13th Oct. 17

After their spectacular success in the Kent Summer Leagues, Herne Bay Lawn Tennis Club enjoyed more even more in both the East Kent and Dover & District Summer Leagues breaking all previous club records in the process.

In the East Kent League Men’s 1 completed their campaign with an excellent 3-1 home win against Danny Wynn. Bay’s 1st pair Matt Newman/Dan Walker fought out a very close battle with the visitors 1st pair eventually losing out in a third set tie-break 12 – 14. Bay’s second pairing Graham Miles/Ian Cooke found the going somewhat easier beating Wynn’s second pair 6-1, 6-1 before going on to beat their first pair 6-3, 6-3. Newman/Walker then trounced the visitor’s second pair with the loss of only one game. The win means the team has won all their matches in Division 1 and take the title.

Likewise in the East Kent Mixed Division 1, Herne Bay Mixed also won all their matches and took the Mixed title.


With all the fixtures completed in the Dover & District League and the final tables produced, the Men’s A and Mixed A won their respective Divisions whilst Men’s B (Div 3) and Mixed B (Div 2) finished 2nd and the Ladies finished 3rd in Division 1. A fantastic overall performance!

The Winter Kent League matches have started and once again Herne Bay has got off to a flier in all their matches so far.

The Men’s 2 team had two matches in quick succession in Division 7B, travelling first to David Lloyd Kings Hill Men’s 4 and followed that with a trip to Kemsing 1. At Kings Hill they came away with a hard earned victory by 6 sets to 4 having tied on 2 rubbers each. Bay’s first pair Graham Miles/Ian Cooke narrowly lost on a 3rd set championship tie-break whilst Dan Walker/Mark Townsend overcame a tough 1st set to beat the second pair 7-5, 6-1. In the reverse rubbers Miles/Cooke comfortably beat the host’s second pair 6-3, 6-3 and Walker/Townsend lost out to the first pair in a championship tie-break.

Herne Bay was able to field an unchanged team at Kemsing and Miles/Cooke had little trouble despatching the opposition in both their rubbers losing a total of only 5 games. Having comfortably beaten the host’s second pair, Walker/Townsend narrowly lost to Kemsing’s first pair in a 3rd set championship tie-break but Bay took the spoils with victory by 3 rubbers to 1.

In Division 4A, Herne Bay Men’s 1 entertained Tunbridge Wells 3 in damp and breezy conditions and made full use of home advantage taking the match 3-1 in rubbers. Bay’s first pair Alex Kazakeos/Ben Keighley got off to a fine start beating the visitor’s first pair in straight sets 6-2, 6-4. Graham Miles stepped up to the 1’s partnering Matt Newman and they also took their rubber in straight sets 7-5, 6-1. In the reverse rubbers Kazakeos/Keighley proved far too strong for Wells second pair taking the match without losing a game. Miles/Newman found things harder against the first pair and although went down in straight sets, the match overall was already Herne Bay’s.

In their first match of the winter in Division 4B Herne Bay Mixed 2 had an outstanding result against a strong Park Langley 1 team eventually winning 4-0. Both Bay’s first pair Dan Walker/Nicola Mileham and second pair Graham Miles/Anne Gibbs had tight matches against the visitors 1st pair both winning in straight sets  but only after second set tie-breaks. Both Bay pairs went on to beat Park Langley’s second pair somewhat more comfortably again in straight sets.

Herne Bay Ladies Vets 2 made the long trip to Bromley in Division 2A and endured a nail biting afternoon in what could not have been a tighter match. Bay’s first pair solid partnership of Denise Parrett/Debbie Holden proved too strong for both Bromley pairs winning both rubbers comfortably in straight sets. Bay’s second pair Helen Lipyeat/Diana High, despite producing some fine tennis, lost both their rubbers. With the match tied 2-2 in rubbers and 4-4 in sets, Herne Bay just about took the honours 34-33 in games.