First and second women undefeated

With the Tayside Tennis league season nearly half over, Montrose women’s first and seconds are still undefeated and the men’s first team are back on the winning track.

The women’s first team are firmly in control in the third division, with four wins and a virtually unassailable lead of 6-0 in the rain-halted fifth match. In a top-of-the-tables match last week at Anstruther that went to the final round, the team won by 11 sets to 7.

The first pair of Linda Cuthill and Marta Krause won four sets, as did the second pair of Barbara Watson and Rhona Alston.

The third pair of Jen Richardson and Caroline Stewart were the only ones to take a set from Anstruther’s first couple, but also drew their other two matches.

The ladies’ second team, firmly in control in division five, won even more convincingly last week, beating David Lloyd 2 at home 16-1, with one set unfinished.

The first pair of Wendy Sanger and Diane Forbes won six sets, while the second pair of Janet Thomson and Corinna Gow won five of five. The third pair of Jennifer Broadley and Jane Cargill lost one set out of six, to David Lloyd’s top couple.

The newly formed third team, not surprisingly, is finding the going a bit harder despite a promising start, with two losses on fast courts against Wormit 2 and then 3, the latter by the narrowest of margins, 9-7.

The men’s first team improved to two wins out of four matches in the fight to stay in the first division, comprehensively beating Angus rivals Arbroath away by 15-3. A radical change in the pairings worked as the first pair of Graeme Walker and Brian Wright won five out of five sets, with one conceded by Arbroath. Richie Wallace and Nick Whitecross won four sets out of six, while George Baxter and Andy Moffat won five out of six.

In a rain-delayed match between the only undefeated teams in the fourth division, the men’s second team made the long trip to Kinross but came out second best by 11-7. The first pair of Donald Watson and Chad Neighbor lost to Kinross’s first pair but were the only couple to take a set from the second pair and easily beat the third couple. The second pair of Murray Pert and Fraser Ramseyer and the third couple of Andy Baxter and Scott Lorimer had to be content with beating Kinross’s third pair easily, although both had close sets against the first couple.

The second team stayed in second place in the division, however, by beating Games Club 2 two nights later 18-0. Because of a mix-up, Games Club only had five players, and then conceded further sets.

The first pair of Donald Watson and Fraser McGlynn had one close set as they beat Games Club’s first pair, as did the home team second pair of Andy Baxter and Chad Neighbor.

Both pairs easily beat Games Club’s second couple. The third pair of Scott Lorimer and Alan Sykes won two close sets, one a tie-break, against the Dundee side’s second couple in their only match.

The third team had another long journey, to Duffus in Cupar, but won 11-5.