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Basford complete double

TENNIS by Jackie Thorley

PERFECT ENDING: City and Suburban Tennis League Dale Cup winners Basford A comprised (left to right) Jon Copnell, Mike Armstrong, Paul Armstrong and Dave Edgerton.

Stunning end to season sees A team add Dale Cup to league honours

BASFORD delivered victory in the City and Suburban Dale Cup final to seal a league and cup double. The men's A team collected their second title of the season when they defeated Borough A at Stone Tennis Club in the handicap Dale tournament. With both sides playing off scratch, the Division Two champions got off to an explosive start as brothers Mike and Paul Armstrong notched up a 6-3, 6-3 win against Derek Turner and Dave Latham, while Basford team-mates Jon Copnell and Dave Edgerton beat Neville Howse and Gareth Dunn 6-1, 7-6. Borough stole back a rubber after the changeover when Howse and Dunn toppled the Armstrong partnership 6-4, 6-2, but Copnell and Edgerton clinched a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Turner and Latham to bag a 3-1 triumph for Basford. Coppell said: "As we had a 2-0 lead at the change, we only needed one set in the remaining matches to win, which gave us confidence. "It has been a great season for us, having won promotion to Division One as well as winning the cup."

Despite missing out on cup glory, the Borough side finished runners-up to Basford in the league and will join them in the fast lane next year.

Sentinel, 09 October 2007
Courtesy of The Sentinel News & Media

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