September 29th, 2016

Bromsgrove up after win in thrilling play-off final

Bromsgrove up after win in thrilling play-off final Bromsgrove up after win in thrilling play-off final
Updated: 11:42 am, Jul 25, 2015

BROMSGROVE Tennis Club will play in the National League after edging Cardiff in a thrilling play-off final.

With the scores tied at 3-3, Adam Dudek and Jaspal Saimbi held their nerve to claim victory and secure the Men’s A Team promotion.

Having won the Hereford and Worcester AEGON League and beaten Shropshire champions Wem, Bromsgrove looked in good form heading into the play-off final.

And they got off to a good start as Dudek and captain Matt Kirkham won both their singles comfortably. Cardiff then fought back with Saimbi and Ollie Stratford both going down in final set tie-breaks to make it 2-2.

The doubles round was even as again Dudek and Kirkham won but Saimbi and Stratford lost.

This meant a shoot out was needed to settle the match and Bromsgrove’s fighting spirit came to the fore as both Dudek and Saimbi won their contests

Kirkham said “It’s a great result for the club and team and means high quality tennis will be returning to Bromsgrove.

“The whole squad has performed well and when regular players have been unavailable substitutes such as Ollie have stepped in and performed well to ensure our run of success.”

The Men’s B and C Teams also secured narrow wins as their matches against Stourbridge D and Droitwich were separated by sets won on Sunday.

There were no such problems for the Men’s D Team as they trounced Boughton C 6-0 to maintain their promotion push in Division Seven.

All pairs played well but the performance of Bruce Turner with Max Feltham was outstanding as they only dropped one game in the match.

Meanwhile, the Ladies E Team came unstuck in their bid to take the Division Eight title as they lost 4-2 to David Lloyd Worcester C.

But they can still remain on course for promotion if they perform well in their last match.

Finally, the Mixed B Team swept aside Bewdley in difficult weather conditions. Boost by the return of Joan McGregor, who was paired with Trevor Errington, Bromsgrove proved too good for the hosts in the rain as John Dudek and Di Wilson won without dropping a set to clinch a 4-0 win.