Pocklington Tennis Club’s Mixed Driffield League Teams’ performances during the week ending 29 May 2016 – report by Jean Hunter.
Tuesday nights have escaped the recent bad weather, so Pocklington Tennis Club’s Mixed teams‘ matches are not suffering in the same way others have been. This week Pock Mixed A welcomed Cherry Burton, to play on the Pock School courts, kindly loaned whilst the Club’s own courts were being overhauled. The courts must have suited Cherry Burton better than Pock, however, as Cherry Burton notched up a convincing 6-3 win. Mel Duncan/Trevor Loten, Rebecca Hill/Dave Gamble, and Helen Whilesmith/Matt Ward all took a set off the same Cherry couple, but fell to the other two pairs.
It was a very different story, on the same courts, for Pock Mixed C, who took on Nafferton. An extremely close match, it was a real ‘tie-break fest’! Fiona Lambert/Ross Gleig took one of their three winning sets on a tie-break; Val French/Stuart Barnett really got their money’s worth of tennis, winning two tie-breaks and taking the other set 8-6; and Josephine Nuttman/John Wood lost a tie-break, but won their other two sets. Close on court, but not on paper, where Pock recorded an 8-1 win.
The Mixed D team had another challenging week, playing away on the undulating grass courts at Beverley on a bitterly cold windy evening. Once the Pocklington players started to master the unfamiliar surface, however, the sets started going in their favour. Lesley Smithson/Mark Smith started by losing their first set but then went onto win the other two sets but Jean Hunter/Bill Browne and Di Flint/James Eaglesfield only managed to win one set each. Both couples only narrowly missing out in their other sets but a 5-4 defeat was the final result (59-55 in games – showing just how close it was!).
Yet again, wet Wednesday weather put paid to most of the Pocklington Ladies’ matches last week. It’s still relatively early in the season, but the matches needing re-arranging are already building up.