Wetherby 2 captained in their debut season by Janine Smith were in action this evening when they hosted Tadcaster.Wetherby had seen their first fixture with Starbeck a victim of the weather but after heavy rain this afternoon, tonight cleared for a dry if somewhat cool evening.
Debbie Vines was a late withdrawal so Smith herself stepped in to partner Tournament organiser Ian Teasdale with Greg Vince, still on a high after winning the Wetherby men’s doubles title, teaming up with Louise Williams to complete the side.
Smith and Teasdale opened up against Tadcaster captain Sandra Levitt and Brent Horner. Horner had in fact worked alongside Greg Vince back in the day when he was just a youngster but has grown into an impressive individual with a very efficient and effective game. He was seen to full effect here and in truth dominated the rubber ensuring the visitors recorded a comfortable 2-10 opening victory.
Greg Vince and Louise Williams are a useful combination with these mild mannered but hughley competitive duo quickly gelling and dominating proceedings. They faced Sid Noble and Lisa Payne. Vince is a strong baseliner with an uncanny knack of returning most shots and with Williams confident around the court and deploying her great forehand weaponry, Wetherby ran out cosy 9-3 winners to keep the tie alive.
Vince and Teasdale then faced Horner and Noble in what was to prove a fascinating duel. The Wetherby men were not overawed despite some booming serves and strong aggressive play from Horner. They led 5-3 and a shock was on the cards. However the Taddy two reeled off four wins on the bounce to take the rubber 5-7 in a close run affair
The Wetherby girls knew they had to produce the goods to keep the match alive and Smith and Williams were in no mood to surrender. This pair had been part of the successful ladies second team which had gained promotion from York division three this term. They quickly began to show their class and with Williams continuing to reign down a number of baseline winners and Smith dominating the net, the Wetherby ladies closed out an excellent 9-3 victory.
So as the last round commenced Wetherby held a narrow 25-23 lead with all to play for. Smith and Teasdale dug in against Payne and Noble and after a hard fought encounter just managed to come out the right side for a 7-5 success. Williams and Vince knew they would have to play out of their skin to contain Horner and Levitt however and Horner in particular was to prove the star turn once more. He was almost unplayable as he produced some wonderful tennis to help Tadcaster win the rubber 2-10 and secure a narrow 34-38 final winning score line.
Another fine advert for the Winter League and well done to both teams for an enjoyable and entertaining evening of tennis.
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