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England Duty for Basford Pair

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DOUBLE HONOUR: Sue Winters, left, and June Fisher, who have just been chosen to captain the England women's over-55 and over-65 teams at the Four Nations Veterans' Championships at Renfrew.

TWO Basford players will captain England at the veterans' Four Nations Championships in Scotland in May. Sue Winters will take charge of the over-55 women's team, while club-mate June Fisher has been called up to captain the over-65s in Renfrew. Both England teams will compete against Scotland, Wales and Ireland in a combination of singles and doubles matches.

The England captaincy continues a dream start to the year for Winters, who captured a hat-trick of titles at the recent Scottish National Indoor Championships in Glasgow. The 56-year-old, who also competes for Nantwich Tennis Club, clinched the over-55 singles title when she defeated Sarah Rendle (East Scotland) in straight sets. Winters then partnered London's Maggie Woolley to beat Rendle and Christine Windmill (Scotland) in a third-set tie-break to lift the over-55 women's doubles crown. She also teamed up with Bob Barratt (Buxton) to win the mixed doubles after the pair saw off husband and wife partnership, David and Christine Windmill.

Winters said: "I've had a very successful year so far and I'm really pleased with what I've done. Being asked to captain England is the icing on the cake."

Fisher missed the chance to clinch the over-65 singles at the Scottish Indoor Championships when she lost 6-1, 6-4 in the final to Great Britain veteran Christine Lockhart. And the Basford A player and Surrey's Ruth Weston finished runners-up to Lockhart and Eileen Mills in the over-65 doubles after losing in the third set.

BASFORD are organising a pre-season open evening in a bid to entice new members to the club. They hope to attract newcomers of all ages and are opening their doors to the public on Wednesday, March 31 (6.30pm), when players will be invited to take part in a series of fun matches.

Sentinel, 23 March 2010
Courtesy of The Sentinel News & Media

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