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BOURNE Tennis Club’s second team halted their mid-season slump by crushing a Skegness side playing their first competitive match.

After having their fixture list obliterated by rain, Skegness were short on match practice and it showed as Bourne swept through the first round of rubbers for the loss of just seven games.

First pair Matt Hassall and Paul Stark recorded a confident 6-1, 6-0 win over Skegness’ first pair; second pair Will Palmer and Richard Worth won 6-2, 6-2 against Skegness’ seconds; and Douglas Main and Jeff Edmondson, Bourne’s third pair, were never troubled in a 6-1, 6-1 win against their opposing numbers.

Matt and Paul then carried their form into the second round of rubbers, winning 6-0, 6-0 to put together a streak of 23 consecutive games won, while Will and Richard collected another win by the same scoreline against Skegness’ third pair to secure victory for Bourne.

Douglas and Jeff were made to work for their win, eventually defeating Skegness’ first pair 4-6, 6-4, 10-5 in a long struggle.

That hard-earned win proved too draining in the long run, and having strolled to the first set in their final rubber, they relaxed and were punished by their opponents, going down 6-1, 2-6, 5-10.

Will and Richard committed the same mistake in their last rubber, allowing their level to drop after claiming the first set. However, this time, they made a staunch recovery to come through 6-4, 3-6, 10-6, while Matt and Paul ensured they would finish the match without dropping a set by winning 6-3, 6-1 to close out a very successful afternoon for Bourne.

After losing their previous three matches, this was a welcome turnaround that leaves Bourne seconds with some hope of a respectable, top-three finish to match last year’s placing.

n BOURNE’S juniors crushed Railway B 9-0 to leave them sitting pretty at the top of Division 3 of the Peterborough & District Tennis League.

The pairings of Matt Hassall and Jack Mangieri, Iain and Alex Ross, and Will Palmer and Tom Cooke have now won six out of six matches this season, with consecutive promotions in an adult league looking ever more likely.