Success for Pocklington mixed B & D teams amidst the gloom

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Rain was again the dominant force in tennis matches this week, with pretty much all Pocklington ladies and mens matches a complete washout.

The mixed teams did compete earlier in the week, however, and despite playing in steady light rain throughout the dank, dark evening, Pock Mixed B and D teams emerged from their home matches at West Green dropping only one set between them.

Mixed B played Bridlington B, and managed a resounding 9-0 win. Jean Hunter (back from injury)/Dave Gamble fell back into their winning ways, conceding only five games across their three sets. Fiona Lambert/John Kaye were kinder to the opponents, with nine games against, and Rachel Bloom/Jim Holding kindest of all, allowing 11.

At the same time, Mixed D were pulling out all the stops on the other courts against Beeford B, losing only one set (and that was a tie-break battled gamely by Mel Watson/Stuart Barnett). Rosanne Dane/Steve Barker despatched their three sets with ease, and Lesley Smithson/captain Gav Smith were Pock D’s top couple conceding only 10 games over their three sets.

The weather improved as the week progressed, however, and the weekend York League matches were played in glorious sunshine. Ladies B travelled to Knaresborough, where it took a while to adjust to the high bounces of the hard courts, particularly tricky when the balls land on the base line, sailing high into the netting.

But, adaptable throughout, the Pock ladies soon found their feet, and turned in a very convincing win. The ‘old firm’ of Loobie Kettlewell/Jean Hunter were back in action together, winning 26 games; Rachel Bloom/Josephine Nuttman won 22; and Angela Bush/Andrea Bland 18. A great team effort overall winning 66 games to 42, and strengthening Pock Ladies’ bid to remain in Fulford League Division Two.

In the Yorkshire Tykes league, Pock Men’s B team travelled to Wilberfoss to meet a strong Wilberfoss B team. Nick Boyd/Joe Thompson, James Laudage/Jack Newton Taylor, and Dave Maultby/James Eaglesfield all fought hard but fell to a stronger team, losing 33 games to 75, with Boyd/Thompson taking the only set.

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, or from Sally Wilkinson at Common Farm, Everingham on 01430 872415.

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