Tony (capt.) & Vince Peter & Paul
Shotley won by 6 sets to 2 and 46 games to 35
On a warm and often wet night Shotley shone as brightly as their new floodlights to put on a tennis extravaganza to win a hard fought marathon of a match which lasted 3 and a half hours against a stubborn home team.
With the skipper back from his tour of the colonies his partnership with "Sicknote" Vince was back on court again as first pair. They didn't disappoint as they raced through the first set 6-0 before edging a close 2nd set 7-5 against the home team's first pair. The second round proved a lot tougher for them as they took a first set tiebreak 7-2 before going down 6-4 in the final set against old adversaries Bill & Simon. Looking more like their old selves the pair were back to doing what they do best - chasing everything down and making the opposition play one more shot.
Second pair on the night but certainly not second best were Peter & Paul who were on court together for the first time and played so well it had the opposition shaking their heads in disbelief at some of the tennis they produced. They took their first set 6-4 before edging an exciting tiebreak to put Shotley 4-0 up after the first round. As with Tony & Vince they won the first set in the second round and lost the second as tiredness took hold - it was 10:pm
Top couple on the night were Tony & Vince by just 3 games but best performance must go to Paul "The Wall" and his partner Peter (who not only found his own way there but has already made his excuses for not being able to attend the next working party a good 6 months before the date is announced.)
A great result and a performance to match.