Scarborough’s solid start comes to an end

Scarborough Men's B team
Scarborough Men's B team

There were some excellent results from the local teams as the Driffield League tennis season got underway.

However, Hackness and Scarborough Mens’ A teams, after their sound start to the season last week, came off second best travelling to a strong Brandesburton, losing 6-3 in Division One.

Dave Thompson and Jake Rawlinson took two out of their three rubbers, while Bryan Edwards and Martin Grassitt took one.

Adam Tildsley, playing with one of the club’s excellent pack of 18-year-olds John Ellison, had two extremely tight matches which could have turned the whole result.

The Hackness and Scarborough Mens’ B team continued on their run in Division Three with a win over Middleton A.

With James Draper carrying an injured hand he lost his first rubber with new partner Matt Thundercliffe.

However, he and Thundercliffe rallied to win their second rubber and then went on to win their third rubber very comfortably.

Add to this Graeme Scott playing with his son Leighton taking their three rubbers as expected and Mark White playing with the returning Paul Zac also winning all three, the result turned into a resounding 8-1 success.

In Division Seven the Mens’ C team travelled to windswept Kilham and earned a well-deserved 7-2 victory to add to their win in their first match last week.

Jim Mellor returned following a recent hip replacement and partnered John Reay in taking all three rubbers.

Mitch Standing and Richard Stacey also had convincing wins in their three rubbers.

Perhaps the most contested rubber of the night came from debut youngsters Chris Hartley and Nick Brown, both under 14 years.

Losing the first two rubbers by some margin, they put up a gutsy performance in their third and final rubber coming from 7 - 3 down to take the match finally winning on a tie break.

Filey Men had another hard-fought match against Beeford B in Division Six, taking the encounter by a 5-4 scoreline.

Bringing in the experienced Ian McHale playing with Jon Conyers, they took two rubbers as did Ray Roberts and Kevin Brown.

David Hudghton partnering Stuart Hughes added the final but critical fifth rubber to seal the victory.

In the ladies section of the Driffield League Scalby Ladies A had a resounding 7-2 victory against Driffield Recreation A in Division One.

Jackie Speakman and Joy Sharples won their three rubbers as did Sue Jackson and Sue Kendall.

Avril Kendall, stepping into the team at short notice, partnered Mandy Hillier and the pair won one, lost one and conceded the last one as Avril was rushing off to a long standing arrangement

In Division Two, Hackness and Scarborough Ladies stormed into a stunning 4-0 lead away at Cherry Burton only to be pegged back over the next set of games.

In the end the visitors managed a superb 5-4 win, with a tie break in the deciding rubber.

Maaike Karremans and Jane Hamp took two rubbers, as did Helen Neal and Nicola Guthrie.

Zoe Hill and Lou Tomlinson added the fifth and deciding rubber to secure the well deserved victory.