TENNIS: Scalby Ladies continue superb start to season

Scalby Ladies A continued their excellent start to the season with a 6-3 win at Malton in Driffield League Division One.

Richard Stacey of Scarborough Pindar C is pictured serving
Richard Stacey of Scarborough Pindar C is pictured serving

This was a particularly special result for the visitors as they are hard court players at their Station Road home but had to play on Malton's grass.

Jackie Speakman and partner Lynn Day had a great night winning all three rubbers.

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Mandy Hillier and Jane Stockdale came in with a very creditable two rubbers and Joy Sharples with Sue Jackson won one.

Meanwhile in Division Three, Scalby Ladies B team also unbeaten so far had a comfortable win by eight rubbers to ione over Filey Ladies, who could only bring two couples.

The home team had Sue Adamson partnering Louise Tomlinson, Sue Kendall with Sally Beaumont and Heather Tiffin played with Win Calvert.

A disappointing result for Filey after their win last week, they had Sue Robson and Sarah Umpleby together and Rachel Philiskirk partnering Liz Fenby.

Also in division three Scarborough Pindar ladies were at home to Driffield LTC B and took the honours by seven rubbers to two to keep their unbeaten run going.

A super evening for Heather Forbes and partner Jane Hamp who took all their three rubbers while Helen Neal playing with Nicola Guthrie took two as did Helen Reay and Zoe Hill.

Altogether a very good session for three out of four of our ladies teams.

The shoot-out between Scalby B and Scarborough Pindar will be something to look forward to.

In the men’s section Scarborough Pindar A just missed out 5-4 in a very hard-fought match against a strong Cherry Burton side at Filey Road in Division One.

The experienced pair of Roger Amstell and Dave Thompson were the pick of the home pairs taking a sound two rubbers which left Jim Mellor and Adam Tildsley and Bryan Edwards playing with Paul Reddish with one rubber each.

The Scarborough team were without their strongest player Will Reay and his return in time for the next fixture will be crucial.

The men’s C team were also at home against Driffield LTC B in Division Four.

They had an excellent win by eight rubbers to one against a young visiting team who gave a good account of themselves in difficult windy conditions on the Scarborough College courts.

Richard Stacey continued his unbeaten record so far taking three rubbers with new partner James Draper.

Newcomers Peter Budworth and Oliver Hillier started their first game with a clean sweep of three rubbers leaving Steve Brindle and partner Jon Conyers to take two rubbers.

This leaves the team with two wins out of three so far and a good start to their campaign.

Finally Filey men travelled to Flamborough with only two pairs for their Division Seven clash against the home B team.

They came away with a superb victory by six rubbers to three.

This meant both visiting pairs of Ray Roberts and Alex Waites and John Sellers partnering Kev Brown won all their rubbers.

Although turning out with two pairs can never be recommended it is better than not fulfilling the fixture and in this case ends up with a win for the understrength team.