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Sun, 17/03/2019 - 18:07 -- Dave Brown
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The first silverware of the season has been decided when the Division Two Cup Final was contested by the top two sides in the division. Ash D were listed as the home team with Tennis C playing away. Ash D started well with Andy Clegg beating Shaun Newbold and Paul Creamer getting the better of Colin Baggott. Tennis came back with a win for Mirko Danso over Brian Smithers and Newbold over Creamer. Clegg then beat Danso to put Ash ahead again but that was the end of the successes for Ash as Baggott beat Smithers, Danso beat Creamer and Newbold beat Smithers to give the trophy to Tennis 5-3. Clegg was unbeaten for Ash but never played his final singles. Tennis will now try and complete the league and cup double.

The semi-finals of the Handicap Cup took place with two matches which pitted First Division opponents against Fourth Division. Central A hosted Tennis K and all the starts for Tennis were the maximum of 25. They utilised this to ease into a 3-1 lead with Joe Sparkes beating Julie Lawrence, Keith Johnson beating Paul Baker and winning the first doubles. In between Phil Snelson beat Graham Dorey. Then Central had a run of three singles with victories for Lawrence, Snelson and Baker. Tennis won the next doubles to square the match at 4-4 then the next two singles were shared with Snelson completing his maximum and Sparkes beating Baker. Lawrence pulled out all the stops against Dorey to ease Central into a 6-5 lead. To win the match Tennis had to win the final doubles and by at least six points. This proved beyond them and Central took the matxh 7-5 and still have the treble in their sights. That is also the case for Crawley Ridge D who won their semi-final more convincingly 8.5 to 3.5. Both Yeuk Wan and Eric Wong were unbeaten for Crawley Ridge D.

The First Division Cup is at the semi-final stage and holders, Central B, claimed a place in the final with a 6-2 success over Tennis B. Andy Appleby led the way with a trio and Martin Townshend won the two games that he played.