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ALCESTER A maintained their 100 per cent winning record in the Wildmoor Summer League Premier Division with a 4-0 victory over mid-table Chipping Campden.

The league leaders were made to earn their points against Campden before Charlie Watson and Marcus Powell beat Geoff Vaughan and Tobias Kemp 6-2, 6-4.

They then defeated Tom Partridge and George Richards 6-3, 6-2.

Barney Williams and Sam Thruston-nend (Alcester) were taken to a tie-break before overcoming Partridge and Richards 1-6, 6-3, 1-0, before beating Vaughan and Kent 6-2, 6-0.

Reigning champions Stratford-on-Avon continued their unbeaten run with a 4-0 win over Henley-in-Arden, who are still without a point this season.

Stratford’s first pair Max Hurtubise and Ryan Bolton beat Matt Williams and Tom Griffiths 6-3, 6-2 and then beat Marcus Tate and Max Retallack 6-4, 6-0.

William Morley-Cotterell and Jeremy Simmons (Stratford) dropped only two games in their thrashing of the Henley pairs.

First they beat Tate and Retallack 6-0, 6-0 and then overcame Williams and Griffiths 6-2, 6-0. Pershore had an even tougher task before emerging winners over Evesham.

Jon Guppy and Matt Sime (Pershore) squeezed past Andrew Crowther and Sam Turner 3-6, 6-3, 1-0. They then beat Simon Wall and Paul Everatt 6-3, 6-3.

Bradley Smith & Dan Walker (Pershore) downed Wall and Everatt 6-3, 6-3, and struggled past Crowther and Turner 6-7, 6-4, 1-0.

The last Premier Division fixture of the week saw Alcester B take the honours 3-1 against Littleton, but not without an almighty battle.

Alcester B first pair Sam Thruston-nend and Pete Watson needed a championship tie-break before overcoming Sean Witheford and Ali Witheford 1-6, 6-3, 1-0.

The Alcester pair then went on to beat Simon Blewitt and Richard Herborn 6-1, 6-3. On the other court club chairman Duncan Robinson and Emma Hubbard struggled before overcoming Blewitt and Herborn 6-3, 3-6, 1-0, but then the Alcester pair lost to Witheford and Witheford 2-6, 1-6.

Ardencote Manor stay top of the Division One table after defeating Stratford B 3-1 and pushing Stratford down to fifth in the table.

Redditch moved up to second thanks to their 3-1 away win over third-placed Claverdon.

Moreton-in-Marsh slipped to joint-third after being held to a draw by Alcester C.

Shipston stay rooted to the bottom as they had no match.

In the top-of-the-table clash in Division Two, the spoils were shared as leaders Pershore B and Ardencote B drew 2-2.

This result allowed third-placed Snitterfield the chance to close in on the leaders when they travelled to Inkberrow A.

However, Inkberrow came out 4-0 victors and jumped up three places to share top spot with Pershore B on 11 points. Snitterfield were pushed down to fourth.

Warwick joined Snitterfield in fourth place after they managed a 3-1 win over Henley B.

Finally, a bottom-of-the-table encounter saw Chipping Campden B entertain Claverdon B.

Before the game both had three points, but a valuable 4-0 win for Campden B helped them climb up to sixth place, leaving Claverdon B rock bottom.

Bidford A remain top of Division Three with 14 points, despite being held to a 2-2 draw by third-placed Shipston B.

This is because second-placed Redditch B surprisingly lost 4-0 to Chipping Campden B while mid-table Studley B drew at home to Inkberrow C.

Lastly, lowly Inkberrow B met Evesham B and a 3-1 win for the former meant they were lifted off the foot of the table and replaced the latter in sixth place.

Division Four remained unchanged with Stratford C retaining their lead at the top thanks to a 4-0 victory over basement boys Bidford B.

Wildmoor A stay second due to their 3-1 win over Moreton-in-Marsh B (6).

Tysoe scored their first points of the season with a marathon match against Warwickshire County Council which included two championship tie-breaks before Tysoe took a 3-1 result.

Third-placed Aston Cantlow visited fourth-placed Redditch C and came away with 2-2 draw.

In Division Five, Pershore C stay top, despite only gaining two points from their match with Wildmoor.

This is because the match stood at 2-0 to Pershore when rain forced a stop for the evening. The match will be finished at a later date yet to be confirmed.

Wildmoor Spa B join Pershore C at the top, thanks to a 4-0 away victory over Henley C.

Claverdon C are close behind the leading two after they beat Littleton B with a convincing 4-0 score.

Moreton-in-March C stay fourth following their 2-2 home draw with bottom side Shipston C.