Hectic week at Cromer Tennis Club
The Cromer team of Richard Keeble, Tom Fisher and Rhodri and Alex Oliver took on a strong Norfolk Academy team and lost 5-3.
The match was played in ideal tennis conditions on the beautiful grass courts at Cromer. In the singles matches Keeble played Alex McNaught and won 6-1 6-1 while Fisher lost to Adam Liszua in a tight match, 3-6 6-3 4-10. The Oliver brothers had mixed fortunes against two strong players. Rhodri went down 4-6 6-3 10-12 and Alex lost 1-6 2-6. In the doubles, Keeble and Fisher won against Liszua and Bradley-Watson 7-6 6-4 while the Olivers won 6-1 7-5.
With everything to play for, the match was decided by two reverse singles championship tie-breaks. Alex Oliver lost to Bradley-Watson 7-10 and Fisher lost 7-10 to Liszua.
Other matches played on the same afternoon were two City League matches. Cromer C played Wymondham in a very close match. Andrew Buck and Ross Murray won their first match 14-2 and lost their reverse match 7-9. Jim Pallister and Alex Merrick lost their first match 7-9 but won their reverse match 10-6.
On two other courts the Cromer E team took on East Anglia C. Alison Woodrow and Tessa Turner won their first match 10-6 but lost the reverse match 7-9.
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Jean Spruce and Maggie Tranter lost their first match 7-9 and won their reverse match 10.6. This gave East Anglia C the win by 35-29.
Cromer A men's team played Thorpe. The Cromer team of Gareth Goldson, Tom Fisher and the Oliver brothers took on strong opponents. Gareth Goldson and Tom Fisher won their first match 9-7 while the Oliver brothers lost theirs 7-9. In the reverse matches, Goldson and Fisher won 13-3 and the Olivers won 10-6. This gave an overall win to Cromer A 39-25.
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Cromer D ladies travelled to Easton tennis centre to play a strong Easton team. Captain Alison Cushing partnered Di Hale, while Kate Crook partnered Tessa Turner, borrowed from the E team for the match. Easton played some strong younger players and Cromer team lost overall 39-25.
In the North Norfolk League, Cromer Baseliners played Aylsham. The baseliners' James Broughton and Matthew Jordan won their doubles 7-6 6-3 against the strong pair of Terry Deller and Chris Gates. Chris Clark and Chrissie Erickson overcame an equally strong pairing of Hilary Dimond and Sally Humphrey-Davies 6-4 7-6.
In the Mixed Doubles, Broughton and Clark won 6-3 6-0, whilst Jordan and Erickson won 6-0 7-5 for an 8-0 overall victory.
In the Veterans' League, Cromer B took on Cringleford. Jim Bradley and Paul Everden won their doubles 6.2 6.4 while Alison Cushing and Roma Lawrence drew their match 6-1 4-6.
In the Mixed, Bradley and Lawrence went down 1-6 1-6 and Everden and Cushing played some very strong tennis to gain a 7-6 (7-4), 7-5 win. This gave the Cromer the overall win 5-3.
In the Inter-Village Games, three teams took to the hard courts at Cromer Tennis Club. Sheringham, Colby and Banningham and Neatishead fielded the players for their villages. Sheringham's Hayley Cawthorn and Rhodri Oliver won against both the other teams, giving them the win for the largest village. Colby and Banningham's Jill Snow and Kevin Eke beat the Neatishead pairing of Janette Kirkup and Brian Wigglesworth to gain the win for the smallest village.