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Herefordshire and Worcestershire League Match Reports
Winter 2019/20

Please find below some of the latest match reports that have been sent in. We are aiming to keep this page updated as much as possible.

If you do have a report please send to news@handwtennis.co.uk

Goodrich Ladies 'B'ashers

On Sunday, 13th October, Goodrich 'B'ashers got off to a flying start at Worcester in Division 4 of the H & W Winter League as both pairs, Kim Martin playing with Carolyn Riddell, and Jill Brown teaming up with Kirsten Mathews, took the first sets, but then got pegged back losing the next two sets to go down in both rubbers.

Determined not to let that happen again, both of the Goodrich pairs once again got off to a fine start taking the opening sets and this time rather than taking their foot off the pedals, they pressed on and wrapped up the second rounds in two straight sets, thus securing a fine winning draw and six points against a strong Worcester 'D' team.

A great start to the Winter campaign.  The 'B'ashers next match will be on Sunday, 17th November, when they will play host to M.C.S. 'A' ladies. 

Goodrich Ladie B

Bromsgrove Tennis Club - Ladies D

The first match of the winter season was played at home against Kidderminster and inspite of recent inclement weather, matches were played in good conditions . 

The Bromsgrove players got off to a flying start with the formidable duo of Claire Hancock and Di Horton (who were making their debut into the D team) gaining a clear victory over their opponents, winning 6 - 1, 6 - 2. Building on this successful start they then won their second match 6 - 2. 6 - 2.

The other Bromsgrove pairing of Claudia Bullock and Bella Bracknell were also in excellent form winning their first match 6 - 1. 6 - 2, following this up with a decisive 6 - 1, 6 -0 victory.

This was a great start for Bromsgrove, giving them a valuable 10 points.

Bromsgrove Tennis Club - Ladies A

On 13th October  Bromsgrove Ladies A team played Leominster A. This was another 4-0 win, which is an excellent start to the winter league.

The established pairing of Sally Franks and Tina Manning (together again after Tina’s injury in the Summer) won their first match against J Hilditch and S Snell 6 - 3, 6 - 1. They went on to win their second match against E Bowen and L Cain 6 - 4, 6 - 1.

The team welcomed back Lucy Simper who has recently been working away. Lucy partnered Katherine Smedley and they had an easy win (6 - 2, 6 - 2) against Bowen and Cain. Their second match against Hilditch and Snell was completed in two sets, 6 - 1, 6 - 0.

Although early in the season, Bromsgrove Ladies A team is proving to be a formidable force.

Bromsgrove Ladies A

Photo (L-R) - Katherine Smedley, Tina Manning, Sally Franks, Lucy Simper 

Bromsgrove Tennis Club - Ladies A

On Sunday 6th October Bromsgrove Ladies A team played against Stourbridge A team in a division 1 match.

This was the first match of the season and Bromsgrove got off to a flying start with a fantastic 4-0 win over a strong Stourbridge side. Rachael Mack and Katherine Smedley won their first match against Skym and Doyle 6 - 4, 7 - 5

This was followed by a convincing 6 -2, 6 -1 win by Sally Franks and her partner Tina Manning.Tina was back after 6 months out injured so team captain Sally was delighted to have her usual doubles partner back on the scene and in excellent form.

Rachael and Katherine followed up their first match win with a victory over Stourbridge’s Hill and Jones 6 - 4, 6 -2 playing well against strong Stourbridge duo. Sally and Tina completed the clean sweep with a 6 -0, 6 - 3 against Skym and Doyle.

Top of the league after 1st match! Bromsgrove play Leominster next Sunday.

Bromsgrove Tennis Club - Ladies E and F

Sunday saw the home derby between Bromsgrove E ( A) and Bromsgrove F ( H ) in terribly unpredictable and windy and wet conditions; not really tennis weather. 

The pairing of Sue Corfield and Jane Corbett  was pitted against Carol Cornelissen and Alison Douglas. After a very lack lustre start from the Home team losing 6-0 , Sue and Jane came back with a bang in the second to win 6-3. the new tie break ruling meant that the third set went to a Championship tie break which Jane C and Sue C lost 10-2. 

The first pair of Claire Carter and Bella Bracknell had a very tight match against the away pairing of Nicky Calthorpe and Ros Cooke winning 7-5,7-6 but the wind was very trying on the top tarmac court. 

The second runner was affected even more by the wind and Sue Corfield and Jane Corbett after a valiant fight in the first set ( a tight loss of 4-6 to the opposition) then lost the wind plot completely and lost 6-0. Alison and Carol then lost to Bella and Claire 0-6, 7-6 , 7-6 . 

In the end it was a tight winning draw to the Bromsgrove away team. Great effort all round in difficult conditions.

Bromsgrove Tennis Club - Men's F

The F team won this by three matches to one, and so got their season off to a flying start. However, the overall results mask the fact that some of the matches were very close. Dave Nichols and Andrew Heap were 5 - 1 up in their tie break against Rich Hope and Brian Barton, but they were pipped to the post, with the F team winning 6 - 1, 2 - 6, 7 - 6.

Alan Colley and Brian Taylor were successful in their first match against Martin German and Craig Horton, winning 6 - 4, 2 - 6, 6 - 1. Their second match against  Nichols and Heap was completed in two sets, the score being 6 - 2, 6 - 3.

Martin German and  Craig Horton brought some pride to the G team, winning their second match ion two sets 6 - 3, 6 - 3.

Play was intermittent due to very heavy rain.

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