Wetherby men entertained Tadcaster men this evening in a friendly at sun soaked Castlegarth. On the hottest day of the year temperatures were still high as play commenced. Tadcaster were led by captain Lindsay Edgar who is also an important member at Wetherby and who is currently starring in Tony Cutlers Wetherby mixed B team who sit proudly top of Harrogate Division 6. Cutler was in opposition tonight as he led the hosts into battle. Tadcaster are looking to re-enter the Wetherby run Winter League and explore the possibilities of fielding a men’s team in the York league so tonight was a sample of what they could expect.
Mark Freeman was a late withdrawal for Wetherby with injury so Mike Triffitt stepped in to partner son Bradley at seed one whilst Tony was joined by Tom Harrington.
Lindsay paired up with Clint Cockcroft at one whilst Will Woodrow and Theuns Liebenberg were at seed two for Taddy.
Lindsay and Clint made an impressive start on court four against the Trifitts and were quickly 3-0 ahead. Clint is arguably the top player at Tadcaster and is heading their singles ladder. He opened up with a couple of aces which left the Triffitts knowing they would be in a real battle tonight. Lindsay was capturing his mixed form and his all action style around court was useful as he ran down many a lost cause. Mike and Brad were struggling for a foothold and at 2-4 down where staring defeat in the face. However Brad began to find good width and hitting some lovely forehands, both cross court and down the line, the hosts mounted a comeback. At 6-5 Mike was serving to take the contest and he didn’t disappoint to wrap up narrow 7-5 victory after an enthralling contest.
On court five things were equally close as Tony and Tom did battle with Will and Theuns. Will is a strong competitor and with a decent serve and strong forehand he was looking impressive. Theuns is not as experienced but the South African was tenacious around court and eager with his returns. Tony has improved this season and reducing his error count with far more consistency has proved a really useful trait. Tom is always battling away and chasing everything and there was very little between the pairs throughout. Fittingly a 6-6 draw was a very fair reflection and both teams looked happy with the draw.
So going into round two Wetherby led 13-11 with all to play for. Lindsay and Clint sensed blood and knew they would need to score big and they were quickly out of the blocks playing some scintillating tennis. Clint was enjoying the doubles and his pace and power were proving too hot to handle. Lindsay maintained his consistency and at 1-6 things were looking bleak for the hosts. However the battling Wetherby buddies fought back bravely taking the next two games and looking more composed added a further game to ensure they were only beaten 4-8.
All eyes now turned to court five where Mike and Brad were also looking to score well and guide the team to victory. They looked back to their best and displaying the form that saw both men help Wetherby men’s Leeds first team to title success in Leeds Division five recently they stated to dominate. The visitors had no answer to the great teamwork the Triffitts displayed but were certainly not throwing in the towel. Will and Theuns refused to buckle but ultimately couldn’t prevent a 10-2 home victory that enabled the hosts to take this match 27-21.
A great evening of tennis played in a lovely spirit which left both teams happy. For Wetherby they could take the bragging rights and the free drinks on offer in the pub afterwards whilst for Tadcaster this was a useful encounter and showed they have enough quality to compete in league tennis.
Well played Mike and Bradley Triffitt along with Tony Cutler and Tom Harrington who helped Wetherby to a narrow victory tonight.
Thanks to Lindsay Edgar, Will Woodrow, Theuns Liebenberg and Clint Cockcroft who proved tough opposition indeed.