THERE were huge laughs, oohs and aahs from sports fans as Thongsbridge Tennis Club produced yet another magnificent night to remember.
Aussie ace and former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash was in town as part of the Holme Valley club's second Northern International Invitation - following on the back of year's star-studded event featuring Martina Hingis and Ilie Nastase.
He was joined by enthusiastic TV presenter and former British No1 Andrew Castle, returning for a second year, who compered the evening before swapping microphone for tennis racket to thrill the crowds in the highly- anticipated men's doubles.
But the player who had the crowd eating of his hands and virtually rolling in the aisles was world trick-shot master Mansour Bahrami.
Bahrami teamed up with Castle to take on Cash and Britain's first men's Under 21 Superset Champion, Richard Irwin, who showcased a thrilling final against Edward Allinson to pick up the £1,000 first prize a couple of hours earlier.
Former professional Bahrami, 50, who now spends more than 40 weeks of the year playing tournaments and exhibitions across the world, said:
"I still love to play this fantastic sport.
"I love to make people smile and if everyone leaves with a smile on their face then that is my job done."
And he was true to his word.
Displaying his full array of tennis wizardry, teed up with entertaining gamesmanship from Cash and Castle, Bahrami produced through- the-leg shots, groans, smiles, laughter and jokes.
At one point, when Bahrami was guarding the net he raised it three feet off the ground - from which Cash double-faulted!
Cash, the housewife's heart-throb, appealed to the umpire, who in turn vowed he had not seen anything untoward - and neither had anyone in the 1,500-strong crowd, who cheered on their hero.
And, as if by magic, the match went to a sudden-death tie-break.
With Cash and Castle showing occasional glimpses of their glorious past, thundering down serves, deft touches and stunning volleys, it was a memorable night.
Cash said: "It's been great to be here at Thongsbridge. They are not a former LTA Club of the Year for nothing and the facilities, people and friendliness of the place makes it really special."
And Castle revealed that if he did not live down south then he would quickly become a member at Thongsbridge.
"I got a call from Mike (Adams, Thongsbridge's development manager) at the beginning of the year and I was delighted to be invited once again.
"I had such a great time here last year that when the call came I jumped at the chance. This is such a friendly, breath-of-fresh-air club. If I lived up north I would become a member."
FOR Marion Fisher, the Northern International Invitation is an event she will never forget.
Marion, from Ovenden, near Halifax, won the opportunity of a lifetime - to play tennis with her sporting hero Pat Cash.
She bagged her amazing prize after entering a competition on a regional news programme.
Marion, who is hooked on entering competitions, had no idea what the competition was for.
She said: "I just entered because I knew the answer to the question on Pat - I had no idea that I would actually get to meet him!
"I couldn't believe it when they told me - I was gobsmacked!
When the Examiner caught up with Marion she was still shaking from her once-in-a-lifetime experience.
She said: "I can't believe that I have played tennis with Pat Cash! It was fabulous, I have never played tennis before and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
"I had seen him on television before and thought he was a brilliant player.
"I also think he's a really lovely person and he was very nice and polite to me when we met - a real gentleman.
"I played him for about 10 minutes and it went really quickly.
"He put me at ease and showed me how to serve, hit and how to spin the ball - I couldn't do that! He said I would make a good tennis player if I took it up, and I really think I am going to now!
"My husband Derek watched me play - he acted as ball boy."