Does anyone remember what they were doing on 22nd May 2013? Why is this date relevant I hear to ask! this was the last time Dumfries A men’s team lost any points in the D&G Men’s league, until last night.
On a great night for the opening men’s matches of the season, Dumfries A entertained an experienced Dalbeattie team who rolled out the experience duo of Dan Donley and Paul Burley who were joined on court by returning pair of Paul Boardman and Stephen White. On paper the bookies didn’t give Dalbeattie any hope but we all know that tennis is not played on paper. The first result in, saw Chris Topping and Graeme Cross coast home with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Paul Burley and Dan Donley but shortly after that Stevie and Paul Boardman levelled the match by beating Lister McKiddie and Richie Cunningham 7-6, 7-5. Lister and Chris restored the lead with a narrow victory in their match against the 2 Paul’s, taking it 5-7, 6-4, 10-4. This left Richie and Graeme against Stevie and Dan to battle it out under the floodlights at Dumfries. With the clock showing 9.30pm and the match finally balanced with Dalbeattie taking the first set 2-6 before Dumfries A levelled by taking the second set 7-6, then it was down to the champ tie-break and it went to the wire before Dalbeattie edge the rubber to complete the overall draw as they took the tie-break 10-8. Welcome back boys..
Elsewhere Dumfries B overcame Beechgrove 4-0, whilst Kirkcudbright took the first rubber off Dumfries C before Dumfries came back to secure the win 3-1.
Next week (26th) sees the return of the ladies as newcomers, Kirkcudbright playing host to Beechgrove ladies with Dumfries entertaining the current championship Stewartry CSC. In the gents league last years runners-up Stewartry CSC taking on the defending champions Dumfries A at Castle Douglas, Dumfries C play host to neighbours Dumfries B and Kirkcudbright travel through to Dalbeattie.