The teams were on weather watch most of the day and despite light drizzle we had enough dry conditions to play the mixed third team in house friendly this evening. Tony Cutler captained the Tigers who hosted Bradley Triffitt’s Super Six outfit. A couple of late changes saw Dawn and Ollie Steel called up with Lara Fawcett absent and Mike Triffitt relegated back to his super sub role on the bench!
Dawn joined Tony in a strong looking seed one duo and they entertained Bradley Triffitt and Judith Crossley. It was the Super six pair who took the opening two games but the hosts fought back to lead 4-2 and 6-3. Dawn was her usual pillar of consistency and with Tony crafty around the net and finding some nice angles, they look poised to take the rubber. However youngster Brad stepped on the gas and with Judith an excellent foil and also finding some wonderful angled returns, they salvaged a 6-6 draw after a thrilling encounter.
Tom Harrington and Ann Lillywhite were at seed two and they took on another junior in Ollie Steel who was joined by the lively Clair Carvis. Claire was in sparkling form last week and she and Ollie soon got into stride and built up a useful partnership here. Ollie was serving extremely well and with Claire returning well the Tigers were having to dig deep. Anne hit some lovely groundstrokes whilst Tom covered the court well but despite a brave effort it was the Super Six who recorded a 3-9 victory.
Arun Manoharan and Marise Richfield teamed up for their debut together and faced the experienced pair of David Rhodes and Ann Jones. The hosts stormed out of the blocks to move 4-1 ahead but this looked to be a tight affair and Ann and David batted back superbly. Arun was hitting extremely well and producing some great winners and with Marise’s consistency they had looked set for success. However David and Ann both have nerves of steel and in a thrilling finish sneaked a 5-7 victory which left Super Six ahead 14-22.
Tony and Dawn moved down to court three and knew they must secure a big score to reduce the arears and they didn’t disappoint. They were ultra-consistent as they kept rallies going and played error free tennis. David and Ann gave everything but couldn’t move their younger opponents around enough and were on the wrong end of a 10-2 score line.
Tom and Anne were on the show court and were left dazzled by the electric start Brad and Judith made. They were clinical racing into a 6-0 early lead. But this was a game of two halves and suddenly Anne was finding her line and length and Tom skating around the wet court like Bambi on ice, they mounted a comeback. The super six held their nerve to record a close 7-5 success.
Arun and Marise were involved in some tremendous action on court two as they took on Ollie and Clair. Some incredible court coverage meant many long and exciting rallies with both pairs producing moments of brilliance. It was the Super six duo who just carried the more weaponry and ran out 4-8 winners which left them leading 33-39.
The match of the evening looked set for court two as Tony and Dawn took on Ollie and Clair and it certainly proved that way. This really was a thriller with plenty of eye catching tennis and little between the pairs. It was hard to find a winner and a draw would have been fair but eventually the Tigers took the honours 7-5 to narrow the gap overall. However on court one Brad and Judith were beginning to click and showing no mercy started to role out the big guns and kick for home. Brad was hitting some lovely winners and with Judith not giving an inch they were in supreme form. Credit Arun and Marise who continued to fight all the way but a 2-10 victory was enough to bring home the bacon. It was left to Tom and Anne to round of another good evening as they managed to defeat David and Ann 8-4 in another exciting rubber which left the Super six narrow winners 50-58.
A big thanks to Dawn and Ollie Steel for saving the day by playing at very short notice and once more we introduced further new partnerships making for some interesting tennis.