TENNIS: County A on course for John Henry Town League title glory

Cobblers chairman Kelvin Thomas presented Northampton tennis player and Town fan Alex Ward with a Cobblers shirt

Cobblers chairman Kelvin Thomas presented Northampton tennis player and Town fan Alex Ward with a Cobblers shirt

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County A look on course to land the John Henry League men’s title after a 6-2 victory over their most significant pursuers, Dallington A, last Friday night.

Barry Wilson’s side, who next up visit Duston United A on Monday night, were indebted to the pairing of Ben Foster and Henry Masters who clinched all four sets.

Foster/Masters were 7-6, 6-2 victors against Steve Guy/Dan Pawlusek while also accounting for Alex Ballinger/Joel Wood by a 6-2, 6-2 score line. County’s other pair of Wilson and Dave Garrett beat Ballinger/Wood 6-2, 6-0 but lost out 4-6, 2-6 against Guy/Pawlusek. Dallington A are scheduled to next meet County B at 4pm on Saturday.

Champions Corby Tennis Centre A appear resigned to finishing off the pace, a theory re-enforced by the fact they only came away from near neighbours Kettering A with a 5-3 success last Friday.

The Corby pair of Jordan Parker and Kyle Rae managed to eke out four sets but Wayne Tideswell and Graeme Milligan scored a 6-0, 6-4 win against Jovan Kangrga/Matthew Evans. Meanwhile, Corby TC B’s Scott Wetherell/Jamie Wetherell grabbed all four sets as Northampton A were beaten 5-3.

In Men’s Division Two, Collingtree A have a more secure handle on second spot after an 8-0 rout of Dallington C with the pairings of Phil Johnson/James Isaksen and Daimon Oliver/Isaac Ferdinand-Pemberton taking full advantage.

Corby TC C returned to the top of Division Three on Monday night with a 7-1 win at home to Dallington F, Luka Gagrica/Joe Read posting four set wins while Paul White/Dave Johnson chipped in with three. The consolation came from the Dallington pair of Hoard Wallington and Wayne Smith who halved 2-6, 7-6 againstWhite/Johnson.

County E have reeled off six wins out of six in Division Four, their quartet of Peter Moss/Lee Philips and Nigel Trory/John Sanders putting paid to Crick & West Haddon B 8-0 last Friday.

However, Towcestrians A are still in the hunt and leapfrogged Earls Barton A on Monday night after scoring a 7-1 win at Greens Norton Road, John Beeson and Callum Jones notching four sets while Sam Conrich and Max Taylor- Smith took three.

In the ladies divisions, County A still have a 100 per cent sets record following their 8-0 whitewash of Duston United A with the home line-up of Suzann Clarke/Catherine Thompson and Kate Clayson/Lauren Phillips doing what seems to come naturally.

NORTHAMPTON’S Alex Ward walked away from this year’s Wimbledon tournament with his head held high after bowing out in the first round of the men’s doubles with his partner Brydan Klein at the weekend.

Ward, who had lost to Belgian David Goffin in the singles, the first appearance of a Northamptonshire player at this level since 1966, had to be patient as the doubles contest was initially scheduled for Wednesday, only for rain to set it back. Ward and Klein went down 6-4, 7-5 against Pablo Cuevas (Uruguay) and Marcel Granollers (Spain), the 15 th seeds.

Keen Cobblers fan Ward is clearly looking forward to the new season and this week tweeted of his delight at being pictured with club chairman Kelvin Thomas while being presented with a copy of the club’s new away kit!