TENNIS: Grantham club second team gain promotion with last match of the season

Tom White and father Paul White.
Tom White and father Paul White.
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Grantham Tennis Club men’s second string went into last Saturday’s match knowing the winner would lift the Notts County Division Three title trophy and gain promotion.

They travelled to Nottingham to take on a strong Woodthorpe with their own team featuring a blend of youth and experience. Paul White played with son Tom White, Andrew Isaac with James Drennan and Murray Shaw partnered Michael Cragg.

The first round was shared three points apiece with the Grantham team getting used to the away courts. In the second round, a good win from the Whites and an excellent draw against the first couple from Cragg and Shaw saw Grantham go into win the round 4½-1½, to take a 7½-3½ lead into the last round. That was also won 4½-1½ for a 12-6 match win and promotion to the Notts County Division Two.

Cragg and Shaw playing the third couple but finished with the best win/loss record on the day.

l The club men’s first team travelled to Nottingham last Sunday to play their first Winter League match, having been promoted to Division Two.

A moderate Magdala team were dispatched easily, 88 games to 20, by a strong Grantham team of Richard Cragg, Darren Taxis, Paul White, Andrew Isaac, Richard Smart and James Drennan.

Captain Paul White said: “Stiffer tests will come but for now we are just happy to get a win in our first match in the league. A strong performance by first couple Darren Taxis and Richard Cragg and some strong hitting from Andrew Isaac were the highlights.”

l Grantham ladies’ veteran first team took on Grimsby 2nd at home last Saturday.

The strong team came away with an extremely comfortable 7-1 set win with Melanie Bloodworth and Pam Aust winning both of their matches, and Liz Isles and Sue Edmonds dropping just one set in the whole match.

l Last Sunday, the men’s veteran second team played their first game in Lincs Division One.

Up against last years runners-up Grimsby, it was always going to be a difficult opening game to the season but the team of Mike Roys, Mark Farmer, Rob Isaac and Nigel Birch gave a good account of themselves, with each pair winning one set.

But it was not enough for victory but a good performance nonetheless, with the overall result a 6-2 defeat.

l The Grantham club’s third mixed indoor team travelled to Nottingham Tennis Centre to meet a tough Attenborough side last Monday evening.

The Grantham side consisted of captain Rob Isaac, Barry Priestley, Jo Jones and Yvonne Walker.

Grantham got off to a great start by winning the men’s doubles match. But the ladies could not replicate their male counterparts.

Grantham managed to take one of the mixed matches, but Attenborough comfortably won the other to take a 35-24 victory.