Hamilton Tennis Club: Mixed Fourth team secure last-gasp win

Hamilton Tennis Club's mixed fourth team - Jenny Golland, Will Harrison, Sue Harrison, Barrie Farnsworth, Emily Harrison, Matt Daniel EMN-150825-130315002

Hamilton Tennis Club's mixed fourth team - Jenny Golland, Will Harrison, Sue Harrison, Barrie Farnsworth, Emily Harrison, Matt Daniel EMN-150825-130315002

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Hamilton Tennis Club’s mixed fourth team won their first match of the season in a nail-biting 5-4 win over Kibworth Seconds.

Going into the last round level, both teams needed two out of three sets to clinch the match, and when previously unbeaten Jenny Golland and Will Harrison lost to Kibworth first pair on a tie-break the signs were not good.

However, Sue Harrison and Barrie Farnsworth won their second set of the match and were followed by Emily Harrison and Matt Daniel who won their set and clinched the match.

Scores: Jenny Golland/Will Harrison L 8-9, W 9-4, 9-3; Sue Harrison/Barrie Farnsworth L 7-9, W 9-5, 9-5; Emily Harrison/Matt Daniel L 6-9, 6-9, W 9-7.

* The mixed first team, attempting to retain their champion status, won 8-1 against Oadby Granville.

Scores: Amelia Coltman/Ryan Parmar W 9-8, 9-4, 9-3; Di Burdett/Tom Rowe L 7-9, W 9-7, 9-3; Charlie Griffin/James Rowe W 9-1, 9-1, 9-3.

* The second mixed team are still on course for consecutive promotions after achieving a convincing 8-1 win over Ashby Castle.

Scores: Jo Heggs/Jack Elliss L 8-9, W 9-4, 9-7; Carol Gilchrist/Tom Elliss W 9-4, 9-3, 9-3; Nicky Kennedy/Justin Horobin W 9-2, 9-6, 9-2.

* The third team made it a clean sweep for the mixed teams when they beat Market Harborough Seconds by nine sets to sets despite missing a number of regular players.

Scores: Laura McMullen/Ben Catlin W 9-4, 9-0, 9-1; Cindy Coulter/Mike Crane W 9-1, 9-3, 9-3; Jo Rowe/Doug Hacking W 9-5, 9-3, 9-5.

* The ladies’ veterans first team of Margaret Heggs, Cindy Coulter, Rosie Gildove and Margaret Roskell continued to find the going tough in Division One and lost 8-0 to Charnwood.

The men’s veterans second team are also struggling and the team of Graham Hall, Keith Galloway, Selwyn Carter and Joe Cunningham lost 6-2 to Belvoir Vale with each pair winning one set.