23rd May. 11

Herne Bay tennis club had another busy week of matches. The ladies 1st team played their 3rd Kent league match of the summer in division 1 at home to Tunbridge Wells 1 and recorded their 2nd win. Louise Tucker/Anne Gibbs made their customary slow start going 2-4 down to the opposition 1st pair and then won the next 10 games to take the rubber 6-4, 6-0. Meanwhile their 2nd pair, Danielle Miles/Sue Toye also started slowly losing their 1st set to love but played well in the 2nd set to lose 4-6. The match was totally level going into the 2nd round but Tucker/Gibbs won 6-2, 6-1 and Miles/Toye took 5 games off the Tunbridge Wells 1st pair to help win the match by 2 games. The ladies 2nd team played their 1st match of the season in division 4 at home to UK Paper and lost by a set. Both pairs beat the UK Paper 2nd pair, Debbie Holden/Vanessa Webb won 7-6, 6-7, 1-0 and Sarah Pout/Christine Hanson 6-2, 7-6 and lost to their 1sts. The match was tied at 2 rubber all but they lost by 5 sets to 4. The mens 2nd team were unlucky to lose 4-0 in division 6 at home to a young Shooters Hill 1. Ian Cooke/Nick Wibberley lost both their rubbers in championship tie-breaks.
In the midweek league there were wins for the newly formed ladies 2 team and the mens veterans. The ladies, Mary Haldin/Lizzie Harvey and Diana High/Debbie Holden, had a convincing 4-0 away to Sevenoaks 2 in division 4. The men beat Canterbury at home by a set. Both pairs, Keith Clark/Gary Sims and Martin Beckley/Brian Cooper, beat the Canterbury 2nd pair and lost to their 1st but Clark/Sims took a set and hence secured the win by 5 sets to 4.
In the Dover and District League the newly promoted mens A team started their season in division 1 with a 5 sets to 3 win at home to Walmer B. Martin Beckley/Graham Miles won all 4 of their sets and Alex Kazakeos/Mark Kennard contributed by taking a set against the opposition 2nd pair. The ladies played Bridge and won by 8 sets to 0. The team was Debbie Holden/Vanessa Webb and Mary Haldin/Lizzie Harvey.