Diana had a difficult call to make on the morning of the Ladies 1 match against Corfe Mullen. It had been raining throughout the night and was still drizzling at 9 but the decision was made to play.
Deborah Miller/Jo Kiddell took on the Corfe Mullen's first pairing who proved to be a tricky couple, well able to slice and spin the ball. On a windy day this made the reading of the ball even more difficult. However Deborah and Jo have the calibre to be able to overcome most opposition and found ways to combat the unpredictable conditions and shots they faced - winning 6:4,6:3. They went on to claim an easier victory in their second match. 6:3,6:1.
Meg Mutter and Sam Christmas encountered a close battle on another court. The Corfe Mullen second pairing were strong, one player in particular seemed to be able to take control at the net and make passing shots difficult. The Swanage pair played well to gain the first set 6:4 and had to dig deep to do the same in the second, winning again at 6:4.
The weather threatened to break and the Corfe Mullen first pair looked keen to make their trip to Swanage worthwhile as they faced Sam and Meg. Meg played well, pushing Corfe Mullen into the trams with her pacey and accurate forehands and this helped Swanage to take the first set 7:5. The second commenced after three hours of play and proved to be a battle of fitness and concentration. Meg and Sam faced a set tie-break which they lost and then found themselves without momentum in a match tie break. Swanage failed to take control of the tie-break and lost out to a more consistent pair.
But Swanage had done enough to gain a 3:1 victory in terms of rubbers. A competitive and enjoyable match for both sides and another good win for Swanage!