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Double tonic after close encounters

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: August 20, 2014

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ASHBOURNE'S first and second teams both triumphed in their latest matches.

The first team defeated Burton, the seconds overcoming Alfreton.

The seconds visited the Amber Valley club without a number of key players but a strong win from newcomer Doug Riach and a battling win from Peter Fox, who was drafted in, meant the scores were levelled after Jane McIntyre's and Mike Hodgkinson's disappointments.

That set up a finale for Ewen Tanner against Gaz Beeby, which was a thriller, going down to a final set to decide the tie.

Tanner eventually scraped in with a stroke ball on match point to claim a narrow 14-10 win for the team.

The first team then hosted Burton and claimed an even closer victory, with Fox again on court to squeak the narrowest of wins, followed by James Archer who similarly had to go to five sets to land his match safely.

Mike Herridge and Tom Machell were beaten, which set up Jeff Davenport to steer Ashbourne home.

He notched up a badly needed win for the firsts, 14-12.

Both Ashbourne teams lost more sets than they won but the combinations were such that they won their matches overall.

As the summer season draws to a close, the seconds have a chance of winning their division, while the firsts, over-promoted by the league authorities, look like finishing near the bottom of the top division.

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