This evening saw another club game take place when Peter Baldwin and Mary Fidler played Roger Grigg and Debbie Vines in the first round of the mixed doubles competition.
Grigg is a relative newcomer to the club and was playing in his first competitive knockout match. Both he and Vines have suffered with injury this term so this was always going to be a tough ask.
Peter Baldwin is a seasoned campaigner and a very experienced player with several years of league experience behind him. Partner Mary Fidler is an improving sort and provided able support for Baldwin.
The game proved to be a two hour long epic which swung one way then the other.
With the weather staying fine, although not as sunny as the day had been, the first set was keenly contested before Baldwin and Fidler won 6 games to 4. Baldwin is a very hard hitter on his forehand and this explosive weapon proved difficult for Vines and Grigg to handle. Grigg served well but mindful of his leg injury was unable to serve at full speed whilst Vines controlled many rallies with powerful ground strokes but unfortunately the long standing arm injury meant she was not as effective as usual with her net play.Fidler was happy to play the anchor role and was consistent throughout in a quiet but efficient manner.
The second set was as fiercely contested as the first but this time Grigg and Vines were in the ascendancy as they levelled the match winning 6-4. This set up a final set decider.
Baldwin and Fidler were soon out of the traps and ultimately made all to complete a 2-1 victory by 6 games to 2.
A great advert for club tennis played in a superb atmosphere which at times was most humorous meant all four players thoroughly enjoyed this marathon event.
Well done to the victors who advance to play Ian Teasdale and Cathryn Keighley in round two. Commiserations to the losers who certainly played their part in a super match.
From left to right were gallant losers Roger Grigg and Debbie Vines with the winners Mary Fidler and Peter Baldwin.