Tanfield pair continue to set records

West Tanfield Tennis club winners. (S)
West Tanfield Tennis club winners. (S)

A PAIR of familiar faces were to the fore at West Tanfield Tennis Club championships.

Danny McCann claimed the men’s singles title for the fifth year in a row – a club record – while Judith Abel retained the women’s crown for a 13th successive season.

McCann proved too strong for Martin Laidler with a 6-2, 6-3 victory, while it was more straightforward for Abel who defeated first-time finalist Yvonne Benn 6-0, 6-0.

But Abel missed out in the final of the day in the women’s doubles.

Paired with Lesley Chadwick, Abel came up against Kath Halliday and Olivia Richwald.

Halliday and Richwald won the first set 7-5 and were two points from victory in a second set tie-break before Abel and Chadwick battled back to level the match.

They then went onto lead 4-1 in the final set before Halliday and Richwald turned things around and scrambled over the winning line 6-4.

It capped a good day in the doubles for Halliday who had earlier won the mixed doubles with Colin Bowes as they defeated Chadwick and Laidler 6-1, 6-3.

Laidler avoided a hat-trick of final defeats as he picked up the men’s doubles title alongside Mark Bainbridge.

They beat Bowes and Dave Clark 6-1, 6-4.

Jonathan Redhead got his name on a trophy at West Tanfield for the first time with a 7-6, 6-0 victory over Robin Mitchell in the men’s plate final.

Club secretary, Mitchell, praised the feats of McCann and Abel.

“Danny and Judith are outstanding players and they both deserve to retain their titles this year,” he said.

“But there was some excellent tennis in all the finals and they can expect some tough competition again next year if they want to keep their runs going.”

All the winners will be presented with their trophies at the club’s end-of-season dinner at West Tanfield Memorial Hall at 7pm Saturday, November 12.

The annual event will double as a fundraising evening for the club, which is trying to raise money to carry out major court resurfacing.

A three-course meal will be followed by an auction of promises, with a host of fantastic lots up for grabs.

The event is open to members and non-members and tickets cost £20.

For more details, call Barbara Greensit on (01765) 635318.