3rd Jul. 18

Taking advantage of the superb weather in recent weeks, Herne Bay LTC continue their efforts in the Kent Leagues.

In their final match of the summer the Mixed 4 team played the leaders of Division 7A as they hosted Hythe Mixed 2 and produced a fantastic performance. Bay’s 1st pair Colin Thompson/Tui Thain got things off to a flying start by claiming the first rubber in straight sets 6-2, 6-2. Meanwhile Martin Feakins/Debbie Holden battled back from a set down to win the second set 6-4 and go on to take the 3rd on a championship tie-break. In the reverse rubbers Thompson/Thain again won in straight sets but were taken to a tie-break in a close second set. Against the visitors 1st pair Feakins/Holden repeated the scoreline of their team mates earlier to win 6-2, 6-2 and record a 4-0 victory to claim top spot in the table and the title.

Ladies 3 entertained Parklangley 2 in Division 6B. Against a strong visiting 1st pair, Helen Lipyeat/Sheila Wyver narrowly lost the opening set 5-7 before bouncing back to take the second set and the championship tie-break in a highly entertaining encounter. Bay’s 2nd pairing, Diana High/Tui Thain found their game quickly in their opening rubber to record a rapid fire win in two sets with the loss of only 3 games. High/Thain had a far tougher time in the reverse rubbers and having traded sets 6-3, 3-6 the visitors came through to take the 3rd set tie break for their only rubber of the day. Lipyeat/Wyver went on to win the final rubber 7-5, 6-1 for a well earned 3-1 win.

The Men’s 3 team travelled to Shooters Hill 3 in Division 9B with a changed line-up due to injuries and nearly pulled off an incredible win. New pairing Jason Hollingsworth/Bryan Packham struggled early on against the oppositions hard hitting 2nd pair losing 6-0, 6-4. Colin Thompson/Eddie Fisher on the other hand battled to a fine 5-7, 4-6 win in their opener that included some excellent interchanges and dramatic rallies. In the second round Hollingsworth/Packham again struggled, losing 6-2, 6-1. Knowing that to have any chance a big win was necessary in the final rubber, Thompson/Fisher got off to a flyer taking the first set to love but a close second set gave the hosts just enough and after drawing 2-2 in rubbers, 4-4 in sets, the spoils went to Shooters Hill 37 games to 32.

The Ladies Midweek 3 team enjoyed themselves in a relatively one-sided affair away at Kings Hill Ladies Midweek 2 in Division 4. Bay’s 1st pair Denise Parrett/Debbie Holden achieved the perfect ‘double bagel’ to win both their rubbers without losing a game! Sarah Pout/Diana High lost a competitive first set 6-4 before romping away with the next 0-6 and then comfortably winning the championship tie-break. In their second rubber Pout/High lost only 3 games to a now thoroughly dispirited opponent for Herne Bay to win 4-0.

Ladies 2 likewise had an easy 4-0 win at home to Sevenoaks Ladies 4 in Division 3B and are handily placed just behind the leaders with a couple of matches to play. Caroline Packer/Sue Toye dovetailed well to win their first rubber 6-3, 6-3 and their second 6-2, 6-3. The ever reliable pair Debbie Holden/Denise Parrett did even better winning 6-1, 6-1 and then 6-1, 6-2.

In what has been a frustrating campaign so far in Division 2A the Mixed 2 team hosted Knoll (Orpington) Mixed 1 and produced a great performance to beat the League leaders 3-1. The opening rubbers saw the tie evenly matched at 1-1. Bay’s 1st pair Anne Gibbs/Matt Newman overcame stubborn resistance but with some aggressive net play and recorded a 6-4, 6-2 win. Bay’s second pair faired less well, Sue Toye/Graham Miles losing in straight sets 3-6, 2-6. Toye/Miles then upped their game against the visitors first pair winning 6-3, 6-3 with Gibbs/Newman rounding off an impressive display by winning the final rubber 6-1, 6-3.

Elsewhere in the Dover & District League the Ladies team played out two very close matches within a couple of weeks of each other. First the entertained Canterbury and in an up and down match Bay were left ruing their chances losing out narrowly in games. Bay’s 1st pair Debbie Holden/Denise Parrett lost only 8 games over their 2 rubbers whilst conversely Bay’s 2nd pair Helen Lipyeat/Diana High never really got going all evening and heavily lost both theirs. The match was tied 4-4 in sets but 27-32 in games in favour of the visitors.

With a slightly changed line-up in their next match at home to Hythe A, a similar pattern to the previous match ensued resulting in the match being ties 4 sets all. Sarah Pout this time partnered Holden and they comfortably won both their rubbers. Sheila Wyver this time partnered High and although they lost both rubbers in 2 sets, they just picked up enough games to edge it 34 games to 32.