23rd May. 11

Herne Bay tennis club members have made good use of the excellent weather by playing numerous matches throughout last week. The ladies 1st team continued their winning ways in Division 1 of the Kent League with a win at home to Blackheath 2nd team. Louise Tucker/Anne Gibbs won both their rubbers in straight sets. Their 2nd pair welcomed new member Nicola Mileham in combination with Danielle Miles. The pair played well together, having a marathon 1st rubber which lasted 2 hours, which they just lost in a championship tie-break. They also lost in a tie-break in the 2nd round but the 2 sets they won meant that the match was won by 6 sets to 4. This gives the team their 3rd win out of 4 matches with one left to play. In the midweek Kent Leagues there were wins for both the mens veterans and the ladies 1st team. The men travelled to Trottiscliffe were they won 4-0 and only dropped 13 games over the 4 rubbers. The devastating team was Gary Sims/Keith Clark and Martin Beckley/Brian Cooper. In the ladies division 1 match at home to Bearsted 1, the Bay’s 1st pairing of Sarah Pout/Anne Gibbs had a very close 1st set against the Bearsted number 1’s and then took the 2nd set to love. They also won their 2nd round rubber without dropping a set. Meanwhile their 2nd pair, Kay Mileham/Vanessa Webb, was involved in 2 long rubbers of which they won 1 to give the team a 3-1 victory.
There was only one match in the East Kent league this week and it was for the mixed 2nd team . They took on Margate 2 away and lost by a set. Both the Bay pairs beat Margate’s 2nd pair but dropped a set doing so. The unlucky team was Lionel Hoskins/Debbie Holden and Dave Lawrence/Diana High. In the Dover and District League the ladies team travelled to Hythe and won by 6 sets to 2. Debbie Holden/Sue Toye won all of their sets even though they were not used to the grass courts and Diana High/Lizzie Harvey won 2 sets. The team has won both of the matches it has played. The mens B team also recorded a win in division 4 by 5 sets to 3 away to new team, Sellindge. Gary Smith/Bryan Packham won 3 sets and Bob Toye/Dave Lawrence won 2.