Four matches reached their conclusions on this wonderful day of tennis at the Hyde last weekend (30th August).
To start with the Palmer Trophy Grade B kicked us off, and what a curious match it was. A slightly jaded Nicky Milton (see saturday night) walked on court against a pumped up Kallin Davies, and within minutes the Zimbabwean had destroyed the poor kid 6/0 in the first set. Blinking away this shock, Milton Jr. managed to completely swing things around from this point and took the final two sets 6/1 6/1, leaving Kallin a little dazed and confused as to what had happened.
Kallin disappeared for a while to lick his wounds as he was due to come back for a Mackenzie Turner quarter final later in the day. Well done Nicky!
The next match on was the Club Championships or ‘Palmer Trophy’ and what a fantastic match it was. At 3/2 in the first set Jeremy Taylor and Geoffrey Russell looked like they had been through the wars. The whole event lasted a full two hours and concluded in an epic 6/5 5/6 6/5 victory to Geoffrey with some excellent tennis being played throughout the ordeal.
The Clark Cup was then hotly contested (allowing Geoffrey to have fish and chips and a breather before taking on Kallin), but was ultimately won in straight sets as Mark Greenstock and Jason Webster (pictured) managed to outmanoeuvre Bill McGowan and Stephen Grier 6/4 6/4.
Finally the Mackenzie Turner Quarter Final was on, but the huge handicap Geoffrey had to give proved too much (rec 30 owe 15 every game) and Kallin strode home with his head held high to advance through to the semis 6/2 6/4 with some powerful hitting and sharper tennis than had been witnessed earlier in the day.
The Fish and Chips supplied by Jenny’s Fish and Chip van (thank you for the recommendation Miltons) was a great idea, and was thoroughly enjoyed by all.