Tie-break heartache against the leaders

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The league leaders Stoney Stanton won three tie-breaks at Oakham to secure a 7-2 scoreline that barely reflected play at The Vale.

Oakham Tennis Club’s players were left broken-hearted by the loss, reflecting the three crucial points that could have turned a loss to a win.

Nick Crowson and Gordon Reekie fought tooth and nail to keep a clean sheet. They had defeated the visitors thirds when they ran up against a defence which pushed them to a tie-break. After a struggle, it eventually went the wrong way for the Oakham pair.

Their opposite numbers also proved awkward, forcing a tie-break which again eluded the home pair.

Oakham’s second strings Dan Potter and Jack Hubbard won a rubber against the Stoney third pair but were also taken to a tie-break and just missed out.

Justin Fowler and Greg Delaney were unlucky not to win a rubber as they fought hard all night but ultimately the record books show a 7-2 reverse for Oakham .

l Gordon Reekie enjoyed better fortune, skippering Leicestershire Men’s over 65s to an excellent win at Canterbury.

Their 3-2 victory against Kent keeps them at the top of the league table with two matches remaining.

Reekie emerged from a vital tie-break as 10-4 winner after two hours 20 minutes of tennis.

If Leicestershire maintain their top spot, they will face the winners of division 1B in November for the overall title.

l Oakham ladies’ 2nd team defied the weather to beat Narborough’s David Lloyd club 5-4 .

After a long delay, Mel Johnson and Carolyn Davies delivered the goods, winning 9-7: 9-4, 9-3. Jackie Staines and Jill Willcox-Smith beat their opposing third and second pairs but found the first couple too accurate.

Natalie Press and newcomer Wendy Moody settled into a pattern which surely will pay dividends in the future.