Dynamic Duo Dominate

The York Two mixed doubles team travelled to Bishopthorpe on Tuesday evening hoping to maintain their push for consecutive promotions.

With the hosts labouring in last place in the section after losing their opening six games, this looked like a perfect opportunity to continue that run.

Captain Debbie Vines was still missing with a long lingering arm injury and Mike Connelly, who is a very strong member of the squad, was also absent. Trish Bell was a non runner too so Lucy Wright stepped in from Harrogate one to complete the team.

Unfortunately Wetherby came across one of the best partnerships they are likely to encounter this term with James Field and Elizabeth Opie proving in a different class as they dominated with some fantastic tennis. Field, returning from University and Opie, who has recently moved to the area were in scintillating form as they picked up an incredible 29 points on the night to put Bishopthorpe in a strong position to break their season duck.

Lucy Wright and Mike Abel paired up and did well in recording two victories and securing 18 points. Stuart Robinson partnered  Rachel Butterworth and found the going tougher but still managed a win and a draw to finish on 14.

Jill Abel played with Olli Parks and one win and a narrow loss meant they picked up 16 points.

But the difference proved to be Field and Opie and Bishopthorpe duly celebrated a first league success of the campaign with a final winning margin of 60-48.

A consistent scoring from the Wetherby team and on a normal evening they would no doubt have picked up enough points to have won themselves.

The Team have now won four and lost three but as tonight proves there are no easy games in Division Four and you never know what standard of opposition is lurking round the corner. They entertain Dunnington next Tuesday who are currently second, but at least this gives them an opportunity to gain ground on a promotion rival if managing to secure victory.

Well played to all this evening despite defeat and good luck next week.



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