9th Aug. 10

The season is drawing to a close for most teams at Herne Bay Tennis club who have been playing their last matches in the Kent League over the last few weeks. The mixed 1st team have been the most successful team and are in a good position to win their section of division 1 for the 2nd time in 3 years. The team played Beckenham 2 2 weeks ago and won 3-1 so went into their final match of the league programme away against Sydenham 1 at the weekend knowing that if they won 3-1 or better they would qualify for the final. A 2-2 win would leave them waiting for the results from other teams in the division. In the 1st round Peter Elsden/Anne Gibbs played a pair of strong Sydenham youngsters and just lost 5-7, 4-6 while Martin Beckley/Louise Tucker beat the 2nd pair 6-2, 6-3. At the end of the 1st round Herne Bay led by 3 games and were able to hold onto this narrow lead in the 2nd round with Elsden/Gibbs winning 6-4, 6-2 and Beckley/Tucker losing 2-6, 5-7. The team now have a nail-biting wait until they receive an email from the league organiser telling them if they have done enough to reach the final which would be played at home against Blackheath 1. The other 2 mixed teams had contrasting fortunes. Mixed 2 found division 2 too difficult and were relegated but mixed 3 were in contention to win division 5 with only I defeat up to their last match when they were only able to send one pair to Knoll Orpington to play their 3rd team and lost 3-1. Nick Wibberley/Danielle Miles beat the oppositions 2nd pair. In the mens divisions the 1st team finished with 2 wins and 4 defeats in division 2 and should remain in that division for next summer. Mens 2 lost all the matches in division 6 but had some close games particularly their last away to Blackheath 4 which they lost by 9 games. Ian Cooke/Nick Wibberley won both rubbers in that match and were equally successful in the other matches they played together – they only lost 1 rubber through the season. The mens 3rd team only won one match in division 8 but it was against Canterbury! The ladies were a little more successful than the men – the 1st team has won 1 match out of 4 with one left to play but should survive in the top division for another year and the 2nd team won 3 matches and lost 2 in division 4.
The Kent midweek League has produced more consistent success for the Bay with all 3 teams undefeated. The mens veterans team recently played Bromley Cricket Club away and won 3-1. Keith Clark/Gary Sims won both their rubbers and Martin Beckley/Lionel Hoskins won one. The team have won all 4 of the matches they have played so far with 2 left to play. The ladies have finished all their matches and won division 1 and the mixed veterans team have one match left to play having won all the previous 5. They played David Lloyd, King’s Hill away during the week and after a shaky start won 4-0. The team was Keith Clark/Sarah Pout and Brian Cooper/Anne Gibbs.
In the Dover and District league the mixed A team completed all their matches without a defeat and have won division 2. In their last few matches they beat the B team by 6 sets to 2, Ash by the same score and Hythe B 7-1. The team was Sarah Pout/Eddie Fisher and Jerry Loader/Sue Toye except for the match against the B team when Bob Toye played in place of Fisher. The B team ended their season in the same division with a win against Hythe B at home by 5 sets to 3. The team won 3 matches, drew 2 and lost 3 but have done enough to remain in division 2 for next season. The mens A team started their season in division 2 very well but lost their last 3 matches by 3 sets to 5 so will have to wait until after they play their last match to see if they have done enough to win promotion to the top division. The mens B team also have 1 match remaining in division 4 but with 3 wins from the 7 matches they have played they have already achieved their best ever league position. The ladies are poised at the top of their division with 1 match to play having already had 2 wins and 3 draws.
In the East Kent league mens 2 had a welcome win against Margate 3 at home in division 2. They won 4-0 and the team was Dave Clements/Ron Withers and Greg Pearson/Jerry Loader. The ladies beat Canterbury away by 2 sets with Sarah Pout/Denise Parrett and Debbie Holden/Christine Hanson both winning a rubber and taking a set from the 1st pair. Finally mixed 2 played Canterbury away and won 3-1. Sarah Pout/Dave Lawrence won both rubbers and Diana High/ Alex Kazakeos won 1. Both men were making a welcome return to competitive tennis after long term injuries.