Winter League Reports and round up

Ladies Show The Way
Now at the half-way stage of this season but less than half the matches played due to rain, rain, rain.
Worst affected is the Oakham Ladies 1st team who have played only 2 but now find themselves sitting mid-way in div 3, after 2 outstanding wins.
Their latest outing produced a somewhat surprising result – 8-0 win against Carisbrooke, one of the biggest clubs in the Leics leagues.
In glorious sunshine for a change and an unusual change of partnership produced an excellent result.
Debbie Powell and Jane Gilmore worked well to beat the visitors 2nd pair 6-2: 6-3 then went on to defeat the 1sts by the same score. Steady play was the necessity which they produced.
Jackie Staines and Laura Reekie opened against the Carisbrooke 1sts and steadily kept pace with them, moving ahead after each service game. Their 7-5, 6-3 win was due to their determined efforts. They went on to beat the 2nds 6-1 : 6-4.
Result – 8-0. Points – 19 from 2 matches.
Ladies 2nds
Oakham went to Kibworth in drizzle which stopped to allow play. Jane Gilmore and Laura Reekie began well using their experience against a younger pair. The hosts 1st pair were more difficult to overcome, but again greater experience from Gilmore and Reekie paved the way for another win.
Muriel Smith and Anne Boyce played well from the start but were pressed for every point against a resolute 1st pair. They were forced to a tie-break which took time to win. Rallies were long and well fought but the Rutlanders played well together, to get a very important win.
They kept up the good work against the Kibworth 2nds, winning 6-4: 6-4 and came away having won all 4 sets.
Result – 8-0. Points – 23 Played 4.
Oakham Men
A race to the top for the Rutlanders who had to go to Hinckley who are also racing to the top. Sadly, Oakham were without 2 of their top players and found the home side young and eager and very capable.
Gordon Reekie and Peter Farrar found their opponents very agile as they returned difficult balls to all angles of the courts. Reekie and Farrar won the first set and were taken to a tie-break in the second which they lost.
Edmund Dry and Justin fowler also felt the pressure from the youngsters who were able to force errors after losing a set to the visitors.
Only 1 point separates the 2 teams after 5 matches played. With 2 ties still to be played – it’s all up for grabs to see who will be promoted.
Played 5, won 3, drawn 1, points – 37.

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