Pocklington had a really good end to their scheduled games in the Driffield League with two real nail-biters at their West Green Base.
The A Team entertained a very strong Cherry Burton team who have been operating under the radar somewhat, suddenly to re-appeare to challenge for the Division One title. They arrived at Pocklington with a confident stride and very soon were making their mark. The match unfolded with the teams evenly matched, both No1 couples played each other in the final rubber with Pocklington’s Sean Evans and Mell Duncan coming out on top having been down 4-6 to win 8-6 and remaining unbeaten all night. With the scores at 4-4 and the floodlights on evergreen Trevor Loten and Sue Sumner dug deep to win their final set and the match a very tight 5-4. This would appear to have given the title to Beverley & East Riding A, which left dejection in the Cherry Burton camp.
The same evening saw the top of the table clash in Division 2 with Pocklington C entertaining Pocklington B. Again the match was incredibly tight with the C looking favourites after the first round up 2-1 and their only loss being a tie break 7-8. The B Team regained themselves and a Captain’s performance from Jim Holding playing with Helen Fairey winning all three sets gave the B a win by the narrowest of margins 5-4.
Pocklington Mixed B & C 2019: (left to right) David Moores, John Wood, Josephine Nuttman, Jim Bloom, Rachel Bloom, Matthew Ralphs, Francesca Marsh, Natasha Bloom, Ross Gleig, Fiona Lambert, Jim Holding, Helen Fairey.
The D Team lost their match at Rudston 3-6 despite Stewart Berry and Jean Hunter Didrichsen winning all three sets. Three losses in a row has given a shaky end to the favourites for promotion.
All of the teams then adjourned to a very nice Warrendale Wagyu barbecue cooked by Dan Morgan at The Plough at Allerthorpe which was enjoyed by the forty people from Pocklington and Cherry Burton tennis clubs.
On the Monday, the E Team completed their fixtures with a battling performance against Sledmere following postponements earlier in the season. The team signed off with an impressive 8-1 win which should see them mid-table following a difficult year.
Pocklington’s unbeaten Men’s A team fell at the final hurdle when they sent a revised team line-up to Rudston, losing their final game of the season 3-6, with Trevor Loten and Adam Smith only dropping three games in winning Pocklington’s three sets. They are guaranteed the Division 2 title.
The Men’s B must wait another week as they are lying second to the Division 3 winners Bridlington, but hope to secure second spot after a comprehensive win over Middleton 8-1.
Pocklington Ladies A Team recorded a good 9-0 thrashing of Malton and the C team had an excellent and needed 8-1 victory at home to Bridlington A.