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Burnley tennis players compete in finals day
THERE was no faulting Danny Taylor, Matt Honey and veteran Ian Wolstencroft as they all enjoyed double success at the Burnley and District Tennis League’s finals day.
Taylor triumphed in both the singles and mixed doubles, victory was sweet for Honey in the doubles and under 21s singles while Wolstencroft showed there was still plenty of life in the old legs as he won in both veterans events in the finals held at Accrington Tennis Club.
In the Burnley Express Cup open singles final, Taylor of Burnley Tennis Club proved to be too good for Accrington Tennis Club’s Jamie Clayton, winning 6-2, 6-4.
But it was far from straightforward for Taylor and Elaine Varcoe in the Harold Lever Mixed Doubles final.
The Burnley pair had to come from a set down to beat Christine Connor and Matt Honey who were fast out of the blocks to take the first set 6-2. But Taylor and Varcoe stamped their authority on the match to take the next two sets 6-4, 6-2 to seal victory.
Defeat for Honey meant he had to wait a little longer to celebrate double victory. He had started the day by teaming up with fellow Parkwood player John Phethean to beat Burnley pair Stephen Palmer and Chris Rowell in an excellent three setter in the Clucas Cup Men’s Doubles final. Honey and Phethean edged the first set 7-5 before Palmer and Rowell hit back to win the second 6-2.
And in the third set decider the Parkwood pair triumphed 6-3 to win.
In the Golden Jubilee U21s Singles Trophy, it was more routine for Honey as he won in straight sets, beating Burnley’s Steven Holt 6-2, 6-3.
If Honey’s best playing days lie ahead of him, Wolstenholme’s are behind him – but that didn’t stop him showing the young ones how to do it!
He won the Veteran’s Singles trophy with the minimum of fuss with a 6-2, 6-3 win against John Newbould.
He then teamed up with Russell Hosker to beat Keith Saunders and David Sudall 6-1, 7-5 to win the David Mercer Over 50s Veteran’s Doubles Trophy. The day’s action also included the Millennium Trophy in both the singles and teams for players from the lower divisions.
In the singles, Irfan Ulhaq beat Matthew Birch 6-2, 6-3.
The team doubles was between Skillz That Killz duo Liam Taylor and Daniel Moorhouse and Burnley Tennis Club’s James Denson and Matthew Crossley who played under the name MBAS.
And for Denson and Crossley, it was the Skillz that Killz their title hopes as Taylor and Moorhouse ran out 6-0, 6-0 winners.
But in fairness to the Burnley pair, they had just returned from a holiday in Portugal and had no time to prepare for the final.
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