when winning the opening set and taking the decider to a tie-break, but ended up on the wrong side of a 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 scoreline against Ben Jones and Marc Staniszewksi.

George Rudd and David Nott swept aside DL’s Chris Irwin and Stephen Ashford 6-3, 6-2 in the second rubber, before the Bromsgrove duo went down 6-1, 6-2 to Jones and Staniszewski.

A repeat scoreline in the final rubber, this time with the Muir brothers cut down by Far Forest’s Rudd and Nott, confirmed a resounding defeat for the visitors.

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