Bourne Tennis Club’s men have virtually guaranteed their top flight status for another year in the Lincolnshire League with a 4-2 victory at Boston.
Their surprise victory coupled with a walkover against Grimsby earlier in the year, looks enough to ensure that Bourne will spend another season among the county’s big clubs in division one.
Second seed Matt Hassall finished his singles rubber first, losing 1-6, 0-6 to a far more consistent opponent, but Bourne established a strong lead as all three other players cruised to victories.
Fourth seed James Westgate’s baseline play earned him a 6-2, 6-1 victory while third seed Clive Moody outhit his more tactically-inclined opponent.
But it was John Timson, who impressed the most in the first round of singles matches.Timson was irrepressible in his 6-2, 6-2 defeat of Boston’s talented number one, a recent victor in a high-standard open men’s tournament at the club.
Bourne needed to secure just one of the two doubles rubbers and second pair Westgate and Hassall looked as if they may well claim the first set at a canter.
The Bourne pair started brightly but after some unforced errors and Boston’s resilience they eventually cracked, succumbing by two breaks and one break respectively in a 3-6, 3-6 loss.
However, first pair John and Clive were dominant in their rubber, sweeping past Boston’s first pair 6-1, 6-3 with a minimum of effort. They proved too powerful from the baseline and too adept at the net to be stopped, and secured a surprising but ultimately comfortable 4-2 victory.