Boston youngsters help Lincs win tennis title

The Lincs team with Richard Cook.
The Lincs team with Richard Cook.

BOSTON Tennis Club players have helped Lincolnshire claim an Inter-County title.

On Saturday, the Sleaford Road club hosted a section in the LTA’s National Inter-County under nine age group event.

The Lincolnshire team, managed by Boston coach Richard Cook, included Boston players Paris Royal, Millie Alexander and Matthew Gedney.

Playing against Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire, the Lincolnshire team won both matches 5-4.

In the final match against Leicestershire, both teams were playing to win the group – but it was Lincolnshire that was victorious in this match, again 5-4, making the home county the group winners.

The previous day, Boston Tennis Club held the popular annual NSPCC tournament.

There were 61 children taking part in the NSPCC junior doubles tournament raising £550.

Players not only from Boston Tennis Club but also from other clubs such as Woodhall and Horncastle enjoyed a full day of tennis with little or no disruption on account of the weather.

The competitors were divided by age in to three groups and partnered and played opposite as many different people as possible within their respective groups.

The running total of games won by individual players decides the group winners.

Group A winners were Joseph Parla and Louise Hart, with Sam Jones and Lorna Bowser winning Group B.

In a very close Group C there were tied places for both the boys and the girls with Alex Baker and Matthew Gedney winning the boys category and Sophie Burnett and Lucy Hull the girls.

Dominic Beesley, 16, has been achieving some excellent results to reach two age group finals.

Dominic has recently competed in the National Grade Two event at Winchester.

In the under 16 event, he won close matches in the quarter and semi-finals to reach the final where he lost to Piers Farhang from Dorset.

In the under 18 event, he was seeded seventh but played extremely well to reach the final playing players two years older than himself. Despite a brave effort he lost the final 6-4, 6-0.

The Boston Ladies’ Fifth team, in group 3B of the Lincolnshire Slazenger Doubles League, had their second match of the season, beating Skegness 9-0.

Jayne Walsh, Lyn Edwards, Denise Priestley, Rebecca Beardsley, Sophie Walsh and Charlotte Priestley, who was playing in her first match for Boston in the Lincolnshire Doubles League, were victorious.

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