Oakham Tennis Club Ladies kick-off Winter league action

Oakham Tennis Club team that played in the second match of the Winter Leagues. From left, Debbie Powell, Michelle Greening, Carolyn Davies, Jane Wood EMN-141014-114827001
Oakham Tennis Club team that played in the second match of the Winter Leagues. From left, Debbie Powell, Michelle Greening, Carolyn Davies, Jane Wood EMN-141014-114827001
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Oakham Tennis Club has begun its Winter league programme again with two ladies teams and one Men’s team for the first time in several years.

So far, the results have been mixed with one win, one draw and one loss for the Ladies.

The Ladies Firsts in group two went to Loughborough last week where they were met with a very young, strong, capable set of players.

Carolyn Davies and Laura Reekie worked extremely hard to keep the opposition at bay and eventually won a set against the host’s second pair.

They worked hard again against the firsts but could not find a way round them.

Cate Carter and Catherine Drury also tried everything they could to force errors from the youngsters, but to no avail. Oakham ended up losing the tie 7-1.

This week brought a draw for the Seconds as they went to Kegworth. Carolyn Davies and Laura Reekie had few problems against the Kegworth seconds but were forced into errors in the second set by the home side’s strongest pair.

Jane Gilmore and Natalie Press worked well against the hosts firsts without luck then scored a valuable draw against the seconds to make it honours even for the tie at 4-4.

On Sunday, Oakham were the hosts to a Leicester team.

Debbie Powell and Jane Wood showed all their skills to beat the second pair then had a tougher time defeating the firsts in a very exciting game which kept the spectators guessing as to who would win the second set.

The Rutlanders pulled out all the stops to secure a clean sheet. Michelle Greening and Carolyn Davies took time to settle against the visitor’s firsts but came into their game in the second set, forcing a tie break, which they lost narrowly. They then went on to share the honours with the seconds, securing an overall win for the Oakham team by 5-3.

l The second leg of Ryhall Tennis Club’s Junior Boys’ Tennis Tournament against Stamford Tennis Club was held on a wet Saturday with the boys managing to dodge showers to complete four matches.

Owen Wilkinson and Lucas Carlton took their doubles game to 4-4 , before losing the match on tie break, as did Oscar Davies and Jacques Marechal in another close fought game.

Lucas Carlton and Oscar Davey were defeated 4-2 and Jacques Marechal and Owen Wilkinson went on to win their match for Ryhall 4-2.

Ryhall were defeated 6 -4 over the two legs, but only lost three of their matches on tie break.