Dalkeith Tennis Club action

Craig Gallagher in action for Dalkeith Tennis Club
Craig Gallagher in action for Dalkeith Tennis Club

Dalkeith Tennis Club’s Men’s team’s unbeaten run in Division 5B of the Dunlop East of Scotland League came to an end as they slumped to a 12-4 home defeat to Murrayfield 2 on Monday.

Dalkeith were hampered by a hamstring injury to Ricky Smith in just the second game and, although Smith and Peter Campbell went on to split their first match with David Robertson and Douglas Hardie 7-6, 3-6, Dalkeith could manage only three more sets from Grahame Forbes and Gareth Stewart in the disappointing loss.

Adam Cairns in action for Dalkeith Tennis Club

Adam Cairns in action for Dalkeith Tennis Club

Dalkeith now face Corstorphine twice in six days with a rearranged home tie tonight (Wednesday) and the return at Belgrave Road on Monday.

Dalkeith 2 secured the Division 9 title with a comfortable 18-0 win over Aberdour 4 at Dalkeith on Wednesday. Nigel Gray & Frank O’Donnell dug deep to hold off Aberdour’s top pairing Elliot McInlay and Adam McGregor 7-5, 6-4 to ensure a 6-0 lead after the first round of matches and it was plain sailing after that as the home side wrapped up the win.

A win for Dalkeith at Kirkcaldy tonight (Wednesday) would see them finish the season unbeaten.

Dalkeith’s Boy’s 14 & Under side recorded the first win of their debut season with an 8-4 home win over Blackhall. In a tight first round, Dalkeith won tie-breaks in each of the three matches to lead 6-0. Brothers Ryan and Adam Cairns ground out a 10-8 win in a deciding champion’s tie-break after splitting the first two sets against Andrew Bryce and Julian Moller. Kalum Tocher held his nerve to win a first set tie-break 14-12 in his 7-6, 6-3 win over Andrew Jack while Craig Gallagher also needed a tie-break in a 7-6, 6-4 win over Daniel Harrison. Gallagher and Tocher then teamed up to beat Harrison and Bryce 6-2, 6-4 for the vital fourth win.