TENNIS: Grantham veterans enjoy comfortable victory

Grantham Tennis Club men's second team, from left - Michael Cragg, Rob Start, James Drennan, Adam Tapson, Joe Patton and Paul  White.
Grantham Tennis Club men's second team, from left - Michael Cragg, Rob Start, James Drennan, Adam Tapson, Joe Patton and Paul White.
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Grantham Tennis Club veterans’ first team entertained St James, of ,Grimsby last Sunday.

Blustery and at times wet conditions made fluid play difficult, but with home advantage Grantham started the tie with Paul White and Dave Blanchard scoring an easy first round victory (6-1 6-2) against St James’ second couple. Rob Isaac and Nigel Birch, playing against a very good first couple, overturned a 4-2 deficit in the first set to win it 7-5, and closing out the second set 6-4.

With a two rubber advantage, the second round was an easier affair with Paul and Dave winning 6-3 6-3 against a slightly deflated first pair, and Rob and Nigel also winning 6-1 6-3 to conclude what turned out to be a comfortable victory for the Grantham side.

Pictured from left are Paul White, Dave Blanchard, Rob Isaac and Nigel Birch.

l Grantham mixed fourth team played away at Magdala C on Saturday. Grantham were winning throughout and fortunately for them the match was completed even though it began to rain heavily during the last round.

Grantham won 65 games to 43with the team of Martin Garratt and Laura Dixon, Colin Walton and Katy Dines, and David Todd and Lorraine Walton.

l Grantham ladies’ winter second team played at home last weekend to a strong Upper Saxondale side.

The consisted of Ros Keane and Laura Dixon, Wendy Bland and Katy Dines, Cerys Jones and Christina Clough.

In the blustery conditions, the Grantham side performed fantastically and started the new season with a comfortable 70-29 win.

l Grantham men’s second team, comprising Michael Cragg, Rob Start, James Drennan, Adam Tapson, Joe Patton and Paul White, travelled to Lady Bay last Sunday with a team with a blend of youth and experience for a tricky away tie in Nottinghamshire League Division Two.

A poor first round of matches left Grantham trailing 15 games to 21. Getting use to the slow, hard courts, a better second round saw the three rubbers drawn 18 games apiece.

Needing to win the last round by more than seven games to secure victory against a strong Lady Bay side looked a tall order. But with all three pairs finding their form, Paul and James won 7-5, Michael Cragg and Adam Tapson recorded an impressive 6-2 victory against the second pair, and Rob Start and Joe Patton achieved a great 7-5 victory over the experienced first pair to seal a close but well deserved 57-51 game win.

l The men’s fourth winter team played at home to Farnsfield B last weekend. The Grantham side consisted of Rob Isaac, David Dowty, Barry Priestley, Eddie Milner, David Todd and Paul Kennedy.

A great performance from the Grantham side saw them comfortably win 83-25.