15th Dec, 2017

Bromsgrove Ladies E still in with a shout of promotion after victory over Manor Park

Craig Gibbons 10th Aug, 2017

BROMSGROVE Ladies E are still in the hunt for promotion from Herefordshire and Worcestershire Summer League Division Seven East following their win over Manor Park.

Sue Corfield combined with Claudia Bullock pulled off two great two-set wins against Park’s first and second pairs.

Claire Hancock with Di Horton showed their continuing improvement winning their opening rubber, but then just going down in a tense three-set battle on a tie break in the final set.

New pairing of Clare Andrews with Sue Murray found it tough going and could not overcome their opponents.

With the match tied at 3-3 in rubbers, the extra set won by Hancock and Horton proved decisive and gave Bromsgrove the win.

The victory means Manor Park have dropped out of the battle for promotion paving the way for Bromsgrove D to go up if remaining results go their way.

Hancock said: “If we had hit this form earlier on it would have been a better season for us.

“Still, helping the D team in their promotion push is a bonus for the club.”

The Men’s D lost 4-2 to Manor Park D in Division Five East.

With holidays taking their toll on player availability, Stuart Shannon turned out just three hours after landing back from his holiday in the United States while Cameron Owen stepped up from the G team.

The first round was played in heavy rain before switching to the indoor courts.

The Bromsgrove pairing of Matt Smith with Trevor Errington had two hard fought two-set wins.

However, the other pairs of Shannon with George Rogers and Dave Brace with Owen were just edged out in some tight games as Bromsgrove succumbed to defeat.

After the match captain Errington said: “Stuart and Cameron did really well in such a tight match.

“Unfortunately I think the jet lag got to Stuart as he looked shattered at the end but gave his all.”

Elsewhere, the Men’s F were narrowly beaten by Fladbury in Division Nine East.

Mark Wilson with Paul Douglas were the heroes, winning both the rubbers against strong opposition.

Rob Kindon with Charlie Tait opened with a strong two-set win but could not keep the form going in their next rubber.

Josh Baldwick paired up with debutant Martin Higgins and despite pushing the opposition all the way, they went down in both rubbers.

The final score was 3-3 but Fladbury took the bonus win points 8-6 on sets.

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