Helensburgh Tennis Club’s ladies' senior first team battled to a draw away to Thorn Park, emerging with a 3-3 draw after a close contest.

At first couple Karrie Walters and Ann Morison collected only one set.

But the second pairing of Gay Black and Yolande Trewhella made up for it by winning two sets in an extremely tight marathon match lasting three hours, consisting of three tie break-sets.

At one set apiece there was everything to play for in the decider, but Gay and Yolande’s slightly more attacking play just enabled them to keep their noses in front and collect it 13-11 in the tie break.

The following week the team were away to Whitecraigs on their slow artificial clay courts.

Karrie and Ann were in much better form than the previous week and ran out very convincing winners in all three sets for the loss of only one game.

Yolande and Gay have made a a habit of long matches this season and this one again was no exception.

The home pair quickly won the first set but, having got to grips with the slower pace of the balls, Gay and Yolande won the second 6-4.

They then raced into a 3-0 lead in the decider, only to be pegged back by a determined Whitecraigs pair who employed the drop shot to great effect and eventually wore down the visitors, winning the final set 7-5.

However the Helensburgh side emerged as 4-2 winners overall and now travel away again to Western next week for their final match.

The ladies' third team travelled to Glasgow’s west end to play Broomhill.

Joanna Crumless and Sue Macrae hardly put a foot wrong in the first set winning it 6-1.

Broomhill came back to take the second set 2-6 but Joanna and Sue raised their game to take the third set 6-2.

Janette Howieson and Alison Fotheringham had a very tough match and clinched the opening set 7-5.

Every game thereafter went to deuce with Janette and Alison losing out both remaining sets by the closest of margins 4-6, 4-6. Final score a 3-3 draw.