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Westcliff cut down high-flying Rayleigh
7:50pm Thursday 31st May 2012 in Tennis
Lawn remain in bottom spot but picked up five points to edge to within three points of nearest rivals Kent Elms in the Leigh & Westcliff LTA competition.
The reverse meant Rayleigh now trail leaders Thorpe Bay by six points after four matches.
Lawn’s Gillian Sanderson and Nalandi Ebdon Sharma drew the first set 6-4 2-6 with Lauren Duffield and Sophie Hart.
But Julie Milner and Nicola Hipkins defeated Rayleigh’s Cathy Chambers and Gemma Smith 6-3 6-4, before Rebecca Attwood and Claire Elliott wrapped things up with Bottom-of-the-table Southen Lawn III pulled of a 3-3 draw with top dogs Kent Elms II in Men’s Division Four.
Steve Jennings and Lee Hitchcock put Lawn ahead with a 6-4 6-0 win over Craig Butler and Adam Yates. But Jan Thorpe and Mark Hughes levelled for Elms by beating Mick Davis and James Driscoll 6-4 6-2.
Richard Spence and Trevor Noad handed Elms the advantage in the third rubber with a 6-2 first set win, but Nick Stuart and Guy Carter ensured a share of the spoils by taking the second set 6-2.
FULL RESULTS IN THURSDAY'S ECHO