Ladies 1 started their winter campaign with a close home win against Wargrave 2 in Division 3. Jenny Sheppard & Ravinder Norman won two close matches in straight sets, 6-4 7-5 against Jennifer Harding & Bettina Phillis and 7-6 7-5 against 7-6 7-5. Lorraine Fowler & Tina Stern had good starts in both of their matches but slipped up in both second sets and failed to clinch either deciding tie-break. While disappointing not to win the extra point, 2 points for the win by 6 sets to 4 is a great result when you consider the team’s summer campaign in Division 3B that yielded “nul points”!
In Division 6, Ladies 2 had a long trip to Cholsey with two members having their first outing for the Ladies teams. Although Ellie Torkington played in a Mixed match in the summer, this was her first Ladies Doubles match. Josie Haworth has only recently joined the club so it was her first match for Crowthorne. The first round was a story of narrow losses for the Crows pairings with Jenny Partridge & Haworth losing 6-7 7-5 0-1 to Jennifer Robson & Tina Stirling while Pauline Snell & Torkington lost 5-7 5-7 to Florence Henno & Michelle Shaw. In the second round Partridge & Haworth lost 5-7 1-6 to Henno & Shaw and, with Snell & Torkington losing 2-6 2-6 to Robson & Stirling, it was 4-0 to the home team. However, the detailed scores show how close the match was and the performance of the two new players augers well for the future.