Tennis: Bubwith Tennis Club round-up

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The season started off with an excellent match for the Bubwith men’s first team, under the captaincy of Rob Jackson.

The team came through a tricky first test in the new Level 2 league system clutching a 66-42 victory against a well-organised Appleton Roebuck side.

Club debutant Daryl Young, teamed with Paul Blackett, made a solid start to the season with 20 games and 1.5 points. Next, followed a gritty performance from Rob Jackson and Jon Longthorp. They twice came from behind to claim 23 games and 2.5 points. However, the stars of the day were the ever-consistent Shaun Pinchbeck and Doug Smith, who also achieved 23 games with victory in all three rubbers, giving them three points. Overall, the pairs lost just one rubber and drew a further two on the way to picking up three valuable bonus points.

The ladies team in division five had an enjoyable first season match at home to David Lloyd. The final score was 61-47 to David Lloyd. Dunnington thirds came across to Bubwith for a close fight right up until the final rubber with the Dunnington thirds first pair against the Bubwith third pair. The result was a draw, 54-54. The recently-promoted mixed seconds had their first game of the season in division nine, away to Fulford sixths. Top scores were Julia Barber and Steve Pinion and Alastair Southworth and Diana Longthorp, with 30 games each. Lizanne Southworth and Chris Cobley were close runners-up with 28 games. The final score was 88-20.

Bubwith men’s first team took on a familiar foe in Rowntree Park seconds. An eventful morning saw Rowntree edge further ahead in each rubber as they passed the line to claim a precious 58-50 victory over a tough Bubwith side who never managed to quite get ahead. Shaun Pinchbeck and Doug Smith top scored with 18 games (0.5 points), followed by Daryl Young and Paul Blackett with 16 games (1.5 points) and Rob Jackson and Jon Longthorp also with 16 games (one point). The men’s seconds had a great 24-84 win against Bishopthorpe, under the captaincy of Dave Booth.