2nd Jun. 15

Herne Bay tennis club have continued their successes in both the Kent and Dover & District leagues over the last 2 weeks. In the Kent league the ladies 3rd team travelled to Beckenham to play their 3rd team in division 6 and after a very close match came away with their second 3-1 win of the season. Three of the four rubbers were decided by a 3rd set tie-break with the Bay winning all of them. The successful team was Sarah Pout/Christine Hanson and Anja Stileman/Diana High. The match was so close that the Herne Bay side would have lost if the match had been decided on the number of games won. Ladies 1 continue to struggle in division going down by 3 rubbers to 1 against Tunbridge Wells 1 at home. Louise Tucker/Anne Gibbs won the only rubber. The team have yet to win a match this season. The mixed 1st team continued their winning ways with a 3-1 win at home to local rivals Canterbury 2 in division 2. Peter Elsden/Louise Tucker won both their rubbers and Graham & Danielle Miles won one in a deciding tie-break. The team have won 3 matches out of 3 so far with 2 left to play. In the men’s veterans midweek league the Bay team beat Blackheath by 4 games. Graham Miles/Ian Cooke won both their rubbers in straight sets and Jerry Loader/Gary Smith lost both of theirs. The match was tied at 2 rubbers all, 4 sets all but the Herne Bay men won 39 games to Blackheath’s 35.
In the Dover & Distinct league there were wins for men’s A and mixed A and B. The men’s A team played Knoll Ashford at home in division 1 and won by 6 sets to 2. Peter Elsden/Jerry Loader won all their sets and Graham Miles/Alex Kazakeos won 2. This was the 2nd win for the team this esason. The mixed A team played away in division 1 against Walmer A and won by 5 sets to 3. Graham Miles/Sue Toye won 3 close sets and Ian Cooke/Sarah Pout won 2. This was the team’s second match and their 1st win of the season. Finally mixed B also won away at Hythe against their B team in division 3. This was the team’s 1st win for 2 years! The jubilant team was Louise Tucker/Steve Howard and Helen Lipyeat/Mark Townsend.