September League Roundup

The summer league matches came to a conclusion in September with the last two rounds of the Mixed Doubles League.

On 7th September Mixed 1 faced Twyford 1 in Division 2 and their 3 points for a 3-1 win ensured they stay in Division 2 for another year.  Emma Knowles/John Phillips were a class above the rest of the players, winning 6-2 6-2 against Rebecca Jenkins/Tim Ward and 6-1 6-1 against Karen McKenzie/Any Vyronos.  Tina Stern/Matt Paxton found it a bit tougher against McKenzie/Vyronos but, after winning the first set on a tie-break they ran away with the second 6-1.  That proved to be a vital rubber as Jenkins/Ward were far too strong for Stern/Paxton, winning 6-1 6-1.

Mixed 2 went away to play Binfield in Division 5B and they won 4-0, although it wasn’t quite as easy as the score suggests.  Michael Harris/Jenny Sheppard won 6-3 6-2 against John Pascoe/Joyce Dargie but Peter Lindholm/Alison Nicholson had to dig deep to come out on top against Tim Usher/Angelique Blom, winning 7-6 7-6.  It was easier in the second round, though, as they won 2 and 2 against the home 1st pair while Harris/Sheppard won 1 and 3 against their 2nds.

Mixed 3 were away at Purley in Division 7B and they only just missed out on a 4-0 win, instead having to be satisfied with 3-1.  Jenny Partridge/Andrew Morrison showed what a good match pair they have become with a 6-1 6-0 win against Natasha Walker/Martin Dickens followed by 6-1 6-1 against Linda Johnson/Matt Crittle.  Wendy Miles/David Jubb certainly enjoyed themselves in their first set against Johnson/Crittle, winning it 6-0 and then taking the second 6-3 .  By the second round Walker/Dickens were recovering from their thrashing in the first round and took the first set 6-2 against Miles/Jubb although they lost the second by the same score.  But by the time the home pair won the deciding tie-break, Crowthorne had already won the tie.

On the final Saturday of the summer season, Mixed 1 had a tough trip to play Caversham Park 1 in Division 2.  Caversham Park had dropped just 1 point and 2 rubbers all season, all in their close match against Wokingham 1, and were leading the table by a point over Wokingham.  The result was a 3-1 win for Caversham Park but Emma Knowles/John Phillips had the satisfaction of taking their first rubber 6-4 6-4 against Celine Cheng/Steven Ratcliffe.  The home side’s stronger pair was clearly Hayley Halsall-Randall/Edwin Lak who played at 2 and beat Tina Stern/Matt Paxton 6-0 6-2 before beating Knowles/Phillips 6-2 6-2.   Stern/Paxton finished with a 1-6 3-6 loss against Cheng/Ratcliffe but, despite the 1-3 loss, the team stays in Division 2.

Mixed 2 got their revenge by beating Caversham Park’s 3rd team 3-1 in Division 5B to finish in the second promotion place, a point ahead of their beaten opponents.  It was a close match with 3 rubbers going to 3 sets.  Jenny Sheppard/Joe Forrester won 4-6 6-4 7-5 against Cheryl Heppenstall/Paul Flood while Ravinder Norman/Steve Stow were narrowly losing to Steph Preston/Howard Willis 4-6 6-3 4-6.  In the second round Sheppard/Forrester again lost their first set, this time 2-6, before taking the 2nd and 3rd on tie-breaks, winning 2-6 7-6 7-6 against Preston/Howard while Norman/Stow were having a relatively straightforward 6-2 6-4 win against Heppenstall/Flood to clinch the 3-1 victory.

Mixed 3 finished their season with a cracking 4-0 victory at home against Home Park 2 in Division 7B, finishing top of the table after losing just one point in their opening match.  Lorraine Fowler/Andrew Morrison started with a convincing 6-1 6-4 win against Rebecca Calvert/Johal Bal but the performance of the day must go to Pauline Snell/David Jubb who thrashed Sunita Patel/Michael Jones 6-0 6-0.  In the second round Fowler/Morrison did nearly as well, beating the hapless Patel/Jones 6-0  6-1 while Snell/Jubb slipped up a bit, winning 6-1 3-6 1-0 against Calvert/Bal.

Many thanks and congratulations to Alison Nicholson, ably assisted by Mark Callaghan, who organised the Mixed teams and achieved promotion for the 2nds and 3rds while the 1st team stay in a strong Division 2.