South of Scotland County tennis team recently played against Warwickshire in the over 45s GB league at Dumfries Sports Club.
The match was fiercely contested. In the first round, Lister McKiddie teamed up with another local, Fraser Patterson, of Dalbeattie who played doubles against a strong first couple and lost 6-2, 6-3. There were a lot of close games however Lister and Fraser could not quite win the crucial points.
Derek Lauder of Esporta Hamilton (originally Prestwick) played first singles and had a very long match going down 6-3, 6-4.
Terry McGuigan of Ayr played the second singles and pushed his opposite number all the way despite having picked up a calf injury early in the match.
In the second round, Lister and Fraser teamed up again and although in a winning position in both sets could not close out the match and lost 6-4, 7-5. The last match involved Derek and Terry teaming up in a doubles and going down 6-4, 6-2.
The overall result therefore was a 5-0 defeat but there are promising signs for the future league matches and they hope to bounce back in the next matches.