Doubles delight for Burnley debut duo

Members of Burnley Tennis Club who have had a great season so far

Members of Burnley Tennis Club who have had a great season so far

First published in Sport

ELAINE Varcoe and Mick Harris made it a dream doubles debut to win their first East Lancashire League title.

The Burnley Tennis Club pair, playing their first tournament together, came from a set down and saved two match points to beat Christine Conner and Matt Honey for Parkwood in a thrilling final.

Both teams have played each other a number of times so were under no illusion as what to expect.

Played at Blackburn Northern Tennis Club, theConner and Honey pair got off to the perfect start in the mixed doubles final and took the first set 6-3.

And it appeared that the talanted Parkwood pair would wrap up the title in two sets as they had to match points in the second set tie break.

However, Varcoe and Harris showed all their fighting qualities to fight back and win the tiebreak.

And they kept the momentum going in to the deciding set which they won 6-2 to win the title.

Burnley Tennis Club were also represented in the finals by the Khalid sisters, Iqrra and Aksan, who had mixed success in their respective age groups.

The sisters had qualified for the finals after playing at Feniscowles Tennis Club.

Aksan was in the Under 12s final but slipped to a 6-3 6-3 defeat to Emily Caton of Feniscowles.

But there was better news for big sister Iqrra in the girls U14 final against Charlotte Cook, also of Feniscowles.

The talented teenager has been in fine form throughout qualifying for the finals and was always going to be tough to beat.

And so it proved as her great serving and powerful ground strokes saw her win a close first set 6-4.

She stepped it up in the second set and overpower her opponent to seal a 6-4, 6-0 title to clinch the title.

Rachel McCrae was the second junior Feniscowles player to enjoy sucess beating Marie Decant of Darwen 6-0, 6-1.

In the boys finals, Sam Hardwick beat Dominic Brown 6-4,6-3 in an all-Whalley under 12s final.

Gregg Simms of Blackburn Northern beat William Young of Darwen 6-4, 6-0 to win the under 14s title.

And the under 16s final was an al-Towneley affair with Marley Bryne beating Daniel Frost 6-4, 6-1.

Feniscowles Neil Gibson won the first of his two titles to clinch the men’s singles against Honey who lost all three of the finals he appeared in. Gibson won 6-2, 6-3 then teamed up with Richard Taylor to beat Honey and John Phthean in the men’s doubles, 6-2, 7-6.

Meanwhile, Burnley will be looking to end the season on a high.

Having recently won the Men’s Lancashire National Club League Division One title, they have secured three out of four places in the East Lancashire League knockout finals.

The open ‘A’ team are through to the knockout final after a 5-0 win in the semi finals.

The club is also in the mixed team final after beating Blackburn Northern ‘A’ 6-3 in the semi finals and, to complete the finals, the Ladies A thrashed Crosshill A 9-0 to earn their place in the Ladies team final.

Burnley Open ‘D’ team tried to in a clean sweep of cup final apperances but fell short to a strong Clitheroe ‘A’ team in the Division 2/3 semi final.

And the club will be hopingto make the most of home advantage as finals day will be oat Burnley Tennis Club on Saturday, September 20.

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