These may be the lower divisions but the competition is just as fierce.
In Div 8E Seaford have dominated the Division winning all but one of their matches which they drew with Badgers. Over the course of the season they have used a squad of 8 players – all of whom have won most of their matches. Chris Showrell, Paul Odonoghue and Fraser Donaldson being the pick of the bunch. At one point Pav & Ave looked as though they would come out on top but now need to beat Amherst to pick up the second promotion spot.
Wickwoods ended up with 15 points to top Division 8W but will lose that position if West Worthing achieve maximum points against Henfield in the last game of the season. Henfield are currently second from bottom so will be motivated to put up a fight.
Division 9E is all about the Pavilion & Avenue Third team who have achieved a remarkable 23 points from their six matches dropping just one rubber in the process. And despite using 10 players there has been no lack of consistency with each individual contributing maximum points bar the one lapse. Southdown could finish second so long as they defeat Wadhurst in their last match.
In Division 9W, the situation there is much tighter. Slinfold have finished on 17 points but have completed all their fixtures. Rudgewick need just a draw against Howard to secure the Division title. Edward Wombell, Gabriel O’Keefe and Sean Murphy are the stars of the West Sussex Club with a 100% winning record.
In Division 10E although the teams had only 4 matches it proved to be a tight Division with just 3 points covering four clubs. Withdean, the Green, Cooden Beach and the Weald. But in the end it was Withdean who turned out on top despite a dreadful start to the season with a 0-4 defeat to the Green. It would appear to be Perry Freear and Daniel Curtis who changed things round.
Eight teams were involved in Division 10W and although Comptons have reached 21 points after their 7 matches (David Clifton and James Ratcliff leading the charge) they could be overtaken by Hurstpierpoint if they beat their closest rivals Billingshurst by maximum points. Tim Dawson and Andy George for Hurstpierpoint will need to be on top form.
To wrap up the Men’s Divisions a close inspection of Division 11W shows the tightest of finishes with both Crawley and Middleton on identical points, identical rubbers won and lost and a one set and one % difference between the sides. (When they played each other they drew !!) Jonathan Lipscombe of Crawley could have done no more winning all 12 of his rubbers dropping just two sets. But ultimately it might not have been enough. Brutal game tennis!!
All the results here:
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