Disappointing end

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BOURNE Tennis Club A team’s winter season drew to a disappointing close as they were edged out of the Division 2/3 Cup in the semi-finals by a strong Whittlesey side.

Facing higher-division opponents for the second round in succession, Bourne got off to a dream start as Iain Ross and Tim Bradley won 6-3, 7-2.

However Whittlesey quickly levelled the scores, beating Tony and Lisa Gauci 3-6, 4-5 in a tense match.

Determined to avoid defeat after their strong start, Iain and Tim began well again but faltered as Whittlesey’s class shone through, and they eventually lost 3-6, 4-5.

Needing to win the final two sets, Tony and Lisa battled bravely but could not avoid an unfortunate 2-7, 3-6 defeat that sealed Bourne’s fate.

The tense 2-6 loss caps a fine debut season for Bourne A, who are in pole position to claim the Division 3 title.