Shropshire’s men’s tennis team delighted to secure Over-35s County Cup promotion

Shropshire’s men’s tennis team have secured promotion in the LTA’s Over-35s County Cup.

Pictured celebrating promotion at Eastbourne’s Devonshire Park are Shropshire’s over-35s men’s team, from left, James Knight, Adam Baldwin, Ian Gillespie (captain), Hugh Jaques and Chris Dowden
Pictured celebrating promotion at Eastbourne’s Devonshire Park are Shropshire’s over-35s men’s team, from left, James Knight, Adam Baldwin, Ian Gillespie (captain), Hugh Jaques and Chris Dowden

Led by captain Ian Gillespie, Shropshire topped Group 5A at Eastbourne and can now look forward to competing at a higher level next summer.

Gillespie was delighted with the efforts of his team as they impressed on the grass courts at Devonshire Park.

“It’s really pleasing to get promotion having been relegated in unfortunate circumstances in the last two years,” said Gillespie.

“We’re now back in division four and our target is to return to division three as that’s where we feel we probably should be.”

The county were scheduled to play three matches in Eastbourne, but Northumberland withdrew from the competition.

That left matches against Staffordshire, which Shropshire won 5-0, before promotion was secured with a 4-1 victory over Durham & Cleveland.

Gillespie was joined on County Cup duty on the south coast by Hugh Jaques, Adam Baldwin, James Knight and Chris Dowden.

“It was a brilliant weekend,” said Gillespie. “It was disappointing not to have a match on Saturday following the withdrawal of Northumberland.

“But we played Staffordshire and got off to a good start with a 5-0 victory. Durham & Cleveland gained the same result against them, so that meant it came down to the final fixture.

“We knew that was going to be the crunch tie and we managed to get off to a great start in the singles with two good wins in straight sets for myself and Hugh Jaques, which was then followed by the doubles.

“Everybody chipped in which was good. It was a good team performance and everyone was involved.”

Gillespie and his team mates enjoyed playing at Devonshire Park, which hosts the prestigious Nature Valley International event just before Wimbledon each summer.

“It’s an impressive venue,” added the Shropshire captain. “They hold some big tournaments down there and it’s always a nice event at Eastbourne.”

Shropshire’s over-35s ladies team took part in the County Cup in Eastbourne earlier this month, finishing third in Group 5B topped by East of Scotland.

They were beaten 4-1 by the eventual group winners on the opening day before responding positively to overcome South of Scotland 4-1 the following day, a result which consolidated their place at the same level next summer.

A Shropshire side featuring Holly Mowling, Cheryl Evans, Natalie Freegard and Clare Robinson then ended with defeat at the hands of Nottinghamshire.

“Some great tennis was played,” said Shropshire captain Lisa Nixson. “Three of our players had also just played County week, so it was a long two weeks of grass court tennis for them.

“As ever, it was always a pleasure to play on the beautiful grass courts at Devonshire Park.”

Supporting Shropshire Live...
Shropshire Live
Shropshire Live has been providing Shropshire with independent news and entertainment since 2009. Send us your news to or call 01743 818 095. For advertising information call Fiona on 01743 816 817.
- Advertising -

Featured Articles

Shropshire Oktoberfest returns to Shrewsbury

The huge beer tent for Shropshire Oktoberfest is due to return to Shrewsbury’s Quarry Park on the 4 and 5 October 2019.
4 ladies with Fizz

Proms & Prosecco in the Park at Chetwynd Deer Park returns this September

Proms & Prosecco in the Park at Chetwynd Deer Park returns for its third year on 14th September, with a fabulous combination of music, food and fizz for all the family to enjoy!
aico building

Aico Open Day to welcome local community and employees

Aico, the Market Leader in domestic Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms, will be relocating in October 2019 to a brand-new purpose-built three storey building in Oswestry.
Midlands Air Ambulance - Generic

Driver airlifted with serious injuries following collision on A41 at Tong

The driver of a car was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries following a collision on the A41 at Tong this afternoon.

Two people dead and one critical in Church Stretton collision

Police are appealing for witnesses after two cars collided on Saturday killing two people and leaving one person in a critical condition.
An artist impression of the planned health and medical development for Whitchurch

Plans for health and medical development in Whitchurch resubmitted

Plans for a health and medical development for Whitchurch have been resubmitted for consideration by planners.

