On a glorious Summer morning the Wetherby first and second teams met in Level 2 Division 5 of the York Men’s Doubles League.
The first team are unbeaten with a one hundred percent record including an opening day 2.5 v 9.5 victory back in April over the second team. They fielded from strength against a second team who have improved of late and hopefully can avoid been dragged into a relegation dogfight.
Jeremy Reddish and David Corbyn teamed up and this fiercely competitive duo were in good form as they secured two wins and a draw for a total of 24 games to give the 1st team a solid start.
Mike Butterworth and Nigel Williams combined very effectively playing some lovely tennis with a controlled aggression which saw them finish a point better off with 25 after three consecutive wins. Two were narrow 7-5 success’s but their extra class proved the difference as they held their nerve on both occasions.
Paul Godden and Steve Jones completed the line up and they too were extremely efficient and ended up with an impressive 25 points. Godden is a hugh server and very effective net player and with Jones full of canny shots and an excellent short game the pair complemented one another to form a very impressive partnership.
For the second team Mike Park and Steve Crossley battled manfully all morning and despite three defeats picked up 12 points and narrow losses of 7-5 and 8-4. Mike Abel paired with Mike Connolly and they were on the wrong end of a narrow 7-5 reverse too and Josh Bayliss and Luke Green had the honour of forcing the only tie to prevent the whitewash.
So true to form the first team ran out comfortable 11.5 v 0.5 winners to continue their relentless title assault which grows ever nearer with each passing week. For second team captain Mike Park there will be more important rubbers in the battle to preserve their status in the section so he will not be overly concerned with today’s loss.
The first team entertain nearest challengers Wilberfoss next Sunday whilst Park takes his troops over to Harrogate where they play third placed Starbeck.
Well done to all concerned this morning and good luck to both teams next weekend.