Tennis: Pocklington Tennis Club Round-up

Pocklington Mixed A had a real nail-biter against Driffield Rec A, being equal on games won, but lost 4-5 in sets.

Ruth Hill/Chris Gunby won two sets and narrowly lost their other 6-8. Helen Whilesmith/Matt Ward and Mel Duncan/Damian Galloway both had good wins against the same couple, but couldn’t quite clinch another set.

Pock Mixed B didn’t fare so well the following week, finding it hard to adjust to the grass, losing 1-8. Dave Gamble/Jean Hunter won the solitary set, and also came back from 1-6 down to fight (and lose) a tie break. However, Fiona Lambert/Jim Holding and Rachel Bloom/Mick Douglas couldn’t overcome the grass experience and skill of the Driffield players.

Pocklington Mixed C team travelled to a sunny Market Weighton in search of a first league win in division two, to play Market Weighton B team. Darren Smith/Val French played some good tennis to form a solid partnership, winning two sets 8-4 and 8-3. Jim Bloom teamed up with Loobie Kettlewell to turn in a great performance to win two sets 8-4, 8-4 and lose their third set 7-8 in a tie break. Chris French/Sally Simpson fought hard, being 5-1 down in their first set, to get back to 7-7 and then go behind again 5-1 in the tie break to win through and win the all-important set for a 5-4 score and a great team win.

Last week, the mixed D team played Brandesburton in a closely-fought match. Gavin Smith and Di Flint won their first set and narrowly lost their second 8-7. Mark Smith and Josephine Nuttman won one set and lost their other two 5-8, 6-8. Stuart Barnett and Helen Fairey won their first set 8-5 and, despite winning their last set on a tie breaker in the dark, it was a 4-5 defeat. This week, they played Nafferton, with a similarly frustrating outcome, losing 4-5. Christel Wake and Steve Barker won two sets, one on a tie break; Di Flint and Paddy Dare stormed through one set with an 8-0 win, but sadly couldn’t sustain the momentum in their other two sets, and Louise Durkin and Stuart Barnett won one.

Pock Ladies B team are finding it tough at the top, and still have to find a first win in Division One. This week, they travelled to Scalby, and took a while to settle on the unfamiliar surface, most evident in Jean Hunter/Angela Bush losing the first half dozen games of their first set, but coming back to fight a tough tie break, which they sadly lost. Had it gone the other way, Pock would have won 5-4 because Di Flint/Loobie Kettlewell and Andrea Bland/Louise Wilkinson both won two sets apiece. Unfortunately, it didn’,t and they lost 4-5, the closeness shown by the game’s scoreline of 54-56.

The Ladies D team had a good 7-2 win at Harpham.

In the Fulford League, the Ladies B team kept up their 100% record so far this season with another convincing win 64-44 against Riccall. Well-seasoned pair Andrea Bland/Louise Wilkinson won 23, Di Flint playing with Christel Hetherton making her debut, won 21, and the two veterans, Rosanne Dane and Angela Bush, won 20. 

In the Men’s Tykes League, there was a sound victory for Pocklington seconds playing away at Selby. The overall score was Selby 52 Pocklington 56, with the visitors scoring 7.5 points and Selby 4.5.

Steve Barker and Patrick Dare, playing as Pocklington’s first pair, took each of their three sets by a score of nine games to three, with consistent solid play and efficient put-aways at the net. Three points in the bag there and a great foundation for the other two pairs.

Father and son Smith (Mark and Adam) improved steadily through their sets as they settled down, winning 12 games and half a point. Thanks to some marvellous retrieval play and some great volleys at the net from Nick Boyd, he and Dave Maultby scored 17 games and one point, helping Pocklington take home the majority of the points on offer.