Close games order of the week for Pocklington tennis club

The last week was marked by sunshine and showers – the first half of the week played in glorious sunshine, the second half washed out by torrential rain.

Ladies A played Long Riston on a lovely sunny evening for tennis. Pock went into the last round of matches at 3-3, so there was all to play for. But, sadly, they lost the last three sets, and the overall match 3-6.

All three Pock couples lost to one Long Riston pair: Mel Duncan/Emma Owen on a tie-break; Lisa Eade/Helen Whilesmith 6-8; and Fiona Lambert/Rachel Bloom 3-8. The closeness of the contest was demonstrated by Pock only losing by two games overall, 54-56.

Long Riston are big rivals, and it is always a close call as to which one wins the league butLadies A will come back all guns blazing for the return match.

Ladies B enjoyed playing on Malton’s much-improved grass courts on an idyllic summer’s evening. Captain Loobie Kettlewell/Di Flint took their first set 8-0 in record time, and had a long wait for the other first sets to finish, going on to win another set, (as well as a close 6-8 loss to Malton’s first couple). Andrea Bland/Louise Wilkinson also took the unfortunate Malton couple to 0, and again won a second. Jean Hunter/Josephine Nuttman were kinder to the previously whitewashed couple, allowing them two games, but then powered on to take all three sets, beating the Malton first pair in a final tie-break, giving Pock a worthy 7-2 win.

Mixed B travelled to Market Weighton on a lovely summer’s evening to play on their immaculate grass courts. Loobie Kettlewell/Dave Gamble again won all three - one by the skin of their teeth - after cruising to three games up, they took the foot off the gas and before they knew it were in a tie break at 7 all.

Realising their mistakes, they took the bit by the teeth and quickly managed to get back in the zone and won. Usual pairing of Ross Glieg/Fiona Lambert emphatically won all three, even if Ross did take a tumble, but gallantly brushed himself down to continue.

Jim Holding/Rachel Bloom had long hard matches, Rachel unable to cope with with one of their opponent’s drop shots, eventually winning two sets and losing the other one 6-8. It was an excellent 8-1 win for Pocklington.

The Mixed C Team entertained Driffield Rec. B at its peaceful surroundings on West Green. Steve Barker was drafted in to partner Di Flint who both played really well to win two sets both 8–6, losing their third to four.

Chris French and Victoria Bland only showed what they were capable of in parts, when 3–7 and 14-40 down they fought back to have points to draw even at 7-7, but failed to convert them. They lost their opening two sets 8–6 before brushing aside the Driffield third pair 8–3. Adam Smith and Val French ended with similar results 6–8, 6–8, 8–6.

To score 60 games and be on the losing side was somewhat unlucky. The Pocklington side needed to apply a bit more of a killer instinct to have turned this result around, coming out second best to record a 5–4 home defeat.

Mixed D travelled to Kilham, and all three couples made short shrift of one Kilham couple, conceding only two games across all three sets. Unfortunately, it wasn’t such plain sailing against the other Kilham pairs, and although Stuart Barnett/Mel Watson won another set on a tie-break, Robert Sampson/Lesley Smithson lost a close set 6-8, and Gav Smith/Helen Fairey battled hard, but overall Pock lost 4-5.

The men’s teams all started their matches on Thursday night in the Driffield League at home and away, but were all washed out in their respective first sets. It seems to rain on a Thursday, this season.

Last week in the Fulford League, Pock men’s B went down to a strong Racquets 2 team. Mark Smith/James Eaglesfield, Nick Boyd/Joe Thompson and David Maultby/John Wood battled fiercely, but lost out in the Byzantine scoring system 42 games to 66 (or 2.5 points to 9.5 points).

Tickets are now available for the Tennis Club’s Real Ale & Cider Festival on Saturday 7 June, from 11am-11pm at Everingham Village Hall. £10 admission gives you a souvenir glass and drinks. Tickets are available from Tennis Club Committee, pocklingtontennisclub@gmail.com or from Sally Wilkinson at Common Farm, Everingham on 01430 872415. Details are also on the website www.pocklingtontennis.com.

For full details of the club, visit www.pocklingtontennis.com. For information and membership forms contact the membership secretary David Maultby on dmaultby@aol.com or 07872 606221. For any queries, please contact pocklingtontennisclub@gmail.com.