Nailsea narrowly miss out
PUBLISHED: 14:31 15 June 2011
Nailsea Tennis club narrowly miss out on team tennis regional play-offs.
NAILSEA Tennis Club competed in the County Division of AEGON team tennis, a singles and doubles league which this year had six clubs from across the Avon region.
Nailsea were able to combine a mix of youth and experience in this competition with senior team debuts for Noah Pring and Alex Manton, who played alongside first team regulars Matt Rogers, James Wescott, Max Meredith and Kevin Emery.
The campaign started in April at Lansdown Tennis Club in Bath, Nailsea picked up three of the four singles rubbers plus both doubles to run out convincing winners.
This win was then backed up by a dramatic tie-break shoot-out victory against David Lloyd Westbury, with rubbers tied at 3-3 Nailsea won one of the singles plus the crucial deciding doubles tie-break to take the points.
A clean sweep of all the rubbers in the home match against Thornbury was then followed by a trip to the fellow unbeaten team of Bristol Lawn Tennis Club, which looked as though it would decide who progressed to the regional play-offs.
After the initial singles rubbers the match was level at 2-2 with excellent third set victories for Emery and Pring. These two were then defeated in their doubles edging Bristol in-front.
Rogers and Wescott battled back from a set down to take their doubles to a third set championship tie-break knowing a victory would lead to tie-break shoot-outs. However, a combination of good Bristol play and good luck from net-cords, which had dogged the Nailsea pair throughout the match, meant the rubber and the match went in Bristol’s favour.
The final match of the season was home versus Cleeve Hill, a win for Nailsea would maintain a slim hope of topping the division. This match was notable for the high winds which made play almost impossible, Nailsea managed to make light of the conditions to win 4-2.
Unfortunately for Nailsea, Bristol were able to beat Thornbury, which meant Nailsea narrowly missed out on top spot, finishing a highly creditable second, and will try their luck again next year!
Nailsea Tennis Club also runs senior, veteran and junior teams in the local counties winter and summer leagues and welcomes players of all standards.
To find out more about the club, see their website - www.nailseatennis.com
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