16th Mar. 12

Herne Bay tennis club have had a very disrupted second half to their winter season due to snow and rain. Several matches had to be postponed and it has meant a busy last few weeks for some players. The ladies 1st team qualified for the division 2 final when they had a 4-0 win away against Bearsted 1. The team was Louise Tucker/Anne Gibbs and Nicola and Kay Mileham and they won all their rubbers in straight sets. The team won all their matches without dropping a rubber and will contest the final away to Beckenham 2 on Saturday 24th March. The ladies 2nd team also completed all their matches in division 4 with a win. They played Parklangley 2 at home and won 3-1. In the 1st round the Bay’s 1st pair, Sue Toye/Danielle Miles, started slowly losing the 1st set and then were unlucky to lose the 2nd in a tie-break. The 2nd pair, Debbie Holden/Vanessa Webb, beat the opposition’s 2nd pair 6-0, 6-3. In the 2nd round Toye/Miles won very easily and Holden/Webb recovered from losing the 1st set to win 2-6, 6-3 and 10-6 in the match tie-break. The win means that the team finish 3rd in the division with 2 wins and 2 defeats. The ladies 3rd team’s last match of the season in division 8 was also a 3 -1 win. Sarah Pout/Christine Hanson and Diana High/Lesley Taylor played Tonbridge 1 away and in a match involving 2 match tie-breaks were able to secure the win. The team have finished 2nd in division 8 with 3 wins and just one defeat which was by the narrowest margin of one game. Mens 2 played their last match in division 9 away to St Johns 1 knowing that a win would put them in contention for promotion. Unfortunately they lost 1-3 and will have to settle for 3rd place in the division with 2 wins. Jerry Loader/Eddie Fisher won the 1 rubber. In the mixed divisions only the 2nd team have any fixtures remaining. They played UK Paper 1 away in division 4 and had an excellent 4-0 win. The team was Graham and Danielle Miles and Keith Clark/Sue Toye and the team are unbeaten with one match to play. If they beat Kemsing 1 this week they will be in the divisional play off and win promotion to division 3 for next winter. In the veterans leagues the mens vets team were unlucky to lose by a set to Bromley LTC at home in division 1. Both Herne Bay pairs, Graham Miles/Ian Cooke and Martin Beckley/Keith Clark, beat the Bromley 2nd pair and lost to their 1st. The team have one fixture remaining and will need a win to ensure their survival in the top division. Finally the mens ov 60s team suffered their 1st defeat in division 1 by a set away to Hayes. Keith Clark/Gary Sims won both their rubbers but dropped a set to the opposition 1st pair and Bryan Packham/Dave Clements lost both their rubbers. The team have 2 matches left to play and will hope to finish 2nd in the division.