29th May. 18

With the summer season well under way the matches are coming thick and fast for Herne Bay LTC.

After a heavy defeat at home to a strong Bexley 3 team, the Men’s 2 team bounced back in emphatic style in their next two matches in Division 8B of the Kent League. Unusually, these were played over consecutive days the first being a trip to Bromley Wendover Mens 4. Bay’s first pair Graham Miles/Ian Cooke won both their rubbers in straight sets, whilst second pair Dan Walker/Mark Townsend comfortably won their first rubber losing just the 3 games and were then taken to a 3rd set championship tie-break, successfully coming through that to record a 4-0 win.

The following day the same players travelled to Danny Wynne Tennis Academy 1 and proved far too strong for the hosts winning all four rubbers in straight sets to maintain their position at the top of the table.

In Division 3A the Men’s 1 team continued their impressive form by defeating Sydenham 2. It looked like the match would be over quickly when both the opening rubbers were won by Herne Bay without dropping a single game. Sydenham rallied however and the second round of rubbers turned out much closer. Bay’s first pair Ben Keighley/Alex Kazakeos rallied from losing a tight 1st set tie-break to take the next two sets whilst new pairing Graham Miles/Dan Sharp lost out on a 3rd set championship tie-break. Bay won 3-1 and stay at the top of the table.

The Mixed 3 team looked to capitalise on their good start to the season and played their next match away at Brenchley & Matfield Mixed 1 in Division 5A. Bay’s first pairing saw young Robbie Benka partner the experienced Debbie Holden and in a topsy turvy first rubber just lost out in a 3rd set championship tie-break. Meanwhile Eddie Fisher/Sue Toye lost in straight sets to a strong home second pair. In the reverse rubbers, Fisher/Toye found their rhythm and to win in 2 sets against the host’s first pair but sadly all hope of a comeback by Bay disappeared when Benka suffered a back injury and had to concede the rubber.

In an extremely close and hard fought match, Herne Bay Men’s Vets Midweek 2 lost out away at David Lloyd Kings Hill 2 by 3-1 in Division 4. The scoreline did not reflect how tight the match was with 3 of the rubbers going to 3rd set tie-breaks. The opening rubbers saw Mark Townsend/Keith Curtis bounce back from a set down before going on to lose in the 3rd and Jim Holgate/Greg Pearson take a set lead before the hosts came back and won the next two. In the reverse rubbers, Townsend/Curtis did well to win in straight sets albeit also involving a tie-break whilst Holgate /Pearson battled gamely before losing out again in 3 sets.

The Ladies Midweek 3 team also had a close match when they entertained Sevenoaks 3 in Division 4. Bay’s first pair Lesley O’Connell/Helen Lipyeat did well to win both their rubbers in straight sets but Christine Hanson/Sarah Pout struggled all afternoon and only managed to win a couple of games. With the match tied 2-2 in rubbers and 4-4 in sets, Sevenoaks came out on top 27-37 in games.

Matches have also started for Herne Bay in the Dover & District League, played to a different format than that of the Kent League with only 2 sets to each rubber. Early indications are very positive.

The Ladies team got off to a fine start by beating Hythe B in a light affected match. Sarah Pout/Denise Parrett won their first rubber fairly comfortably 6-2, 6-3 whilst Sheila Wyver/Diana High shared a set apiece 4-6, 6-4. In the reverse rubbers in failing light Wyver/High had another close one again sharing the spoils 6-4, 4-6. With Pout/Parrett a set up and 4-1 in the 2nd set the light became too difficult and it was agreed to discount the final set with Bay winning 5-2.

The Men’s A team entertained Walmer B at home with young Josh Deverson making his debut for the 1st team. He partnered the highly experienced Peter Elsden and forged a formidable partnership winning their rubbers 6-1, 6-0 and 6-2, 6-1. Bay’s first pair Alex Kazakeos/Ben Keighley also produced fine tennis to outwit their opponents winning 6-4, 6-4 and 6-1, 6-1 for an 8-0 whitewash.

The Mixed B team have already played two matches, Hythe C at home and away. The first match was played at Hythe in glorious conditions with Bay’s first pair Keith Curtis/Diana High grinding out a hard earned draw in the first rubber, bouncing back from the loss of the 1st set to a tie-break to take the next 6-1. They then went on to beat the home team’s second pair 6-4, 6-2. Bay’s second pair Lesley Taylor/Dan Weigh got off to a great start winning their first rubber 6-3, 6-0 before losing to Hythe’s first pair 4-6, 2-6. Bay the winners 5 sets to 3.

The scores were nearly identical in the return match at home even if the weather was not. With the visitors arriving with a completely changed team, Herne Bay only made the one change, Helen Lipyeat in for the unavailable Taylor. Curtis again partnered High and got the ball rolling with a solid 6-3, 6-0 win. Their next rubber was drawn 6-3, 4-6. Lipyeat/Weigh produced excellent tennis to overpower their opponents 7-5, 6-0 before losing out to the visitors 1st pair 5-7, 3-6. bay the winners again by 5 sets to 3.