Wimbledon has clearly inspired Oakham Tennis Club’s ladies to pull out all the stops with magnificent wins for the first and second team.
Acting captain Jackie Staines steered the second team to a whopping 9-0 win against a David Lloyd side last Tuesday and Debbie Powell’s firsts stunned division leaders Hamilton (Melton) with a 7-2 victory a day later.
Oakham’s 1sts moved up four places to equal third in a tightly packed table as a result of the win. They now have 40 points from seven matches and could finish as high as second.
Skipper Powell and Jane Wood played steady attacking tennis to keep a clean sheet in their three matches.
Carolyn Davies and Ana Weber found the visitors’ 1sts too accurate but had few difficulties with the other pairs.
Jane Gilmore and Laura Reekie started well, beating Hamilton’s 1sts 9-7 and 2nds 9-6 but then struggled to keep going as the light faded and lost their final rubber 7-9.
Oakham 2nds’ whitewash of their opponents leaves them fifth in the table with two matches remaining.
Seconds’ captain Staines and Michelle Greening lost only two games all evening, setting a high standard the rest of the team followed. Pauline Pitts and Viki Renwick lost just three and Katy Bryan and Kate Copeland lost only four.
l Jane Wood’s veterans ladies team kept up Oakham’s fine form, returning 8-0 winners from Melton.
Wood and Jane Gilmore, and Debbie Powell and Carolyn Davies all won convincingly, but not without close rallies.
l Oakham’s men picked up the baton with the 2nd team winning 6-3 at Market Harborough - a victory that should ensure they avoid the drop from division three.
Injuries have plagued the team’s season and they face a tough challenge in their final game with the visit of LFA - one of the largest clubs in the division - to The Vale.
At Harborough, acting captain Gordon Reekie and Nick Crowson began slowly but once warmed they had few problems in keeping a clean sheet.
The second pairing of Jack Hubbard and Greg Delaney are new together this summer but they combined well, proving too strong for their opponents.
Edmund Dry partnered teenager Pierce Evley for a new third pairing, and will have benefitted from the experience despite not picking up a point.