TENNIS: Grantham club’s mixed fourth team keep promotion hopes alive

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Grantham Tennis Club’s mixed fourth team kept their chances of promotion alive with a 66 games to 42 home victory over rivals Eastwood in blustery conditions.

The pairings were Colin Walton and Sheena Gordine, Martin Garratt and Katy Dines, and David Todd and Lorraine Walton.

Grantham now need a win against Bingham in their next match to maintain their promotion aspirations.

The veteran second string played at home to a strong Louth side. Grantham consisted of captain Mike Roys and Mark Farmer, and Paul Kennedy with Peter Elphick.

With the matches underway, the rain started coming down heavily, forcing the players to move from the artificial grass courts to the fantastic new indoor courts, where the Grantham side were able to carry on their great performance, ending the match comfortable 8-0 victors.

Grantham ladies played at Burton Joyce in extremely cold and blustery conditions on Saturday, and pulled off a good win, triumphing 60 games to 48.

The team comprised of Elaine and Rachel Pulfree, Tracy Hobson and Karen Pye-Smith, and Elaine Maplethorpe and Angie Tapson.

Grantham Mini Red C team played this weekend at Boston to face Rustons and Sleaford.

The team produced some very good tennis and comfortably managed to win 34 out of the 36 matches, beating both Rustons and Sleaford.

John Sheardown, Ed Wynn, Gilbert Wynn and Harry Bliss were the young Reds that made up the strong Grantham side.

Grantham Red A team played at Joseph Whitaker Sports Centre to face a strong Welbeck Rangers.

The team consisted of Hugo, Toby, Josh Harris and Imogen Clough, and they managed to claim a comfortable 16-0 win.

Red B played Maskill Raskils A team and were victorious. Bethany Aust, Marc Blake, James Timms and Alfie Cooper played some fantastic tennis to claim the win.

Oranges A team beat Welbeck Warriors 9-0 with a team consisting of Luke Cullen, Leon DeRaco and Hugo Dunn. Orange B lost to Maskill Raskils A team 6-3 in a very close game, Sam McCarthy, Josh Harris and Toby Cullen on court.

Greens A beat Welbeck Wizards comfortably 9-0 with the team comprising Luke Cullen, Leon DeRaco and Alex Harris.

Greens B lost to Collingham 5-4 at the weekend. Harry Sanderson, Theo Milner and Charlie Morley played great tennis and were unfortunate to lose out.