Another week of differing results for Pocklington Tennis Club in the Driffield & District Tennis League as reported by Jean Hunter.
Pocklington Ladies are experiencing mixed fortunes in the Driffield League. Ladies A met Market Weighton A, and the usual fiercely competitive match ensued. The Pocklington Ladies all beat the Weighton third couple, so only needed another 2 sets for a win. Fiona Lambert/Vicky Bland won one set and lost the other 6-8. Although Mel Duncan/Emma Owen didn’t get another set, Lisa Eade/Andrea Bland came painfully close to getting the vital fifth, but couldn’t quite clinch it, losing 2 tie-breaks. In the end Pock lost 4-5, despite winning 56 games to Market Weighton’s 48.
The B and D teams both played at home, with differing results. The B team, with a changed line-up, were ‘bagelled’ by the Long Riston A team, who romped away with a 9-0 win. Pock couldn’t blame Long Riston’s blue high bouncing courts this time. The Ladies D team welcomed Bridlington B, and delivered another convincing win, taking 7 sets to 2, and 62 games against 35. Shelley Morgan/Kate Browne and Helen Marsden/Sheila Williams won two sets each, and Angela Bush/Charlotte Flint won all three. A very strong performance by Ladies D.
The Mixed C team were away against Driffield Rec B, for another close fought match, with a couple of tie-breaks. Fiona Lambert/Ross Gleig won 2 sets, one on a tie-break, and lost the third to 6; Val French/Jim Bloom won 2 and lost one on a tie-break; and Josephine Nuttman/John Wood won one: an excellent night’s tennis, and a very satisfying 5-4 win.
Playing at home, the Mixed D team hosted Brandesburton for a tightly contested tested match. Di Flint/James Eaglesfield battled through two tight sets, winning one 8-6 and losing out 6-8 in the second and then picking up the third set comfortably 8-1. Rachel Bloom/Bill Browne played some good tennis but were unlucky only to pick up one set 8-6. Unfortunately, Lesley Smithson/Mark Smith were not on their usual good form and couldn’t capitalise on their opponents’ mistakes and finished the night empty handed. A 3-6 loss but only a point here and there making the difference between defeat and possible victory
In the Men’s league, in Division 3 the Men’s B enjoyed a seaside trip to Scarborough, and faced tough Scarborough B opposition. Adam Smith/John Kaye took all three sets with ease; and Dave Gamble/S Berry and Jim Holding/Stuart Barnett weren’t far behind, both taking two sets, both winning a tie-break against the same Scarborough couple: a good 7-2 win – well worth the trip!