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It's Wimbledon fever as club holds own contests

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: June 25, 2014

Abbey View men's B team (from left) Cai Markham, Sam Bostock, Rich Smith and Dave Bennett.

Abbey View men's B team (from left) Cai Markham, Sam Bostock, Rich Smith and Dave Bennett.

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WITH Wimbledon now under way, Abbey View have started to concentrate on their own club tournaments.

Two weeks ago, men's doubles partners battled to be in the finals in September.

Cai Markham and Ian Sales qualified, as did Ben Peake and Alex Cimino.

Unfortunately, Cimino will be attending university in the US, so their place in the final has been taken by Dave Bennett and Dave Cartwright, who came third.

A week later, the mixed doubles event was hard-fought and extremely close.

The eventual finalists were Dan Peake and Rachael Finney, and Ian Sales and Jane Beswick.

On Saturday, Abbey View under-14s boys team played a friendly against Endon and won easily 6-0.

The Abbey View team of Ben Tunnicliff, Jack Gayes, Arthur Shaw and Beck Bromley played extremely well and came out easy winners against the less-experienced opposition.

In the City and Suburban League, the ladies team had a week off, as did the men's C team.

The men's A team beat Draycott B 3-1 at home, going one better than the draw gained at Draycott on the opening day of the season.

The men's B team, playing in Division Three, lost a very hard match at home to Westlands B.

The final 3-1 score flattered the visitors, who adjusted well to the new artificial turf courts.

At the halfway stage of the season, the Abbey View men's A team lie second out of the eight teams in Division Two.

Stone A are at the top, and have a good enough team to win the trophy – but they will be chased by the Moorlanders.

The Abbey View men's B team are lying fourth out of nine teams, having achieved four wins, two draws and two losses.

The men's C team are eighth out of nine teams and will need to improve over the second half of the season.

In the Staffs County league, the Abbey View ladies team recently beat Endon A 3-1 at home.

Rachael Finney and Jane Beswick beat both Endon pairs. Janet Hardern and Alison Randle added the winning point.

In the reverse fixture a week later, Abbey View fielded a weaker team and lost 4-0 to a stronger Endon team who had the advantage of playing at home.

The addition to the Endon team of county standard twins Mel and Kate Barker made all the difference. In Division Two North of the same league, the Abbey View men's B team, playing at home, beat a weak Stone C 4-0.

After three wins and a draw in four matches, the team – with 12 points out of a possible 16 – are well placed for promotion if results continue to be as good over the remainder of the season.

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