Scarborough run out victors in Rudston test

Scarborough D, from left, Mark White, Rachel Hartley, Graham Holt and Chris Hartley
Scarborough D, from left, Mark White, Rachel Hartley, Graham Holt and Chris Hartley

Scarborough Indoor Tennis Centre was closed last week due to problems with the lighting, but fortunately this week it was play as usual in the league.

In Division One both Scarborough and Bridlington continued their winning form and both remain unbeaten. They were due to meet last week when all the games were cancelled.

Scarborough took on Rudston and did not have it all their own way, but eventually ran out winners by a 3-1 scoreline.

Jim Mellor and partner Paul Reddish had a good night and took their two rubbers, while their other team members Paul Jackson and James Draper lost on a very tight tie-break to Rudston pair Steve Wilson and Andy Worrell, but won against Andy Crawford and James Doyle.

Overall this was a good match and the Rudston team ran the unbeaten Scarborough team very close.

Bridlington took on Scarborough B and generally bossed the match from start to finish, coming out comfortable winners by four rubbers to none.

For Bridlington, Peter Nurse partnered Joel Rawlinson and Matt Foley played with Dave Revell. Both pairs played with a lot of flair and consistency and completely out-scored their opposition on the night.

Scarborough had Jim Coppack and John Reay playing together and Steve Brindle with Jon Conyers.

In Division Two there were two excellent matches.

Scalby put out a very strong team to overcome a good Rudston 2 side.

The former took the match 3- 1.

Richard Stacey partnered Jackie Speakman for the first time and won both their rubbers.

This left Steve McNamara and Matt Thundercliffe to take the vital third rubber and ultimately the match.

Josh Hirst and Ian Reed took a rubber for Rudston so that they didn’t leave empty handed and Mike Sellers and Peter Crossley made up the final pair.

The last match was one of the best, with Scarborough D snatching a draw from the jaws of victory against a fighting Bridlington 2 side with the result in doubt until the end of play.

The two Scarborough pairs of Mark White, playing with Rachel Hartley, and Graham Holt, playing with Rachel’s son Chris, won their opening rubbers to put themselves into a very strong position going into the second round.

Graham and Chris then lost to Brid pair Steve Greenwood and Mike Fell so the match depended on the final rubber with Rachel Hartley and White playing Charley Hanley and Jill Crawford.

The game score was 5–4 to Brid when time ran out and the overall result had to be put down as an honourable draw.