The recent spate of in house friendlies continued at the club this evening with a clash between the mixed first teams in the York and Harrogate league.
Jeremy Reddish paired up with Yvonne Mannall at top seed for the York league and they faced Harrogate league duo Adam Turner and Lucy Wright. This looked difficult to predict from the start and no surprise we witnessed a close and intriguing rubber. Yvonne was still on a high after her ladies doubles success earlier in the day and was seeking revenge for a defeat against Adam and Lucy in the recent mixed doubles semi-final. She was in good form and spraying plenty of hard returns about whilst Reddish has one of the sweetest back hands at the club and was happy to rely on his favourite weapon. There are not many that serve faster than Adam and he was racking up the points via this method whilst Lucy won’t be beaten for enthusiasm or determination. Finally it was York who narrowly prevailed 7-5 after a thriller.
Steve Jones has been a recent regular down at the club playing in various matches and he teamed up with Rachel Hill who was also celebrating a ladies doubles crown today. This duo entertained Andy Roberts and Sue Perkins. Andy has been at the club a year and has made a great contribution for many teams and involved himself at many social events on court. Sue was in good form last week for Harrogate against York 2 but the pair knew they would face a tough ask here. Andy is a powerful and aggressive player and with Sue happy to hit hard this proved a clash of styles with Steve using his customary craft and guile to slow the pace and find some lovely angled winners. Rachel was strong at the net and busy around the court and they were proving very consistent and playing error free tennis. York held the advantage and took the honours 8-4.
Men’s first team captain Richard Whaley was joined by Jo Coverdale at seed three as they faced Harrogate captain Helen Robinson and her reliable and regular partner Marc Bickers. Helen and Marc are often seen on court and have developed a great understanding and they used this to good effect this evening. Richard has electric court speed and coverage and Jo has solid consistency and this was developing into a fascinating battle. Helens backhand is a key element of her game and with Marc all action this ended all square at 6-6 leaving York ahead 21-15
Round two saw Jeremy and Yvonne build on their opening performance by moving through the gears as they proved too handy for the battling Marc and Helen. With efficiency they recorded an impressive 10-2 success. Steve and Rachel enjoyed themselves against Adam and Lucy in a contest that would remain close throughout. No quarter given and a 6-6 draw a nice reflection of events. Richard and Jo found the going tough against Andy and Sue who certainly came on a bundle from their opening debut tougher as they were very impressive taking a 4-8 victory. Andy and Richard are due to meet again in the men’s doubles final and Roberts will have been pleased with his performance ahead of that big match.
York were now puling clear and leading 41-31 so it would take huge effort for Harrogate to pull of the surprise in round three. Richard and Jo saved their best performance of the evening as they faced Adam and Lucy. This clash saw men’s doubles finalists Adam and Richard on opposite sides of the net but the duo enjoyed their clash testing each other well. Little to choose between the quartet before the hosts took the tie 7-5. Steve and Rachel were also in eye catching form as they too finished the night strongly as they produced a tremendous performance to see off Marc and Helen 9-3 whilst Jeremy and Yvonne completed another good nights work as they took their match against Andy and Sue 8-4 to record 25 points in total.
A final score line of 65-43 to York but an entertaining affair with plenty of positives and once again highlighting the strength in depth the club now has at the higher end of the scale . Well done to all who contributed thanks.