Cullercoats lead league

CULLERCOATS Tennis Club boys’ 16s team top the Aegon county league after a 4-2 win over Northumberland County Ground at the weekend.

James Brown beat Matthew Haynes 6-3, 6-1 at number one but Jacob Docx lost out 6-2, 6-2 to Matthew Lawson at number two to leave the tie level.

Dan Simpson and Chris Short won convincing singles 6-0, 6-2 and 6-0, 6-0 respectively and with the one and two doubles going to the Northumberland team the tie was poised at 3-2.

The Cullercoats pair of Simpson and Short made sure there was to be no tie-break shoot-out by winning the reverse doubles in fine form 6-0, 6-1 for a 4-2 overall win.

Cullercoats sit top of the North Division A league with maximum points and a 73 per cent win ratio.

Cullercoats boys’ 12s took to the court against Bohemians of Gosforth without any player having played a full ball team match before.

However, the team of Freddy Stewart, Joseph Angus, Josh Grayson and Jonny Jordan competed really well, taking an early lead in many matches but could not quite keep it going, eventually losing 5-1 with Jordan winning his singles rubber.

Cullercoats boys’ 14s had a good 8-4 win over Eldon Grove of Hartlepool last weekend.

Josh Short came through a tough three setter 10-3 at number one singles and with Ryan Maughan at number two also coming through an epic 13-11 third set tie-break, Cullercoats took a 2-0 lead.

Andre Streimann and Tom Whiting Adams were unlucky not to pick up a point from the doubles, however, Short and Maughan had no problems winning their doubles 6-3, 6-2.

In a gruelling two-hour-plus battle at number three singles, the resilient Tom Whiting Adams eventually came through a 13-11 winner to seal the match for Cullercoats.