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BSF TENNIS LEAGUE - by Stephen Maslivec (Mixed League Match Secretary) - 4th September 2017
MEADOW HILL LIFT CECIL CUP
Meadow Hill of Bolton Sports Federation Tennis League have won the Cecil Cup for the first time in their history.
The Division 4 side took on David Lloyd Bolton C of Division 3 last Sunday in what turned out to be a one sided final.
Meadow Hill began the match with a +39.5 handicap start, but as a contest the match was over after the mixed sets as David Lloyd failed to win any of the four sets on offer and so giving Meadow Hill an unassailable 63.5 to 12 lead.
Meadow Hill’s fourth couple of Carole Lanham and Trevor Taylor were first off court with a 6 – 2 victory over Nicky Ball and Reece McCarron, and this was soon followed by Vanessa Browne and Chris Taylor’s 6 – 4 win over Lisa Coxon and John Morris. At that stage of the contest it was becoming clear that David Lloyd had more than met their match and this was confirmed when Meadow Hill’s first couple of Jack Milner and Jeanette Bury registered a 6 – 3 win over Lisa Johnson and Martin Jordan, followed by Alex Milner and Olivia Lowe’s 6 -3 victory over Glenda Maxwell and Bryan Pike.
It was after the mixed doubles that most spectators began to arrive at the Markland Hill venue, and many were surprised to learn that the final had already been decided. But they stayed on in rainy conditions to witness yet further sets wins for Meadow Hill.
In the ladies doubles Carole Lanham and Jeanette Bury and Vanessa Browne and Olivia took three of the four sets. Meanwhile, in the gent’s doubles David Lloyd’s pairing of Bryan Pike and John Morris put up some resistance as they won their sets 6 – 2 and 6 – 5 against Chris and Trevor Taylor and Jack and Alex Milner, respectively.
The match ended as a 100.5 to 44 victory for Meadow Hill, 61 to 44 without the handicap.
At the end of the cup presentation, a jubilant Trevor Taylor, Meadow Hill’s Captain said, “We have been knocked out of this competition at the semi final stage for the last two years. Reaching and winning the final is third time lucky for us”.
At the end of the day, Meadow Hill had proved too strong for their higher division opponents, and while David Lloyd had fielded a weakened team and with Captain Lisa Coxon suffering from an eye injury, nothing should be taken away from a well-deserved Meadow Hill victory.