Bourne Tennis Club win the county championship in the Aegon National League final
Bourne men’s first team clinched the county championship for only the second time in the club’s history after overcoming Grantham in a fiercely contested Aegon National League final at the Abbey Lawn.
After coming through a tough group featuring Boston, Appleby Frodingham, Grantham B and fellow finalists Grantham A, Bourne rose to the challenge to claim the coveted title thanks to a hugely impressive 8-4 win.
Making the most of home advantage on the superbly prepared grass courts at the Abbey Lawn, Bourne number one John Timson got the home side off to the perfect start against Grantham A top gun Stuart Calow with a 6-4, 4-6 (10-6) win.
Nathan Jones and Chase Burgess also secured impressive victories against strong opponents in the opening singles round which meant that, despite James Cottam losing a tight match 4-6, 4-6 against Alex Harris, Bourne headed into the doubles round with a healthy advantage.
Needing to win just one of the two remaining rubbers to secure success, Timson and Jones got the job done with a battling display against Harris and Calow to win 6-4, 7-5.
And while Cottam and Simon Bentley were edged out in the final rubber following a tie break decider against Steve Wallace and Mark Harris, the result proved academic as the home side ran out comfortable winners.
Bourne first team joint captain Leo Shead said: “It was a real test for our team as they were up against very strong players from Grantham, but they rose to the occasion to bring home the county championship on our magnificent grass courts.
“It was also great to see our up-and-coming young players playing their part in winning this competition, both on the day and in the preceding rounds, which points to a very bright future for the club.”
By winning their section Bourne Tennis Club have now qualified for the national county play-offs in September.