TENNIS: Grantham men pull away to victory

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Grantham Tennis Club men’s fourth team took on a very strong Farnsfield side in the glorious sunshine at the weekend.

Captained by David Hall, who hopes to be returning to play in the near future, the team consisted of Sim Cook, Stephen Fay, Tom White, Harry Gibbons, Alex Gordon and Michael Cragg. The youthful Grantham side played some great tennis,and gained some good experience from the matches, with the Farnsfield side narrowly winning at the end of each rubber until the third when they managed to pull away and win the match 66-42.

l The indoor team played at Nottingham Tennis Centre against a strong Keyworth side. Captained by Rob Isaac, the team fielded was Mark Ottey, Colin Walton, Holly Richardson and Jo Jones.

In a very close game with both teams equally matched and the standard of tennis very high, the Grantham side just managed to edge victory 33-29. With this win, Grantham should now be safe and remain in Division Five.

l The mixed winter third team played against a strong Caunton side. The team, skippered by Pam Aust, also comprised Dom Newcombe, Janet Birch, Nigel Birch, Jo and Sam. Pam and Dom won 22-14, Janet and Nigel drew 18-18, and Jo and Sam triumphed 21-15 to complete a 61-47 overall victory.

l Grantham ladies’ first team defeated Mustons comfortable 96-12 in Division Three of the Winter League.

Captained by Lianne Tapson, the team were Charlotte Palul, Megan Jones, Liz Isles, Jackie Wilson, Liz Frobisher and Liz Williams.

As usual, the ladies played incredibly well with Charlotte and Megan winning 36-0 overall, Liz and Jackie 30-6, and Liz and Liz also 30-6. This means overall Grantham Ladies won 96-12, a very comfortable win and a great way to end the season.