Grafton defeat Wigmore 6-3…
Felicity Sampson and Kath Bower got the hosts off to a good start.
Felicity won the women’s singles, 6-1 6-1, proving too strong for Telford’s Charlene Hussey, while Kath earned a confidence-boosting win outlasting Anne Boucnik 6-4 6-2 in the Ladies Vets.
The two key rubbers followed on court.
In the men’s singles Grafton’s Mike Young seemed to be in control at 6-3 and ahead in the second set, but then Pete Keeling fought back to level 7-6. Mike regained focus to get over the line 10-8 in the match tiebreak.
Alongside, the boys Ollie Cumming (G) and Seb Fallowfield (W) battled out another epic, Ollie emerging victorious 2-6 7-6 6-2
Wigmore clawed back a rubber thanks to their girl Phoebe Dennis halting Nail Mohamed’s Millennium Cup run with a 6-2 6-1 win, which required a scorer in the latter stages.
Grafton Captain Murray Sutton was unable to celebrate his return to the men’s vets (Legends?) duties, falling to the power of Zyggie Szadujko, 6-3 6-3, literally, after one epic rally, falling to his knees!
This put Grafton up 4-2.
Grafton’s Eddie Tomlinson and Alex Hamlin are a well-honed men’s doubles combo and it showed as they won the tie for the hosts allowing Julian Stubbs and Matt Kiziltan only two games.
Rachel Codd and Monica Parrott added a point getting past stalwarts Alexandra McAdam-Clarke and Sharon Goulds 6-4 6-0 after a tight first set in the women’s doubles.
The mixed doubles was very close: Pete Keeling dredged his energy reserves after his singles to help Annette Barett win a valuable point at the expense of Wigmore’s untried pair of Mike Bright and Mary Prickett 2-6 6-4 [10-9].
This put Grafton in the clubhouse on 22 points, closely observing the remaining results.
Report by Murray Sutton, Grafton Captain
Grafton defeated Wigmore 6-3
(Grafton’s names first)
Women’s Singles: Felicity Sampson d Charlene Hussey 6-1 6-1; Men’s Singles: Mike Young d Pete Keeling 6-3 6-7 [10-8]; Women’s Over 40 Singles: Kath Bower d Anne Boucnik 6-4 6-2; Men’s Over 45 Singles: Murray Sutton lost to Zyggie Szadujko 6-3 6-3; Girls Under 16 Singles: Naela Mohamed lost to Phoebe Dennis 6-2 6-1; Boys Under 16 Singles: Ollie Cumming d Seb Fallowfield 2-6 7-6 6-2; Women’s Doubles: Rachel Codd & Monica Parrott d Alexandra McAdam-Clarke & Sharon Goulds 6-4 6-0; Men’s Doubles: Eddie Tomlinson & Alex Hamlin d Julian Stubbs & Matt Kiziltan 6-1 6-1; Mixed Doubles: Mike Bright & Mary Prickett lost to Pete Keeling & Annette Barrett 2-6 6-4 [10-9].