Following on from their success in the Slazenger Seniors Doubles League, Bourne Ladies first team opened their Slazenger Lincolnshire Division Two Doubles League matches with a win against previously undefeated Grimsby first team 6-3 at the Abbey Lawn on Saturday.
Harriet May and Rachel Prentice led the way with three outstanding wins, 6-3 6-1, 6-0 6-0 and 6-2 6-3 in their rubbers. Liz Williams and Caroline Stimson came through in two of their rubbers 6-1 6-2, 6-2 6-1, having lost to the Grimsby top pairing 3-6 1-6. Helen Whitfield and Katy Morris lost their opening rubber 1-6 0-6, but came back with a hard fought win in their second to secure a win in a 10-5 tie break third set after sharing the opening sets 6-4 4-6. Their third rubber ended in defeat, again after sharing the opening sets, 1-6 6-2, but this time losing the tie break 5-10.
Bourne Men in Division 2 of the Slazenger Lincolnshire Doubles League could not build on their opening match success and were defeated at Rushtons 7-2. Bourne fielded a team of youth and experience against their strong opponents. There were wins for Tom Cooke partnering Nathan Jones 6-4 6-2, and Will Palmer with Matthew Hassall 6-1 6-4, but further success eluded the team in the remaining seven rubbers. Cooke and Jones lost 0-6 1-6 and 4-6 2-6, Palmer and Hassall 3-6 3-6 and 2-6 0-6. Iain Ross and Edward Whitfield came close to winning one of their three rubbers, but lost on a third set tie break. Their other two rubbers ended in defeat 3-6 1-6 and 2-6 2-6.