6th Jun. 10

The summer season is well underway for Herne Bay tennis club, with matches taking place in 4 different leagues. In the Kent League all 3 mens teams have played but the mens 3rd were the only team to record a win. In their 2nd match in division 8 they beat their local rivals Canterbury 6 by 4 rubbers to nil. Lionel Hoskins/Bryan Packham won both their rubbers easily and Ron Withers/Dave Clements won their 2 in championship tie-breaks. The ladies 2nd team played a very close match away to Headcorn in division 4 and despite drawing on both rubbers and sets clinched the match by 1 game. The Bay 1st pair of Sarah Pout/Denise Parrett won both their rubbers in straight sets, 6-2, 7-6 & 6-1, 6-3 and their 2nd pair of Christine Hanson/Diana High lost both theirs but won just enough games to secure a 37-36 game win. The mixed 1st team played their 2nd match of the summer in division 1 and won 4-0 at home to Sevenoaks 1. Peter Elsden/Anne Gibbs won both their rubbers in straight sets but did require a tie-break to take the 1st set against the opposition’s 2nd pair and Martin Beckley/Louise Tucker needed a championship tie-break to beat the same pair but also won against the 1st pair in straight sets. The team have now won both matches they have played.
In the East Kent league there was a 4-0 win for the mens 1st team in division 2 away to Margate 3. Hoskins/Packham won 1 rubber in straight sets and the other, against a pair of youngsters, in a championship tie-break. Bay’s 2nd pair of Gary Smith/Ron Withers won both their rubbers very convincingly. The ladies 1st team played Broadstairs away in division 1 and lost 1-3, Pout and Parrett winning the only rubber and the mens 2nd team lost in division 2 away to Margate 2.
In the Dover and District midweek evening league there were wins for mens A, B and mixed B plus 2 draws one for the ladies and one for mixed B. The mens 1st team played Pfizer A away and Folkestone Harbour at home in division 2 and only dropped one set. Martin Beckley/Graham Miles and Alex Kazakeos/Mark Kennard beat Pfizer 8-0 and Folkestone 7-1 to ensure a very successful start to the season. Mens B were also in winning form in division 4 with a 7-1 result at home to Pfizer B. The team was Gary Smith/Bryan Packham and Jerry Loader/Dave Clements. The mixed B team also played 2 matches in division 2, the 1st at home to Canterbury C they won by 5 sets to 3 with Christine Hanson/Matt Hoffmeister winning 3 sets and Anja Stileman/Dave Clements winning 2. They then played Ash also at home and drew 4 sets all. This time the 2nd pair was Debbie Holden/Clements. The other match played in this league was the ladies team at home to Bridge and this resulted in yet another 4-4 draw. Hanson/Holden won 6-1, 6-1 & then lost 0-6, 2-6 while Parrett/High won 7-6, 6-1 & then lost 5-7, 2-6.
Finally in the Kent midweek league there were wins for the mens and mixed veterans teams. The mens travelled to Chipstead and won 4-0. Keith Clark/Gary Sims had 2 very easy wins while Hoskins/Packham won both their rubbers in championship tie-breaks. The mixed team’s match against Canterbury at Herne Bay was very competitive with the 4-0 score line flattering the home side. Beckley/Hanson won their 1st rubber in a championship tie-break and then their 2nd by 6-4, 7-6 and Clark/Gibbs had a very easy 0 and 1 win against the Canterbury 2nd pair but needed a championship tie-break to beat their 1st pair.