16th Oct. 18

The last ladies match of the East Kent summer season on the final Saturday in September saw Herne Bay Ladies crowned Division 2 champions. During their convincing win over Deal Ladies 2 at home in Beacon Road, Herne Bay dropped only 11 games in total al afternoon. The solid pairings of Caroline Packer/Denise Parrett won their rubbers 6-2, 6-1 followed by 6-1,6-1 whilst the second pair Debbie Holden/Sarah Pout won impressively 6-4, 6-0 and 6-1, 6-1 to take the title.

Also in the East Kent League, the Men’s 1 team completed their penultimate match in Division 1 with an emphatic home win against Danny Wynne TA. Bay’s usual pairings of Ben Keighley/Alex Kazakeos and Matt Newman/Geoff Holland proved far too strong for the visitor’s and conceded just the 15 games in their 4-0 win.

Their final match of the campaign saw them travel to Broadstairs knowing a win would secure the title. With a much changed line-up, Bay produced an epic match in the closest of contests. Newman this time partnered Kazakeos while Graham Miles/Eddie Fisher made up the second pair. In the first round of rubbers Newman/Kazakeos lost to the host’s first pair in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 while Miles/Fisher gelled from the start to win theirs 0-6, 4-6. The reverse rubbers saw Newman/Kazakeos overwhelm their opponents 3-6, 1-6 and Miles/Fisher run out of steam losing 6-4, 6-1. With the result in the balance at 2-2 in rubbers, 4-4 in sets, Herne Bay eventually ran out winners by 4 games to take the title.

One match still to be decided is the Ladies Division 2 Final. The Ladies 1 team had travelled to Bromley to take on their 1st team and nothing separated the to sides on an exhausting day for both teams. The opening rubbers saw Anne Gibbs/Louise Tucker edge the Bromley first pair in a 3rd set championship tie-break, while Danielle Miles/Nicola Mileham were just pipped in similar fashion in 3 sets. The second round of rubbers were the opposite of the tense, close battles of the first with Gibbs/Tucker losing just 2 games to win in straight sets and Miles/Mileham losing theirs in straight sets. With the match 2-2 in rubbers, 5-5 in sets and 38-38 in games the teams could not be separated and a replay will be required to determine a winner. The replay is scheduled for November.