CRAIGHELEN Tennis Club’s men’s first team secured promotion after winning 13 out of 18 sets in their last two games of the season.

The Craighelen team got off to the perfect start, beating Hamilton 5 by nine sets to love, with all three pairs – Alan MacBeath and Felix Carpenter, Scott Weir and David Thorpe, and Gerry Black and Lewis Graham – winning in fine style.

Needing four sets against Cambuslang 3 to secure promotion, Alan MacBeath and Scott Weir got three of those in one fell swoop, winning 6-2, 6-2, 6-1.

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David Thorpe and Chris Bowman lost their first set 4-6, but they dug deep and took the vital second set 7-6.

They lost the third, while Gerry Black and John Middleton lost all three sets as Craighelen lost the match 5-4 – but with promotion secured, it wasn’t enough to take the shine off an excellent season’s work.

The Craighelen ladies’ third team won their final league match 6-3 against Cambuslang. Amanda Byles and Kathleen Owen lost 0-6, 4-6, 6-4, Elisabeth Sammon and Lorna Hunter won 6-3, 6-4, 6-3, and Dari Young and Fiona Thomson won 6-3, 6-2, 6-7.

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The men’s second team lost their final match to Busby 3 by seven sets to two.

The three Craighelen ladies’ teams will remain in their current leagues for next season, as will the men’s second team.

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