Villagers in the mix, but it was Peebles’ day

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FOLLOWING a nail-biting final, Peebles successfully defended their Borders Mixed League title against St Boswells.

They raced into a 4-2 lead after two rounds of the final, which was held at Melrose on August 23.

However, the final round brought about a Villagers comeback which threatened an upset.

With two of the three final-round matches complete, Peebles were hanging on to a 4.5-3.5 lead and were already a set down in the remaining tie.

Having secured a 6-2 first set win, the St Boswells pair of Toni Lemmon and Simon Blair found themselves a break down towards the end of the second set as Juliet Smith and Fraser Paterson fought back.

But, with all the other team members and a few other spectators watching intently from the sidelines, the St Boswells pair dug deep to square things up, with the set eventually going down to a tie-break.

With all four players suffering from being on court for almost four hours across the whole tie, it proved to be a fascinating finale to the match.

It was the Peebles pair who eventually triumphed, having established an early lead in the tie-break from which they never looked back.

Both teams would like to thank Melrose Waverley for the use of the courts and facilities as a neutral venue.

Peebles: Lisa Campbell and Michael McGee; Juliet Smith and Fraser Paterson; Jo Cassidy and Martin Jeffrey.

St Boswells: Lynn Bruce and Adam Drummond; Toni Lemmon and Simon Blair; Hilary Jackson and Chris Smith.

z After 18 sets of tennis, just two games separated Melrose and St Boswells I in the Mixed Knockout Cup on Sunday.

After the Villagers took a 2-1 lead after the first three rubbers, Melrose fought back to level the scores at 3-3 going in to the final round.

Then, with two of the final three matches completed it remained 4-4, but Melrose pair Mike Turner and Jessica Bennett were already a set up on their opponents.

Having raced to a 5-0 lead in the first set against Lynn Bruce and Adam Drummond, the St Boswells pair produced a gritty comeback, only for Drummond to be broken, serving at 4-5 down.

The second set ebbed and flowed, but a vital break of serve at 3-3 in favour of St Boswells gave them the upper hand.

Bruce and then Bennett comfortably held their serves and Drummond then followed suit to take the second set.

With the match tied at 4.5-4.5 the result came back to total games, with St Boswells emerging victorious by 80-78.

All 12 players can be rightly proud of an incredible match, with neither side deserving to lose.

St Boswells: Lynn Bruce, Ailsa Jackson, Hilary Jackson, Adam Drummond, Matt Tile, Chris Smith.

Melrose: Jessica Bennett, Brenda Lumley, Lucy Inglis, Mike Turner, Michael Fairburn, Keith Polson.