A tie-break defeat proved crucial for Oakham Tennis Club yet again with the ladies second team going down 5-4 at rivals Melton Hamilton last week.
Skipper Mel Johnson and Jackie Staines lost a winner-takes-all tie-break point that ultimately proved the difference.
The pair went on to beat the visitors’ thirds while Michelle Greening and Amanda McInally won two rubbers and came close to a third against Hamilton’s first pair. Helen Maitland and Carolyn Davies also won a rubber.
Oakham Ladies’ first team skipper Debbie Powell led from the front as Oakham beat Carisbrooke - one of the toughest teams in the league - by 7-2.
She and Jane Wood took no prisoners, winning all three ties despite an injury to Jane during their second match. After treatment, she went on to play a clever defensive game while Debbie attacked whenever the opportunity arose.
Jane Gilmore and Laura Reekie narrowly lost their opening tie but went on to win their other two rubbers comfortably. Carolyn Davies and Ana Weber fought hard against the Carisbrooke’s first pair but the tie went away from the Rutlanders.
Oakham’s men’s second team, without several regulars, lost 7-2 at Kibworth.
Jack Hubbard and Dan Potter won two rubbers. Jeremy Wood and Justin Fowler fought hard but were denied a poin while Gordon Reekie and Edmund Dry were outplayed by stronger opponents.