Smashing season at Kelso

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DESPITE the poor weather, leading to a substantial reduction in casual play over the summer, Kelso Orchard Tennis Club has had one of the most successful seasons in competition and tournament play for some time.

The ladies’ first team narrowly won the Border League Division One from holders Duns I, for the first time in a few decades and the second team won the newly-formed Division Three after a close finish against St Boswells II.

The Kelso men’s first team were runners-up in Division Two to an excellent Selkirk first team, who remained undefeated.

The under-16 boys drew with West Linton in the semi-final of the league play-offs, but were just beaten on countback of games.

Junior member Nik Stingl won both the Borders Junior Confined Under-14 and under-16 singles, the Hastings and Co Borders under-14s, and the Road to Wimbledon South of Scotland finals at Prestwick.

And coach Lesley Thomas partnered Johnny Short from Wilton Park to a superb win in the East of Scotland mixed doubles championships at North Berwick.

The club would like to congratulate all concerned in making 2012 so successful.