Bourne close to sealing a whitewash

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BOURNE Tennis Club’s junior side handed out another thrashing as Deeping E were swept aside 8-1 to maintain Bourne’s slender lead in Division Three.

It was a slow start for Bourne as Matt Hassall and Ed Nation, in poor form, slipped to 4-6 behind in their opening rubber.

However, they displayed remarkable resilience to recover and take the match 7-6 (7-3), and Bourne completed a clean sweep of the first round of matches with two comfortable wins, Will Palmer and Jack Mangieri recording an 11-2 victory while Rob Cameron and Tom Cooke won 9-4.

A whitewash looked on the cards at this point, to match Bourne’s 9-0 demolition of the same opponents earlier this year, and it still seemed likely as Bourne stormed to a 6-0 lead.

Matt and Ed were always comfortable in an 11-2 victory and Rob and Tom were 10-3 victors, while Will and Jack were forced to work for their win against Deeping’s first pair, eking out an 8-5 win.

Will and Jack finished with a simple 10-3 win and Matt and Ed came frustratingly close to a flawless set in their 12-1 win. But just inches away from a whitewash, Bourne came unstuck: Rob and Tom were blown away early on and lost the first six games of their last rubber.

They mounted a comeback, and gradually began to work their way back into the match to force the unlikeliest of tie-breaks, which was surrendered on Deeping’s second match point. Despite that 6-7 (4-7) loss, Bourne have eight wins from nine games and still look odds-on for promotion.