Se­niors pair win three hour bat­tle

Lennox Herald - - SPORT -

He­lens­burgh first ladies se­niors team trav­elled away toThorn Park and emerged with a 3-3 draw.

At first cou­ple Kar­rieWal­ters and Ann Mori­son were dis­ap­pointed to col­lect only one set but the sec­ond pair­ing of Gay Black andYolan­deTrewhella made up for it by col­lect­ing two sets in an ex­tremely tight, marathon match last­ing three hours and con­sist­ing of three tie-break sets.

At one set apiece there was ev­ery­thing to play for in the third set but Gay andYolande’s slightly more at­tack­ing play just en­abled them to keep their noses in front and col­lect it 13-11 in the tie-break.

The fol­low­ing week the team were away toWhite­craigs on their slow ar­ti­fi­cial clay courts. Kar­rie and Ann were in much stronger form than the pre­vi­ous week and ran out very con­vinc­ing win­ners in all three sets with the loss of only one game.

Yolande and Gay seem to be mak­ing a habit of long matches this sea­son and this one was no ex­cep­tion. The home pair quickly won the first set but, hav­ing got to grips with the slower pace of the balls, Gay andYolande won the sec­ond 6-4.

They then raced into a 3-0 lead in the de­cider, only to be pegged back by a de­ter­minedWhite­craigs pair who em­ployed the drop shot to great ef­fect and even­tu­ally wore down the vis­i­tors, win­ning the fi­nal set 7-5.

The He­lens­burgh side emerged as 4-2 win­ners over­all and travel away again toWestern next week for their fi­nal match.

The ladies third team trav­elled to Glas­gow’s west end to play Broomhill. Joanna Crum­less and Sue Macrae hardly put a foot wrong in the first set, win­ning it 6-1.

Broomhill came back to take the sec­ond set 2-6 but Joanna and Sue raised their game to take the third set 6-2. Janette Howieson and Ali­son Fother­ing­ham had a very tough match and clinched the open­ing set 7-5. Ev­ery game there­after went to deuce with Janette and Ali­son los­ing out both re­main­ing sets by the clos­est of mar­gins 4-6, 4-6.

The fi­nal score was a 3-3 draw.

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