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Youth and maturity combine well on court

Thursday, 7th June 2012.

With one player near 70 and another nearer 17 Haverhill Tennis Club Men's B team put up a fine effort in a match against Wickham Bishops, losing by four sets to five in the Halstead and District League Division Three.

The highlight and final play of the match, with the light fading fast, was the tie-break victory from 2-5 down by Ken Hurrell and his young partner Tom Marsh.

Tom's excellent style and stroke-play were accompanied by surprising maturity from such a young player, controlling the urge to attempt to blast winners every shot.

Ken had his fair share of success playing some sharp volleys and effective slices off both wings.

Captain Ian Terry and regular partner Stuart Read had a slow start against the same pair but could not regain the initiative, losing a very tight set, before coming back to form, with some of the best tennis of his season so far being played by Stuart, in a 6-0 victory in their next rubber.

Ian, as always, provided steady play from the back of the court and sharp reactions at the net.

In only his second league match Stuart Hamilton and partner Ray Goddard were unable to sustain enough rallies to win any of their sets.

With volleys coming off his racket from all parts of the court, Stuart showed that it's never too late to take on a new challenge, having only graduated from keep-fit 'short' tennis since retiring from work.

Ray played his usual brand of tennis, serving especially well,and relieving any tension there may have been with some typical good humour.
In the Halstead League Division One, Haverhill Men's A team beat Sudbury A 6-3 at home.

James Booth & Jake Warner won 6-3, 6-3, 6-3; Adam Fowle & Nigel Fitch lost 3-6, won 6-4, & 6-3; Robert Jeffs & Per Strid lost 6-7, 2-6, won 7-6.

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