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Oakham Tennis Club make a winning start to their new season




The summer season has started with a bang for Oakham Tennis Club after three emphatic victories.

The men’s second team ran out 9-0 winners against Rothley while the ladies also landed a clean sweep against the Leicestershire club with their second string completing the haul of whitewashes against the Charnwood-based Oaks club.

Second team skipper Tim Port rolled out a mixture of youth and experience for their match.

The men’s second team of Jamie Bunker, Mark Mitchell, captain Tim Port, Martin Reason, Dan Potter and Chris Nicholls. They opened the season with a 9-0 win over Rothley at The Vale.
The men’s second team of Jamie Bunker, Mark Mitchell, captain Tim Port, Martin Reason, Dan Potter and Chris Nicholls. They opened the season with a 9-0 win over Rothley at The Vale.

He paired 17-year-old Jamie Bunker – playing for the first time - with the experienced Martin Reason and they produced some spectacular shots throughout the
evening.

They won two tie-breaks against the visitors’ firsts and seconds and then went on to beat their opposite numbers 8-0.

It was an impressive senior debut for Bunker who showed skill and determination in equal measure.

The first pairing of Dan Potter and Chris Nicholls produced their aggressive competent tennis to win comfortably before Port and Mitchell rounded off a victorious evening under the floodlights.

Ladies captain Debbie Powell took two new club members to face Leicestershire while also including 13-year-old Grace Hornsby for the first time.

Powell was more than delighted with the outcome as they all won their rubbers with the loss of only six games.

Hornsby partnered Ana Webber and they produced powerful, accurate tennis to give their opponents few opportunities to score points.

Powell and Lauren Prince also played strongly, losing few rallies, while Lisa Hornsby and Ceira Mullen completed the match by forcing errors and without allowing the hosts the chance to score against them.

Second team skipper Anne Boyce was also all smiles after their solid 9-0 success.

As third strings, Boyce and Jackie Staines had few problems, losing only three games to the hosts’ first pair and two to their second before whitewashing the thirds.

Jane Gilmore and Laura Reekie took time to find their strengths but ran out winners of all three rubbers 8-5, 8-1, 8-0.

The first pair of Lisa Hornsby and Helen Foster raced through their first two rubbers 8-1, 8-2 and then found they had to work harder to win the third 8-4.



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