Hamilton Tennis: Veterans final draws club championships to a close

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Hamilton Tennis Club’s Championships concluded with the ladies’ veterans doubles finals last week.

The semi-finals were closely contested with Lesley Greaves and Cindy Coulter beating Margaret Heggs and Margaret Shufflebotham 5-3, while Sue Corfield and Rosie Gildove shading Sue Harrison and Jill Woods 5-4 on a tie-break.

Sue and Rosie hit top form in the final to beat Lesley and Cindy 6-1, 6-1.

* On the Winter League scene, the Hamilton ladies’ first team recorded their first win of the season when they beat Carisbrooke A by six sets to two with both pairs winning three sets.

Scores: Jess Gadsby/Jo Heggs W 6-4, 6-2; D 6-3, 1-6. Carol Gilchrist/Nicky Kennedy Maggs W 6-2, 6-4; D 1-6, 6-2.

* The ladies’ third team won 6-2 against Loughborough Greenfields Firsts as Saskia Davies made her senior debut.

Eileen Merrison and Jill Woods led the team with a maximum four-set haul.

Scores: Eileen Merrison/Jill Woods W 7-5, 6-2; W 6-0, 6-0. Polly Dolby/Saskia Davies W 6-4, 6-4; L 4-6, 1-6.

* The other teams did not fare so well as the ladies’ fourth team lost 6-2 to a strong Hinckley third team with both pairs winning one set.

Scores: Jessi Jackson/Alison Stone L 0-6, 3-6; D 3-6, 6-3. Davina Adams/Jan Brookes L 0-6, 0-6; D 6-2, 5-7.

* The ladies’ second team were whitewashed 8-0 by Roundhill Firsts despite two close sets from Rosie Gildove and Margaret Heggs.

Scores: Rosie Gildove/Margaret Heggs L 2-6, 1-6; L 6-7, 5-7. Sue Harrison/Lesley Greaves L 0-6, 0-6; L 1-6, 1-6.

* Hamilton’s men’s second team also failed to pick up a set in an 8-0 loss to Leicester Police.

Scores: Joe Jackson/Mike Crane L 5-7, 2-6; L 3-6, 0-6. Jimmi Cox/Nigel Crymble L 3-6, 4-6; L 0-6, 3-6.

* The men’s fourth team also went down 8-0 to Gynsill Thirds with Graham Hall and Selwyn Carter unable to stave off the whitewash when they lost a tie-break.