6th Jun. 10

Herne Bay tennis club members have been very busy playing matches over the last few weeks. In the Kent League the mens 1st team have played 3 matches in quick succession, a policy which obviously suited them as they won 2 of the 3 and narrowly lost the 3rd. Their 1st match of the 3 in division 2 was away to Bromley Wendover 1 and in a very close match they ended up losing by just one game. Peter Elsden/Keith Clark won both their rubbers, one in straight sets and one in a championship tie-break. Bay’s other pair of Graham Miles/Martin Beckley took a set off the opposition’s 2nd pair but were unable to register a win. When the scores were added up the teams were level on rubbers (2-2), and on sets (5-5) but Bromley Wendover won by one game. The team , minus Clark, who had aggravated a hamstring injury, then played Canterbury 1 at home. This time Miles and Beckley won both their rubbers and Elsden paired with reserve Alex Kazakeos, won one giving a 3-1 winning margin. The last match in their trio was at home to Tunbridge Wells 2 and after a titanic struggle they won by 6 sets to 4. In the 1st round the reunited pair of Elsden/Clark played for over 2 hours on the hottest day of the season, against the Tunbridge Wells 1st pair only to lose out 6-7, 6-2, 6-7. Beckley/Miles meanwhile had a much quicker win in straight sets against the opposition’s 2nd pair. In the 2nd round Miles/Beckley also went to 3 sets against the Tunbridge Wells 1st pair and also lost but Elsden/Clark had saved enough energy to close out a straight sets win against the 2nd pair and the match was won by 2 sets. These 2 wins have ensured that the team will remain in division 2 next season even though they have 2 matches still to play. The ladies 2nd team suffered their 1st defeat of the season in division 4 when they lost by a set away to Bromley CC 2. Sarah Pout/Denise Parrett won both their rubbers but this was not enough to prevent the defeat. In their previous match away to Headcorn the same team had managed to secure a win by 1 game. Mixed 3 also suffered a very close defeat when they played Sevenoaks 3 at home in division 5. The match was curtailed by rain and at the end of the 1st round the teams were tied on rubbers and sets but lost by 27-28 Nick Wibberley/Christine Hanson won 6-1,4-6,6-4 and Jerry Loader/Denis Parrett lost 6-4, 2-6,2-6.

In the Dover and District league the mens A team had 2 games in division 2. The 1st was a win against Hythe B at home without dropping a sets and the 2nd a 4-4 draw away to Canterbury B. The team was Graham Miles/Martin Beckley and Alex Kazakeos/Mark Kennard for both matches. Miles/Beckley have not dropped a set in 4 matches in this excellent start to the season. The mens B team are also unbeaten in their 1st 2 matches in division 4 and in their latest match they beat Sellindge away by 5 sets to 3. Gary Smith/Bryan Packham won 3 of their 4 sets and Bob Toye/Ron Withers won 2 sets. This is the best ever start for the B team since they entered the league 3 years ago. The ladies team also played 2 matches winning one and drawing the other. In their home match against Canterbury they won 6-2 with Christine Hanson/Denise Parrett winning all 4 of their sets and Mary Haldin/Pauline Pierce winning 2. Then in their 2nd match , away to Hythe, Debbie Holden/Parrett won 4 sets but the Bay 2nd pair found the alien grass courts too tricky and were unable to win a set. Mixed A finally played their 1st match in division 2 and started with a 5 sets to 3 win away to Canterbury C. Sarah Pout/Eddie Fisher won 4 sets and Sue Toye/Jerry Loader won 1.

There were just 2 matches in the East Kent league. The mens 1st team beat Margate 2 at home in division 2 4-0. Lionel Hoskins/Nick Wibberley won both their rubbers very easily and Gary Smith/Eddie Fisher won but were taken to championship tie-breaks in both rubbers. The team have now won 3 matches and only dropped one rubber doing so. The mens 2nd team also played a Margate team in division 2 but this time they were defeated by Margate’s 1st team by 4 rubbers to 0. Youngster Dan Walker was making his debut for a Herne Bay senior team in this match and although he was unable to win a set the opposition were very impressed by his performance. Finally there were 2 matches in the Kent midweek league for Herne Bay teams. The ladies travelled to Bearsted to play their 1st team in division 1 and won by 9 games. Anne Gibbs/Sarah Pout won both their rubbers with the loss of just 5 games and despite losing both their rubbers Sue Toye/Christine Hanson won enough games to secure a 2nd win of the season for the team. The mixed veterans team had a home game against Margate and won 3-0. Martin Beckley/Sarah Pout completed both their rubbers winning them in straight sets and Anne Gibbs/Brian Cooper won their 1st rubber very easily but stopped after they won the 1st set against the opposition’s 1st pair on a tie-break because it was raining heavily. The team have now won 3 matches without dropping a rubber.