The season opened with fewer teams than last year with some top teams departing but there are new teams at the bottom of the structure.
Champions Central A notched up a resounding 9-1 success against Cody A. Phil Snelson and Dennis Perrett picked up maximums. Perrett is returning after serious heart surgery and this result suggests that he may be even better. Peter Millard won twice in support. Central B eased past Tennis C with Martin Townshend and Robin Pretty unbeaten and Andy Appleby bagging a brace. Tennis A opened their campaign with a 7-3 victory over Frimley A. Rod Kay was unbeaten for Tennis with Eliot Tilley contributing a pair in support.
In the Second Division Cody B are already showing their promotion credentials after a 9-1 victory over Tennis E. Dario Cereda and Paul Mission each recorded trios whilst Duncan Sibbick won a couple. Bentley B and Tennis D shared the spoils with Michael Kwan unbeaten for Tennis. Robin Street and Paul Farrant each won twice for Bentley. Broadmoor A easily beat their B team 9-1. Tony Gabriel and Dave Connelly were both unbeaten with Keith Jones chipping in with a duo. Ash C picked up a very good 8-2 win over Old Woking. Alan Gess was unbeaten for Ash with team-mates Nigel Tustin and Chris Carter each winning twice but both losing to Old Woking’s Bill Matlock.
Tennis F, in the Third Division, proved far too strong for Ash E. Bob Brown won all his three for Tennis with Peter Killick and Paul Jarvis each winning a pair. Ash D beat their club mates, the F team, 9-1. Terry French and Les Knight were unbeaten whilst Dave Bentall won a couple. Tennis G eased past Frimley D 6-4. Martin Evans picked up a trio for Tennis with Anthony Connelly winning twice for Frimley. This was one of those matches when every player won at least once.
In the Fourth Division the performance of the week was the draw achieved by Tennis J, a completely new team, against an experienced Ash G outfit. Bob Murrell was unbeaten for Ash with Ray Mears supporting with a double this being matched by Tennis’ Tushar Vaja. Congratulations also to Charles Burton and Dave Lewis who opened their league accounts with wins against Roger Fletcher. Cody E, the bookies favourite for the division, beat Ash H 7-3 with both Kim Phillips and Nigel Roberts unbeaten. Crawley Ridge B whitewashed Ash J with newcomer Richard Pape unbeaten together with Richard Hornby and Peter Greenwood-Sleep. Frimley E eased past Cody F 6-4. James Maxwell was unbeaten for Frimley with Stephen Bridle chipping in with a brace. Young Phil Russell won twice for Cody.