Bourne’s winning women end Grimsby’s unbeaten record

Bourne Ladies Team, Champions of the Slazenger Lincolnshire Senior League 2015, from left, Rachel Prentice, Helen Whitfield, Harriet May, Caroline Stimson and Liz Williams EMN-150807-141438001
Bourne Ladies Team, Champions of the Slazenger Lincolnshire Senior League 2015, from left, Rachel Prentice, Helen Whitfield, Harriet May, Caroline Stimson and Liz Williams EMN-150807-141438001

Following on from their success in the Slazenger Seniors Doubles League, Bourne Ladies first team opened their Slazenger Lincolnshire Division Two Doubles League matches with a win against previously undefeated Grimsby first team 6-3 at the Abbey Lawn on Saturday.

Harriet May and Rachel Prentice led the way with three outstanding wins, 6-3 6-1, 6-0 6-0 and 6-2 6-3 in their rubbers. Liz Williams and Caroline Stimson came through in two of their rubbers 6-1 6-2, 6-2 6-1, having lost to the Grimsby top pairing 3-6 1-6. Helen Whitfield and Katy Morris lost their opening rubber 1-6 0-6, but came back with a hard fought win in their second to secure a win in a 10-5 tie break third set after sharing the opening sets 6-4 4-6. Their third rubber ended in defeat, again after sharing the opening sets, 1-6 6-2, but this time losing the tie break 5-10.

Bourne Men in Division 2 of the Slazenger Lincolnshire Doubles League could not build on their opening match success and were defeated at Rushtons 7-2. Bourne fielded a team of youth and experience against their strong opponents. There were wins for Tom Cooke partnering Nathan Jones 6-4 6-2, and Will Palmer with Matthew Hassall 6-1 6-4, but further success eluded the team in the remaining seven rubbers. Cooke and Jones lost 0-6 1-6 and 4-6 2-6, Palmer and Hassall 3-6 3-6 and 2-6 0-6. Iain Ross and Edward Whitfield came close to winning one of their three rubbers, but lost on a third set tie break. Their other two rubbers ended in defeat 3-6 1-6 and 2-6 2-6.