On another glorious evening, Ian Teasdale took his Wetherby A mixed double’s outfit to the picturesque village of Burton Leonard for this Harrogate League Division Five clash.
Missing regular women Fiona Chantrey and Dawn Steel, the team drafted in Judith Crossley and Katie Barrett to bolster the ranks and both ladies came up trumps.
Crossley teamed up with number one man Kevin Duckenfield and the pair gained a draw from their opening rubber. Winning the first set 6-3 they were just pipped 6-5 after a tiebreak loss in the second. They bounced back with two consecutive 6-2 wins in their remaining games to finish with 2.5 points on the evening.
With the backdrop of beautiful scenery and the local cricket team in action next door this really was England at its picture postcard best.
Mike Triffitt and Louise Williams played seed 2 and the couple produced their best tennis of the season to click into gear. An opening 6-3,6-0 win was followed by further victories of 6-3 over the third home pair and a 6-2 success over couple one rounded off a good evenings work.
Not to be outdone Teasdale and Barrett also found themselves in the winners enclosure on three occasions and beat their fellow home third seeds 6-2,6-1 for a comprehensive win.
Played in a good spirit, the hosts provided excellent hospitality afterwards in the local hostelry. The Hare and Hounds is well worth a visit offering tasty food in lovely surroundings and the drive there is most enjoyable.
On the subject of driving, special mention must go to Louise Williams who once again was the chauffeur for the evening and ensured the team arrived relaxed and ready for the battle ahead.
So a convincing win means the side have won 2 and lost 1 but know there will be tougher tasks ahead as hopefully they maintain a promotion push.