TENNIS: Grantham’s mixed fourth team continue to impress

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Grantham Tennis Club’s mixed fourth team continued their great start to the season with another victory.

The team took on Washingborough’s first team in the Lincoln and District League Division Two match and triumphed by seven matches to two (91 games to 44).

Grantham’s pairs were Nigel Birch and Sue Cox, Rob Isaac and Kirsty Bundy, and Mike Roys and Laura Dixon.

Meanwhile, the mixed fifths enjoyed a comprehensive 18-0 win against Mansfield C to remain unbeaten with the team of Colin Walton and Sheena Gordine, Neil Robertson and Katy Dines, and David Todd and Lorraine Walton. The team also drew 9-9 at Woodthorpe with a side consisting of Colin Walton and Rachel Pulfree, who played very well in her first mixed match, Mark Ottey and Elaine Pulfree, and David Todd and Lorraine Walton

l Grantham A made it two wins out of two away at East Bridgford. Everyone played well and were rewarded with a 12-6 win. The team comprised Wendy Bland, Laura Dixon, Sue Cox, Ros Elphick, Holly Richardson and Claire Marris.

l A comfortable win at Boston left Grantham with a 2-1 away record for the 2015 Aegon season.

Luke Moore could have given Grantham the clean sweep in the singles by winning his first match as captain, but after battling back from a set and a break down, he finally succumbed in the championship tie-break, leaving Boston a glimmer of hope for the doubles.

However, Alistair Le Bas and James Drennan continued their winning partnership to again sweep away the opposition, leaving the other rubber effectively dead. Rob Start and Luke Moore wanted to finish the match off in style but just fell short.

The final score was 8-4, leaving Grantham in third place behind Deeping and Boston 2nd – the two remaining fixtures of the season.

l A strong Lincolnshire County Over-50s team, including Grantham Tennis Club member Paul White, played at Felixstowe in National League Two last weekend.

After a defeat the previous week, the first round of matches saw Lincs number one Mike Burnett and number two Paul White both win their singles comfortably 6-4, 6-2 and 6-0, 6-0 respectively, with the doubles pair of Dave Jones and Tim Strawson also winning their match on a third set tie-break.

The second round went the same way with Lincolnshire winning both doubles comfortably to secure a 5-0 win.