D&G Senior Championship

The Dumfries and Galloway Tennis Championships were held at Dumfries Tennis Club on the weekend of 4th & 5th June. Both days were baked in glorious sunshine with 17 players entered for the singles and 14 players in the doubles. In the singles event 5 times winner Colin Dunbar held off some determined players to secure his 6th win as he eased past Steven McCracken and Lewis Gilmour in the early round before a marathon semi again Richie Cunningham with Colin eventually taking the match 7-6, 6-2. In the other half of the draw some big hitters battled it out with Dan McKiddie gaining wins against Gus McIntyre and Ruairidh McRoberts before a tight semi against Brian Litster with the match going a championship tie-break in the third which Dan won 6-2, 3-6, 10-8 to set up the final against Colin. In the final Colin established an early break as Dan tried to get his rhythm going but that early break proved vital as Colin took the first set 6-4, in the second again Dan gave it all he had but the experience of Colin pulled off as he soaked up all the pressure form Dan who was hitting the ball with tremendous power, Colin held off to take the second 6-3. In the consolation final Malcolm McEwen just edge past Steven McCracken 6-4, 5-7, 10-8 in a match which lasted just short of 2 hours. Colin Dunbar D&G Seniors 2016.jpg

In the doubles new pairing of Brian Litster and Richie Cunningham torn up the form book as they beat experience duo of Stevie White and Paul Boardman 6-3, 7-5 before despatching the 2015 champions Alex Shearman and Chad Lawson 7-5, 6-3 in the semi-final, in the other half o the draw Lister McKiddie and son Dan McKiddie eased past Ben McKiddie and Lewis Gilmour 6-1, 6-0. In the final Lister and Dan came from behind to secure the first set on a tie-break before Richie and Brian levelled the match at a set apiece before taking the match and the title in the championship tie-break 6-7, 6-3, 10-7. In the consolation final Stevie and Paul edge the match against Colin Dunbar and Ruairidh McRoberts 6-3, 5-7, 10-7. Richie & Brian D&G Senior 2016

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