29th Jun. 11

Herne Bay tennis members have been busy trying to emulate their favourite players at Wimbledon over the last week in the Kent League. The mens 3 team played Beckenham 5 at home in division 8 and won 3-1. The team welcomed back James Wren to tennis after 2 years out to take up long distance running. His presence proved decisive when in partnership with Dave Lawrence they won both their rubbers. Bob Toye/John Lengthorn also won a rubber to contribute to the team’s 2nd win of the season. The mixed 2nd team had a very close match against Bexley 2 at home in division 3 which they just lost by a set. Both the Bay pairs beat the opposition’s 2nd pair but dropped a set doing so and they both lost to their 1st pair. Although the match was tied at 2 rubbers all they lost by 5 sets to 4. The team was Graham and Danielle Miles and Keith Clark/Sue Toye and they have now finished their season with 2 wins and 3 defeats. The mixed 3rd team have played twice in the last 2 weeks in division 5 and had a convincing win and a defeat. In the match at home to Tunbridge Wells 4 their job was made easier when the opposition were only able to send 1 pair. Both Herne Bay pairs, Ian Cooke/Debbie Holden and Jerry Loader/Vanessa Webb, beat them and won the match 4-0. Their away match at David Lloyd King’s Hill was also 4-0 but this time to the opposition. In the midweek league there was another win for the mens veterans team. They played at Walmer on their hard courts due to wet weather during the morning preventing use of the grass and won 3-1. Gary Sims/Keith Clark won 1 rubber and then the Walmer 2nd pair conceded to them due to running out of time to use the courts. Martin Beckley/Bryan Packham also won their 1st rubber but they conceded the second rubber when Packham was unable to continue due to a sprained ankle. The team have won all of their matches so far and have 2 remaining. In the Dover and District League the mens B team drew at home to Walmer D in division 4. Both Bay pairs won 2 sets against the Walmer 2nd pair and lost to their 1st giving a 4 sets all draw and a share of the points. The team was Gary Smith/Bob Toye and Dave Clemence/Bryan Packham. The club held their Longest Day Mixed American Tournament on the evening of 21st June with 12 pairs taking part. After the round-robin stage 4 pairs qualified for the semi-finals, they were Kay Mileham/Dave Lawrence against Lesley Taylor/Bryan Packham and Nicola Mileham/James Wren against Paul Wood/Ian Cooke. Cooke and Nicola Mileham won through to play Lawrence and Kay Mileham in the final. After an very competitive match Nicola Mileham and Ian Cooke were the winners. The tournament was well supported by club members, especially new members and it was good to see new faces competing in the latter stages.