Sidmouth Tennis Club teams have mixed start to new season

11:21 01 May 2014

Tennis generic picture

Tennis generic picture

Archant

All the Sidmouth Tennis Club teams have played their first matches of the summer league season with varying degrees of success, writes Lesley Cranston.

Starting with the bad news! The mixed doubles and men’s A teams both suffered heavy away defeats, in the former case, against an always strong performing Budleigh Salterton, but the games were close and the tennis enjoyable even if the 0-8 result was less so!

The men’s A managed only a point against Teignmouth second team in their opener with some of the rust from the winter off season still evident. However, there was better news for the ladies’ teams and me’ns B. The latter took a strong team to face Kingsteington E and earned themselves a decisive 8-2 win.

They might have made it easier for themselves by claiming a rubber as Bob Hefhill and John Clarke didn’t get started till after 7pm due to the opposition only having three junior players ready to play. It took over 40 minutes to find a fourth as the club captain had to cycle home and back to get his kit!

The wait didn’t deter the Sidmouth pair who went on to win one in straight sets and the other in the tie-break 13-11. In fact, both pairings had remarkably similar scorings in each rubber, Mark Heywood and Mike Fletcher equalling the same number of games and also requiring a closely fought tie-break 12-10 to collect the eight points.

The ladies’ A, now back in Division Two went to Victoria Park somewhat in trepidation having been walloped off the court in previous encounters.

However, with shifting positions among the league divisions the opposition on this occasion was not as forceful as anticipated. Stalwarts, Viv Bess and Di Kendall-Torry battled tenaciously against the first couple and came through in two ‘well rallied’ sets 6-4, 6-2.

Meanwhile Mary Dean and Lesley Cranston got off to a convincing start with a 6-1 first set and then promptly went 2-0 down, indeed, were in danger of going 3-0 down which would have made this a tricky contest as their opponents gained confidence. The pair steadied the ship and went on to take the set 6-4.

In the reverse singles, Dean and Cranston managed to assert their authority and after a tight first set 6-4 went on to take the second 6-1.

Unfortunately, Bess and Kendall-Torry lost some of their momentum initially allowing their opposition to race to a 5-1 lead which the Sidmouth pairing hauled back to 5-4 before succumbing.

Having woken up again they took the second set 6-1 to go into a championship tie-breaker in which Victoria Park showed resilience to win 10-7 with the overall result seeing Sidmouth win 7-2.

The ladie’s B thrashed their opponents 8-0 in their first match of the season at home to Torquay D. The team of Marlene Maynard and Kate Truman won both their rubbers easily 6-1, 6-4, 6-0,6-1, but Jackie Ensall and young Mollie Wiltshire had more of a battle in their second encounter, coming back from 5-0 down to take the first set 7-6 and then again falling behind in the second set but showing great determination to come through 6-4. This is a great start to their newly promoted Division Five campaign.

For more information about Sidmouth Tennis Club visit our website at www.sidmouthtennisclub.co.uk

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Sidmouth Herald visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Sidmouth Herald staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Sidmouth Herald account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other Sport Stories

Yesterday, 16:46
Sidmouth Town played Alphington at the weekend. Ref shsp 34-16AW 3975. Picture: Alex Walton.

Sidmouth Town manager Josh Stunell had his misfiring side in for a heart-to-heart last night (Thursday) in a bid to sort out a disappointing start to the new campaign that has seen the Vikings lose three of their first four games.

Read more
Thu, 13:06
Sidmouth Town played Alphington at the weekend. Ref shsp 34-16AW 3986. Picture: Alex Walton.

Sidmouth Town went down to a single goal defeat in their home meeting with Alphington.

Read more
Thu, 13:05
Golf Ball.

On Sunday, Sidmouth Golf Club members played a 36-hole competition for the Scratch and Handicap Cups, writes John Barnard.

Read more
Thu, 13:02
Newton Poppleford sponsor picture

Newton Poppleford have been working hard off the pitch during the summer to bring sponsorship to the club.

Read more
Thu, 13:00
Golf generic picture

Mark Thomas won the Sidmouth Jewellers Friday stableford with the relatively low score of 37 points, reflecting the difficulty of playing conditions, writes John Barnard.

Read more
Thu, 13:00
Football goalnet. Ref shsp 7216-33-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Sidmouth Town Junior Vikings Under-15s are continuing their search for additional players to join them for the new season.

Read more
Thu, 12:59
Sidmouth bowler Kyle Brockley playing against Plymouth at the Fortfield. Ref shsp 33-16SH 5718. Picture: Simon Horn.

Liam Lewis hit an unbeaten century as Sidmouth walloped relegated Brixham by 238 runs to win the Tolchards Devon League Premier Division title with two games to spare, writes Conrad Sutcliffe.

Read more
Thu, 12:58
Tipton batsman Phil Wright is bowled

Tipton were completely outplayed in the drizzle by visitors Stokeinteignhead with their only consolation being a great tea was supplied by the ladies from match sponsors Bater’s Removals, writes Phil Wright.

Read more
Thu, 12:57
Sidmouth Town played Alphington at the weekend. Ref shsp 34-16AW 3958. Picture: Alex Walton.

After such a promising pre-season and added quality to the playing staff, Sidmouth’s disappointing start to the season continued with a 2-1 defeat at the hands of an improving Exeter University side on Monday night.

Read more
Thu, 12:53
There were great conditions for sailing races at Sidmouth on Saturday. Ref shsp 30-16SH 2158. Picture: Simon Horn.

Oliver Salter’s recent form continued last Wednesday, writes John Keast.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 21°C

min temp: 17°C

Most Read Sport

Great British Life


Great British Life

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up


HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications