Round-up of the latest match action from Oakham Tennis Club
Oakham Ladies are leading the way after two of the club’s sides extended their unbeaten starts to the new season.
The first team triumphed 9-0 in their match against Victoria while the ladies second team are also sitting in pole position after a 6-0 success over Leicestershire in a game that was forced to finish early due to the inclement weather.
Debbie Powell had to choose a slightly different first team side which saw Michelle Greening and Margaret Miles join forces for the first time this season and they produced strong searching drives to all corners of the courts.
As they got into their stride, they kept control and lost only one game to the visitors’ firsts.
The youngest pairing of the evening – Ana Webber and Grace Hornsby – played their powerful drives in reply, forcing errors from their opponents and giving away only four games in total.
Captain Powell renewed her partnership with Lauren Prince and they played solidly throughout. Their loss of just three games in the match showed their consistency.
The ladies second team match was unfinished due to rain which washed out the final round of play.
By that time the Rutlanders had won their first six rubbers and will only have to reschedule if there is a doubt at the end of the season about league positions.
Skip Anne Boyce was happy to re-introduce Sam Harris to the league and to welcome newcomer Siobhan Patterson to the team.
Harris and Boyce faced the visitors’ firsts and matched them point for point until the home pair broke away to win 8-6.
They were more settled in their second rubber and recorded an 8-2 victory.
First strings Helen Foster and Lisa Hornsby served and drove well from the start and quickly won 8-2, 8-1.
Patterson was nervous to start but, with Laura Reekie, they gradually overcame the visitors’ thirds 8-3.
They had a good battle with the firsts but ran out 8-4 winners as Patterson covered all areas of the court.
Injured third team captain Jo Maynard fielded an untried team for their first match of the season against a powerful Carisbrooke side.
The first pair of Sue Huggins and Felicity Selby worked so well together and were closest to winning two rubbers as they fought hard in one tie-break and almost forced a second.
Tanya Spanyol and Helen Brew were unlucky not to reach a tie-break in one rubber while Lizzie Loring and Alex Griffiths played well together but could not find a way past their opponents as they suffered an overall 9-0 defeat.
Jack Hubbard and Dan Potter played exceptional tennis for the men’s first team to win all three rubbers at Carisbrooke.
Their ability to force errors was tremendous as speed and tenacity seemed to be their bywords.
Matt Walker and Rob Hale – newcomers to the club – worked very well together against tough opposition.
They showed resilience in winning a tight tie-break then went on to triumph 8-6 before losing 4-8 to the first pair.
Third strings Tref Vandoros and Gordon Reekie tried all they knew to break down their opponents but were out of luck as the men claimed an overall 5-4 victory.
Second team skipper Tim Port sent his side to Market Bosworth where they were narrowly edged out 5-4.
Jamie Bunker and Martin Reason once again complimented each other’s game in winning two rubbers as did Dan Potter and Gordon Reekie with one of them in a tie-break.
Mark Mitchell and Greg Delaney were unlucky not to get a point to leave the side in joint second spot in the table.