Last seasons Division 4 champions Wetherby look determined to prove that was no fluke as they aim to repeat the feat and gain promotion this term. The players were greeted with sun and warm temperatures this evening as they welcomed Ripon to Castlegarth.
With captain Richard Franks absent on holiday as was Louise Beasley , there was a debut for promising lady Laura Delafield and the experienced Nick Lumb was drafted in for a rare mixed doubles appearance. The duo teamed up at pair three and were soon enjoying themselves . They began with a narrow defeat against Jon Redhead and Colette Wilson ,who are an improving duo themselves, but once settled took a 6-6 draw with Mark Robson and former Boroughbridge star Chantal Lancaster, who was making a welcome return to Wetherby after been a regular for many years on the Winter League circuit. With confidence building the hosts secured a narrow 7-5 win over Ripon first pair Tim Swiers and Helen Bell which left them with an important 18 points on the board.
Jonathan Tyler passed a late fitness test to team up with regular partner Christina Plant and this duo always ensure Wetherby have a strong look. Jonny was showing no signs of injury as he played is usual fluent game and with strong serving and great battling Christina was looking in good shape. The duo managed two 8-4 victories but were held 6-6 by the Ripon top dogs but a useful 22 left the hosts feeling confident.
With Richard and Louise away, Fiona Chantrey and Bradley Triffitt joined forces and the duo were in sparkling form in their first HDTL appearance together. They had looked promising when teaming up in the Winter league and proved a model of consistency throughout the evening. Playing clever tennis, they opened with an eye catching 10-2 success against Tim and Helen and followed up with two 11-1 victories to close on an excellent 32 which gave Wetherby a solid 72-36 victory.
Special thanks to Nick for stepping in and delivering an amazing selection of sandwiches for the tea afterwards whilst Laura is a great recruit and continues to make huge strides both on and off the court with her super humour and never surrender attitude. Lady Fe proved more than able both on and off the court as she directed the troops in the kitchen and this was a very enjoyable evening . Quick mention for Trish Bell who popped down to watch with her daughter as did new member Janet Devlin who will be a big asset to the ladies’ teams.
Wetherby travel north on Monday to Bedale looking to continue their winning ways but will be wary of the hosts who can often prove stern opposition.
A great debut for Laura Delafield who helped the team to success this evening.
A healthy diet of apples is obviously the key to success although Brad can never resist a good old fashioned chocolate cake!