Mixed doubles championships held at Woodland

PUBLISHED: 10:10 29 September 2017

Woodland Tennis Club.

Woodland Tennis Club.

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Woodland Tennis Club held their annual mixed doubles championships, played as a round-robin competition.

Postponed several times because of bad weather, the final event of the annual Woodland championships, the mixed doubles, was eventually played as a round-robin competition.

After the draw for partners, six pairs played five matches (eight games) against each other to produce the most remarkable and exciting of finishes.

With two matches each remaining and five of the six pairs separated by the merest of margins, it had seemed that Nick Evans and Linda Dixon had established an unassailable lead to guarantee them the title.

Suddenly, however, with little previously to suggest any other outcome, Jeremy Lambart and Elaine Edwards hinted a possible transformation of fortunes by impressively holding Nick and Linda, previously unbeaten, to a 4-4 draw.

Meanwhile, Chris Bond and Lucy Johannsen were simultaneously reinforcing expectations by defeating Mark Davies and Zoe Briffitt 7-1 to set up a final encounter which would require Nick and Linda with 22 games, only a draw to win the title.

However, in a tense, exciting and fiercely contested match of fluctuating fortunes, Chris and Lucy held their nerve to ease through 5-3 to level their overall games total at 25 each to be awarded the title based on the result against each other.

The trophy was presented to the winners by the chairman who thanked all present for responding positively to a request to make a contribution to the catering arrangements while a cake, presented by Zoe on behalf of the club to Jenny Purcell to mark her birthday, proved to be the prelude to further celebration to conclude what had been an enjoyable tournament.

For more information on Woodland Tennis Club, please contact membership secretary Jenny Purcell on 01934 415009 or email jenny@thegreenenvelope.co.uk

For junior enquiries, please contact junior co-ordinator Annie Buckingham at annieb@woodlandtennisclub

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