DENBY DALE ladies produced a magnificent 10-1 victory to keep their hopes for promotion alive in the Slazenger Huddersfield Tennis League.
In a crucial match for Denby Dale A they rose to the occasion to almost whitewash visitors Huddersfield C and stay in the race for promotion to Division II.
The shale courts had been beautifully prepared and well watered as the Dale first pair, Karen Seddon and Di Swaine, cruised to an assertive first-set victory.
The opposition fought back well to level at three games all in the second set, but Seddon and Swaine held on to win it 6-3.
Dale’s second pair, Sally Hoyle and Sheila Cook, played a marathon first match against their opponents, Sally Jagger and Rebecca Hambleton, which was halved.
Sue Walker, who has just returned after a knee injury, and Liz Airey then soundly beat the Huddersfield thirds 6-3 and 6-0.
With a 5-1 lead after the first round, Dale went on to take the remaining sets, resulting in an emphatic 10-1 win.
Denby Dale now need another confident performance next week if they are to beat Rastrick who only narrowly beat them earlier in the season.
Elsewhere, title-challengers Batley ITC A whitewashed Gregory Fields 11-0 in the men’s Division I while Thongsbridge E were left with no change from Holmfirth B, who won 10-0 in the ladies Division IV.
A heavy downpour just before the start of play made the courts at Gregory Fields very slippy but Batley coped better with the ‘tennis-on-ice-like’ conditions to run out comfortable winners.
Batley’s Jesper Paul and Phil Brindley beat Nick Green and Marcus Jabczynski 6-4 7-6 and also beat Alan Ockerby and Chee Bok 6-1 6-1.
Will Brennan and Marcus Kaiser, of Batley, then beat Ockerby and Bok 6-1 6-1 along with David Lyons and Dan Hepworth 6-1 6-0, before Batley’s Simon Barraclough and Dan Martinez beat Lyons and Hepworth 6-1 6-0 and wrapped up the match with a 7-5 victory against Green and Jabczynski.
Lindsey Delooze and Karen Adams got Holmfirth B off to a winning start in Division IV with a 6-0 7-6 victory against Lynn Willis and Lynda Harvey and the second pairing, Sue Charlesworth and Sarah Ross, followed it up with a convincing 6-1 6-2 win against Thongsbridge E’s Helen Cowell and Janet Winn.
Holmfirth maintained their winning momentum with Hannah Mallin and Julie Wood beating Thongsbridge’s third couple 6-2 7-6 to give the hosts a substantial 6-0 lead after the first round of matches.
And it was a lead they were never to relinquish as they went on to notch a 10-0 victory and keep their promotion hopes alive.