Sutton upon Derwent off to a winning start

Sutton upon Derwent Tennis has had a rain battered start to the season.

Waders and a mac would often have been more use than a racket and some trainers.

That said, some hardy souls have made it out on court and managed to get full matches played.

Sutton’s men’s seconds kicked the season off in style with a good win at Appleton Roebuck between the showers.

A highly versatile Martin Davies strengthened the side, furnished with a well-used array of sporting equipment in his car, as well as the ever-youthful Billy Bartram, who top scored with partner Sam Hitchenor (23 games).

Mark Pryce came out of hibernation and, with Ken Ridley who was flown in from South Africa, registered a commendable 18 games.

With the average age of the team being well above the national sporting average, all players are given a well-deserved pat on the back.

The men’s first team were on a rest week.

Sutton upon Derwent ladies dodged the heavy showers to take on Riccall on Saturday, their first match of the season having been rained off the previous weekend.

It was a closely-fought match in blustery conditions, but Sutton pulled through with a win 59-49.

Lucy Collier and Anna Fell dusted off their rackets in fine form and topped the morning with 25 games, Lynne Marriage and Rachel Fisher with 18.

Peggy Hodgson with Frankie Marsh failed to make it out of the starting blocks for most of the morning but ended with 16.

Mid-week saw the mixed second team travel to Poppleton.

After showers throughout the day, they managed to squeeze in a match in some surprising sunshine.

This must have gone to their heads as they completely outstayed their welcome in Poppleton’s local boozer afterwards.

It was a hard match with good games played by all.

Last season’s top couple Stuart Turner and Anna Fell started as they mean to go on, showing up the rest of the team by gaining a highly respectable 26 games,

Adrian Hitchenor missed his usual partner with Frankie Marsh stepping up to the blocks and achieving 22 games.

Fenella Hobson and Sam Hitchenor must have had the sun in their eyes but still came out on top with 19 games.

A great way to start the season registering a 67 – 41 win.

Let’s hope this marks a great start to the second team’s season in the blustery heights of Division Five.

The club hosted their first tournament of the season last weekend - the Annual Howdenshire Cup.

Players turned out armed with rackets, sun cream, pac-a-macs and spikes not knowing what weather would befall them. The afternoon turned into a great success despite the ever threatening cloud.

With the overall winners being George Hobson and Anna Fell, this was a fitting end to a week of celebrations for George’s 18th birthday.

Runners-up were Sam Hitchenor and Frankie Marsh.