News from Congleton Lawn Tennis Club

On the final Tuesday of the South and Mid Cheshire League for 2018, Men’s A and B teams suffered contrasting fates.
Men’s A went into the final fixture at home to Nantwich Farmers top of Division One, knowing that they only had to match the result of remaining challengers Nantwich A to claim the title.
However Farmers sent a stronger than usual team and earned a 4-4 draw against the Congleton side, meaning the team were left sweating on the result of the Nantwich A v Hartford C fixture.
Word came through that Nantwich had won their match 8-0 and as a result pipped Men’s A to the title on set difference — a disappointing end to an otherwise impressive season.
This victory by Nantwich ensured first division survival for Men’s B, who put up a fighting performance in going down 3-5 to Hartford A and therefore staying up on set difference. Hartford C and Hartford D were the teams relegated, having already won the division three title Men’s C finished their season with a 7.5-0.5 win at Audlem.
Men’s D started their home match against Cuddington C in a three-way battle for the title and promotion with their opponents and Holmes Chapel B.
Cuddington C spoilt the party somewhat with a 5-3 victory, but the three sets were just enough for the D team to clinch the second place from their opponents on set difference. This allowed Holmes Chapel B to clinch the Division Four title with a win in their match. The D team finished second.
Men’s E team finished their season with a narrow defeat at Acton Bridge as did the F team at home to Nantwich E. Men’s G completed their first season with a seventh place finish in Division Five.
None of the ladies teams had anything to play for in the final week, but the B team had a convincing victory over Holmes Chapel B while the E team had a 1.5-6.5 defeat to promoted Goostrey but reported an enjoyable first season in competitive tennis.
Mixed B’s match against Nantwich C was postponed due to heavy rain on Sunday morning and their attempt to secure the Division Two crown will need to be rearranged.
Mayor’s tournament
The competitors in the 2018 Town Mayor’s Tournament on Saturday were glad that the summer heatwave had died down for the latest American Tournament but instead they had to compete with windy conditions as they vied for the trophy.
Congleton Town Mayor Coun Suzie Akers Smith was in attendance to watch the proceedings and enjoy strawberries and cream.
The leading men and women players who reached the final after the round robin event were Matt Parker, Nick Wilkins, Eileen Grigg and Beth Sladin.
Parker and Sladin came from behind to beat Wilkins and Grigg in the final.
Event organiser Andrew Giltrap presented the mayor with the proceeds of the event, which will go towards her chosen charities.
Saturday sees the club’s annual open day with free tennis on offer to all. It is open from 1pm to 5pm — so go down and give the game a try.

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