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.
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.