Whistlers get job done with little fuss

WHISTLERS A are four points adrift of table-toppers Lions A going into the new year.

Matthew Casey did not drop a set in his three singles wins for Whistlers A. (Picture by Ben Fiore, 29019916)
Matthew Casey did not drop a set in his three singles wins for Whistlers A. (Picture by Ben Fiore, 29019916)

With the Doric Insurance Division One leaders having finished their pre-Christmas programme a week earlier due to their rearranged match, it left their title rivals to top the bill and they did so comfortably via a 9-1 win against bottom side Lions D.

Lawrence Stacey and Matthew Casey were each in strong form with singles wins obtained over Liam Robilliard, Steve Ozanne and Charlotte Casey.

Casey in particular was in top form as he did not drop an end during these encounters, while Stacey needed four sets to overcome both Robilliard and Ozanne, having dropped the opener in each.

Ryan Gilson had a tougher evening, but managed to battle past Casey in a close four-set encounter and Ozanne in an even closer five-set match in which the final set was edged 17-15.

Gilson was unable to complete his evening unbeaten as Robilliard dispatched him in straight sets.

The doubles rubber was won by Stacey and Matthew Casey over Robilliard and Charlotte Casey in four sets.

Third-placed Lions B also won, but they had a tough clash with fifth-placed Lions C and edged through 6-4.

Dawn Morgan was influential for her side due to her unbeaten evening of singles action.

She defeated Sam Clark in four sets before battling back from 2-1 down to overcome Andy Gill.

Her final victory was her best as she once more battled back from 2-1 down to Paul Hainsworth in the final game of the night to win the decider 11-9 and give her side the win in the process.

Phil Ogier added straight sets wins over Gill and Clark and also teamed with De Carteret to defeat Hainsworth and Clark in four sets in the doubles rubber.

Each of the Lions players earned singles wins over De Carteret and Hainsworth added a further strong four-set win over Ogier in his opening match of the night.

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