Tennis club ladies earn two vital victories

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The Lincolnshire Slazenger Doubles League is gaining momentum.

Boston Ladies have had two good wins and the current champions are keen to retain the title.

The Ladies played St James, from Grimsby, first off and in a very close match and won the deciding rubber 5-4.

Fending off the challenge from the north of the county were Danielle Frankish, Lucy Hull, Emily Hawkesworth, Charlotte Priestley, Rachel Atkinson and Rachel Gedney.

The Ladies’ First team then overcame Louth with a 6-3 result. The team was Emily Hawkesworth, Charlotte Priestley, Ashleigh Frankish, Linda Barrow, Rachel Atkinson and Rachel Gedney.

The Boston Tennis Club Ladies second team played Louth seconds in division two of the Lincolnshire Slazenger Doubles League in an away match and won convincingly 9-0.

The team was Jenny McGarel, Rachel Atkinson, Sue Burnett, Linda Barrow, Claire Smith and Mary Smura.

The Boston Tennis Club Men’s Second team, also competing in Division Two of the league, played at home against Bourne and won comfortably 7-2.

The team had Simon Bush, Geoff Short, Alex Cobb, Gary Fitzjohn, James Newton and Owen Jary out performing well.

In the third division, Boston Men’s Third team beat Eastgate’s Third team without the loss of a rubber.

Playing for Boston were Chris Cook, Michael Niedermeier, Andy Clamp, Richard Hart, Ryan Frankish and Connal Newton.

Also in the same division, Boston Men’s Fifth had to play Boston Men’s Sixth.

Out for the Fifths were David Makins, William Cutforth, Michael Audus, Connal Newton, Richard Tupper and James Waterfall.

The Sixths had Robert Smith, Bill Burnett, Robert Bonser, David Dunlop, Toby McDonnell-Woods and Richard Woods playing.

In a tense match the score was 1-2 to the Sixth team after the first round was completed, before the Fifths drew level at 3-3.

But with the scores locked at 4-4, a Championship tie-break saw the Fifths win 5-4.

Henry Beesley has been on top form playing at a tournament in Ilkley last week.

Henry came through the qualifying event of the Aegon British Tour and reached the semi- finals of the main event before eventually bowing out of this high standard tournament.

In the tournament, running alongside the British Tour, the Ilkley Open, Henry won the 18 and under boys event and along with brother Dominic Beesley won the Men’s Doubles - a sweet victory in a third set tie-break against fellow Lincolnshire players Sean Hodkin and Andrew Ponder.