Match Preview: Shrewsbury Town V Southend United

Shrewsbury Town will be looking to build some much-needed momentum when they face beleaguered Southend United on Tuesday evening.

Match Report: AFC Wimbledon 1 – 1 Shrewsbury Town

Shrewsbury Town prevent a third successive away defeat as debutant Jason Cummings ensures the spoils are shared.

Match Preview: AFC Wimbledon v Shrewsbury Town

Shrewsbury Town prepare for their first league fixture in a fortnight as Sam Ricketts receives a double fitness boost.
- Advertising -

Mercedes-Benz of Shrewsbury partners with Shrewsbury Town in the Community

Shrewsbury Town in the Community has partnered with Mercedes-Benz of Shrewsbury, which will see the car-dealership gain the naming rights of the Football Hub.
John Merry, head of employment at Lanyon Bowdler

Free advice for Shropshire businesses at employment law event

Shropshire businesses will get the chance to be updated on the very latest employment law changes at a series of seminars in October.
Staff at Ludlow firm held events throughout the past year for the charity Hands Together, a group which co-ordinates volunteers and other charities to support community cohesion and aid local people

Kind-hearted Ludlow lawyers donate to charity Hands Together

A Ludlow law firm has donated over £1,500 to a local charity which supports vulnerable people.
One of the many photos on display at the exhibition. Photo: Dave Bagnall

Ironbridge towers seen through the lens at photography exhibition

As time ticks away before the iconic Ironbridge cooling towers are demolished, an exhibition showing pictures of the landmark through the years will be on display during the Festival of Imagination.
Locomotive Standard 4 No. 75069, which was damaged back in July and has now been repaired. Photo: CG Wright

Locomotive repaired and back in action for Steam Gala

A newly-restored steam locomotive which was damaged when a tree fell across the line at the Severn Valley Railway is back in action in time for next week’s Autumn Steam Gala.
Llarni with her dad Chic Bates

Llarni scaling new heights for Shrewsbury legend dad

A Shrewsbury woman is scaling in heights as a tribute to her dad who is a football club ‘legend’ in the town.
- Advertising -
The cast of Aladdin at Shrewsbury's Theatre Severn. Photo: Chris Pritchard

Theatre Severn pantomime Aladdin to take audiences on a magic carpet ride of fun

The cast of Aladdin at Theatre Severn has been unveiled as the venue prepares to repeat the success of last year's pantomime Mother Goose.
Councillor Rae Evans with the Jack and the Beanstalk cast. Photo: Telford & Wrekin Council

Telford’s Jack and the Beanstalk panto to offer something for the whole family

Jack and the Beanstalk at The Place will offer something for the whole family this Christmas as Telford's 20th pantomime is celebrated.
Celebrating its 70th birthday this year, City of Wells is known for its dramatic chimney eruptions when working hard, earning it the nickname ‘Volcano’

Volcanic action and non-stop steam at flagship Severn Valley Railway gala

A feast for steam enthusiasts of all ages is on the cards as the Severn Valley Railway prepares for its 2019 Autumn Steam Gala.
James Sherwin is the founder and owner of Wild Shropshire Restaurant, located at Tern Hill Farmhouse in North Shropshire

Double win for Wild Shropshire Restaurant at The Restaurant Awards 2019 Midlands Edition

Wild Shropshire Restaurant, Tern Hill, has been picked as a winner in two categories in the inaugural Restaurant Awards 2019 Midlands Edition.
Salopian Brewery are celebrating their award win

International Beer Challenge success for Salopian Brewery

Salopian Brewery is celebrating following success at the 2019 International Beer Challenge.

Shropshire Oktoberfest returns to Shrewsbury

The huge beer tent for Shropshire Oktoberfest is due to return to Shrewsbury’s Quarry Park on the 4 and 5 October 2019.
- Advertisment -

Featured Articles


scattered clouds
8.7 ° C
12.2 °
6.1 °
87 %
32 %
14 °
17 °
18 °
19 °
12 °
- Advertisment -
- Advertisment -

Latest Articles

- Advertisment -