Men’s team adapt to tricky conditions

Bridlington Men's B Team:  Howard Robinson, Vincent Robinson, Alex Bell, Jon Bell, Charlie Hanley, Richard Clark
Bridlington Men's B Team: Howard Robinson, Vincent Robinson, Alex Bell, Jon Bell, Charlie Hanley, Richard Clark

Bridlington’s Men’s B team defied the rain to see off Malton in Division Four of the Driffield Tennis League.

Substitute players Anthony Clarke and Joel Rollinson won all three sets and were the top couple, although Alex and Jonathan Bell also won all three sets.

Charlie Handley and Richard Clark won one set, narrowly losing the other two, to complete a 7-2 win as some good tennis was played in testing conditions,

The men’s C went down against much stronger opponents in Beeford B in Division Six. Debutant Lee Wilkinson picked up a set, playing with Paul Magson, and Roger Gray and Keith Kynman, who was making his first appearance of the season, won two sets.

Bridlington Mixed A continued their impressive start to the Division Two season, having won three consecutive matches against Pockington, Rudston and Driffield, with a comfortable 8-1 win against Nafferton.

Injury to Howard Robinson meant a match for Pete Nurse, playing with Pam MacFie and securing all three sets. Joel Rollinson and Keren Miller also achieved three sets with David Revell and Helen Owen winning two.

Mixed B won 5-4 against Middleton B in Division Three. Two sets each from from Anthony and Penny Clarke, and Delphine Kaye and John Ashton, meant Sue Wells and Richard Clark only needed one win to clinch the overall result.

Mixed C travelled to Driffield LTC, and despite their unfamiliarity with grass court play this season, proved to be consistently too strong for a Driffield side whosestrong and experienced players just could not convert their good play into games won.

All three Brid couples scored triples with top slot going to birthday girl Jill Crawford and her partner Jon Bell who only conceded one game over three matches. Carol Bickerdike stood in for captain Margaret Terry and assisted Dave Brown to their triple with only five games dropped.

Middleton B edged out Bridlington D in Mixed Division Six, even though the visitors had to give away three matches because they only had two pairs.

Anthony Clarke and Davina Allan won one set, but a tie-break defeat for Pearl Rogerson and Steve Greenwood proved crucial.

All the ladies’ matches were cancelled because of rain.