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Burnley Tennis Club wins AEGON National Club League Lancashire division 1

Burnley men won the AEGON National Club League Lancashire Division 1 on Sunday with a fantastic 8-4 win against Prestwich Men at Burnley.

Burnley were expecting a touch match against the team in second place, Burnley knew a win would win the league for them, Prestwich needed to win to have a chance of winning the league so it was always going to be a classic game of team tennis.

First up was the 4 singles matches, Ethan Herron, Steven Holt, Adam Walne and Jez Palmer for Burnley. Ethan Herron got off to a great start against the very strong Prestwich player Paul Jepson, Herron for Burnley looked comfortable until mid-way through the first set when he reached for a shot and pulled his back, this seemed to really effect Herron who couldn’t strike the ball and move around the court. Jepson for Prestwich used all his experience and fine display of shots to beat Herron 6-4 6-3 and put Prestwich 1-0 up.

On the next court Adam Walne for Burnley was in unstoppable form as his powerful serving seemed to really damage his opponent, Walne was holding serve with ease and his opponent struggled to get in to points and hit winners, Walne stormed through the first set 6-1. In the start of the second set disaster hit when in the first game Walne hit a serve and had to stop as injury struck again, the Burnley supporters looked concerned as it looked like Walne might need to concede whilst leading, Walne continue to play but had to serve at a much slower pace, his Prestwich opponent took full advantage of this and pulled himself back into the match winning the second set 6-4. The third set would be decided by a championship tiebreak first to 10 points, both players hit some great winners and with the tiebreak tied at 8-8 Walne double faulted to give his opponent match points at 9-8 ahead, Walne was brave and hit a clean return winner to go 9-9, Walne then took the next point to move 10-9 ahead, Walne with his first match point served and followed up with another clean winner to take the set and match for Burnley.

The score was now 2-2, Steven Holt for Burnley was involved in yet another classic, the Prestwich played was in unstoppable form as he dictated the early points from the back of the court and at the next, Holt was hitting the ball well seemed to get frustrated and despite losing the first set 6-1 was never going to let his opponent have it all his own way. Holt for Burnley seemed to get in to his stride and settle in to the match, Holt was now matching his opponent hit for hit and it was Holt who was now coming out on top. Holt played a set of brilliant tennis to win the second set 6-3, again another match into a championship tiebreak. Holt continued where he had left off and dominated the tiebreak to win 10-2 and put Burnley ahead in the game 4-2.

The last singles was Jez Palmer up against Sam Hedge from Prestwich; Hedge looked a real force with his powerful forehand and serve, Palmer opened the serving and was broken with ease in the first game as Hedge for Prestwich hit big ground strokes and Palmer made errors. Palmer for Burnley didn’t let this affect him and started to play his aggressive game breaking back immediately, Palmer was in fine form as he dominated all the long rallies out hitting his opponent all over the court, Palmer won the next 10 games to put himself 6-1, 4-0 ahead, Hedge then held serve and broke to trail 4-2, Palmer broke again and held serve to win the match 6-1, 6-2 and move Burnley 6-2 ahead in the match.

Burnley now only needing to win one of the two remaining doubles matches brought in the experienced doubles players Mick Harris and team captain Chris Rowell. Ethan Herron who despite injury teamed up with Jez Palmer who replaced Adam Walne due to injury. Herron & Palmer gave a good account of themselves playing as first pair going down in a close match 7-5, 6-4. Rowell & Harris needed to win to win the match for Burnley and they did this in style using all their experience to thrash their Prestwich opponents. A display of dominate serve and volleying from the Burnley pair against their big hitting opponents was on show as they sailed through the first set 6-2, Rowell & Harris got even better in the second set blowing their opponents off court wining the match 6-2, 6-0 to give Burnley an overall 8-4.