SCSC chal­lenge to Dal­beat­tie for the mixed league ti­tle

The Galloway News - - SPORT -

Round seven of the Dum­fries and Gal­loway Mixed Dou­bles Leagues were played on Au­gust 29, in a sea­son where rain has post­poned many matches.

In Di­vi­sion 1, SCSC (Cas­tle Dou­glas) were away to Kirkcud­bright A team, with the Cas­tle Dou­glas team hav­ing won their first three league matches.

The Cas­tle Dou­glas team was Colin Kennedy, Bruce Todd, Su­san Nu­gent and Lind­say Kennedy (in for the in­jured Charlotte Car­son). Kirkcud­bright were at full strength with Iain Cain, Lee An­der­son, Jane Hainey and Jill John­ston.

In round one ties, Colin and Su­san took on Iain and Jane in a high qual­ity game. It was neck and neck to start with as the home team de­fended well but strong fore­hands and very solid vol­ley­ing saw the vis­i­tors take charge as they won 6-1, 6-3.

On court two, Bruce and Lind­say also had a good game with lots of lengthy ral­lies and some pow­er­ful ground strokes saw the vis­i­tors take con­trol and tri­umph 6-3, 6-3.

In round two ties, Bruce and Su­san proved too strong for Lee and Jane and they won in straight sets 6-3, 6-3 but play on the other court went on much much later !

In the “match of the day” Colin and Lind­say took on Iain and Jill. In set one, Iain and Jill broke serve first to take the open­ing set 6-4 be­fore the hus­band and wife duo, re-grouped to level the match with a 6-2 sec­ond set win.

In the de­cider, with light fad­ing very fast it was the more at­tack­ing play from the vis­i­tors that proved de­ci­sive as Colin and Lind­say took the cham­pi­onship tie break by 10 points to 5.

This 4-0 win sees SCSC (Cas­tle Dou­glas) with eight points from four matches, equal top with league ti­tle hold­ers Dal­beat­tie A who also haven’t dropped a point.

This week sees SCSC with two home matches, first against a strong Dum­fries A team and then against the ti­tle hold­ers from Dal­beat­tie. These matches will test their cre­den­tials to­wards chal­leng­ing Dal­beat­tie A this year.

In Di­vi­sion 2, the Dal­beat­tie B team are top of the ta­ble and look­ing good for pro­mo­tion, whilst Dum­fries B and Kirkcud­bright are in a real tus­sle to see who gets rel­e­gated from the top flight.

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