Shropshire over-45s open tennis season in style at Gloucestershire
30th June 2016
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Shropshire men’s over-45s tennis team enjoyed a winning start to the season as they target promotion to the first division of the Aegon County Championship after last year's near miss.

An impressive win

Shropshire opened their second division campaign in style by securing an impressive 3-2 away win against a Gloucestershire side just relegated from division one.

Pete Gillespie, Simon Bird, Robin Morris and Simon Jones teamed up to ensure Shropshire came out on top in a well contested match at East Gloucestershire Tennis Club in Cheltenham.

Jones said: "After the disappointment of just missing out on promotion last season due to a count back that went down to games won, it was a great start to the season as Gloucestershire are one of the favourites to go straight back up into division one."


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Above: The Shropshire over-45s side which started the season with an impressive away win at Gloucestershire, from left, Simon Bird, Pete Gillespie, Simon Jones and Robin Morris.

Honours even

The first singles game saw Gillespie beat Neil Howitt 7-6, 6-2, but Bird was then beaten 1-6, 3-6 by Guy Sellek to leave honours even.

The opening doubles rubber went Shropshire's way with Morris and Jones overcoming Charlie Barber and Rob Elvidge 6-4, 3-6, 10-6 in the championship tie break.

The second round

The second round of doubles matches saw Morris and Jones beaten 1-6, 0-6 by Howitt and Sellek, but with the pressure on it was left to Gillespie and Bird to seal overall victory for the county as they notched an emphatic 6-1, 6-0 win over Barber and Elvidge in the decider. 

Shropshire's next match is at home against Dorset at The Shrewsbury Club on July 23.

They will then face Berkshire away on August 20 before two more home games, against South Wales on September 3 and Avon on September 11.

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