BENDIGO Tennis clubmates Taipans and Cobras scored hard-fought wins in Saturday’s sixth round of the premier league season.
Both BTC line-ups were locked on three rubbers apiece, but led the sets and games tallies against Strathfieldsaye and Spring Gully Words & Pictures Photography respectively.
Taipans led three-one after Ryan Michell, Cameron Lilburn and Dom Barton all won their singles contests.
Sole victor for Strathfieldsaye in the singles was Nick Bath.
Strathfieldsaye struck back as Michael Smyth and Bath teamed for a 6-7 6-0 10-4 win against Michell and Ryan Brook.
Lachlan Perdon and Penno beat Lilburn-Barton, 7-5 7-6, but it was Taipans who took the points, 8-59 to 8-56.
• The singles contests in the Words and Pictures clash with Cobras were split.
A highlight was the 4-6 6-4 10-8 win by Spring Gully’s Jarrod Epps against Rashelle Blencowe.
The in-form Jack Baker and Jono Guy followed up their singles wins by teaming for a 4-6 6-3 10-6 victory against S. Baker and Rob Gallagher.
Jayden Baber and S. Hardingham scored a 3-6 6-4 10-7 win against Frank Ryan and Blencowe.
After the final rally, Cobras led 8-60 to 8-56.
• South Bendigo’s winning streak hit six after a 28-game win against BTC Growl Weightlifting.
The Jordan Hicks-led South Bendigo won five of the six rubbers in which Brett Mulgrew, Grant Leader and Ryan Leader all won in straight sets.
Weightlifting’s sole victory was a 4-6 6-4 10-7 result by Baxter Symons and Alex Neave against Grant Leader and Mulgrew.
South Bendigo won 11-72 to 2-44.
• The Butterflies bounced back from defeat as Jamie Brown, Jacob Grieves and Simon Kelly led the way in a 4-9-64 to 2-5-47 win against Castlemaine.
A highlight for Castlemaine was Isaac Watson’s win against Matt Hartland, 7-6 5-7 10-4.
Brown won the opening set against Ben Bailey, 6-0, and just two games in the second.
Grieves fought back from a first-set defeat to beat David Carre, 7-6 10-5.
Watson and Bailey teamed up to beat the experienced Hartland and Brown, 6-3 6-2.