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Leaders stay unbeaten

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THE top three all returned to winning ways after the previous week’s clean sweep of draws in the top flight.

Phil Ogier won all his singles rubbers for Lions B against Lions C. (Picture by Andrew Le Poidevin, 21322346)

Whistlers B, who are yet to lose, led the way by a single point.

This week they powered their way to an 8-2 win over the side at the foot of the table, Whistlers A.

Lawrence Stacey led his team strongly courtesy of wins over Dawn Morgan, Ellis Tomlin and reserve Paula Le Ber, dropping just the single end to Morgan in the process.

Matthew Casey and Ryan Gilson each defeated Tomlin and Le Ber, but neither could get the better of Morgan.

Gilson also needed to be near his battling best against both Tomlin and Le Ber, as the left-hander trailed both matches 2-0 before coming through to win over five sets.

Stacey combined with Casey in the doubles and they edged past Morgan and Tomlin in five, having trailed 2-1.

Lions A continue to chase and they ended up 7-3 winners over Whistlers C.

Ryan Bichard, Jamie Ferbrache and reserve Jez Powell all defeated Mark Pipet and Charlotte Casey to make sure of the points.

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It was not plain sailing in those encounters, though, with Powell needing to come back from 2-0 down to get past Pipet in five and Ferbrache battling back from the same score to win over the distance against Casey.

A third deficit of 2-0 was reversed by the defending champions in the doubles where Bichard and Ferbrache defeated Josh Stacey and Casey.

Stacey was relentless in his singles matches for the defeated side, dropping just the single end during his four-set win over Bichard in the opener.

Lions B are a further four points back and they secured a narrow 6-4 win over fifth-placed side Lions C this time out.

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Phil Ogier led his team strongly due to singles wins over Paul Hainsworth, Andy Gill and Corey Brouard, the former win coming over the full five-set distance.

Dan Collenette added wins over Gill and Brouard, while Andre De Carteret picked up the pivotal sixth rubber courtesy of his four-set win over Brouard.

Hainsworth defeated Collenette and De Carteret in straight sets, while Gill overcame De Carteret in four sets.

Hainsworth and Gill also combined well in the doubles where they battled back from a 9-5 deficit in the fifth end against Ogier and De Carteret to edge it 11-9.

WHISTLERS D remain top of Division Two and added a further two commanding wins.

First up was a 9-1 win over Whistlers E, the only loss coming from Ken Falla’s excellent five-set win over Keith Opie, after having trailed 2-0.

They followed up on that with a 10-0 whitewash of Ravenscroft Panthers C.

Opie, Kay Chivers and Ben Sharp all defeated Richard Edwards, Juliette Yeaman and reserve Mark Windsor in singles action and Chivers and Opie finished proceedings by defeating Edwards and Yeaman in straight sets in the doubles clash.

Lions E are two points behind and the team of Jez Powell, Caden Brouard and Jonah Ingrouille also won both of their fixtures this week.

Finally, Lions D are three points behind with a game in hand on the leaders and they too kept the pressure on, with the team of Tim Le Page, Steve Ozanne and Carl Le Tissier also adding a further two wins.

St Pauls B have opened up a commanding three-point advantage at the top of the third Division after their important 7-3 win over title rivals Lions H.

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