TENNIS: Windley sisters star as Lincolnshire win promotion

Jade and Charlotte Windley with their Lincolnshire teammates
Jade and Charlotte Windley with their Lincolnshire teammates

Tattershall based sisters Jade and Charlotte Windley have that champion feeling.

They have just helped Lincolnshire clinch promotion to Division Four of the Summer Country Cup Tennis Championships.

The event is made up of seven divisions and every county in Great Britain takes part.

It is solely a doubles event with three pairings from each county each playing three matches per day for five days.

Despite many of their rivals having more players to choose from, Lincolnshire are working their way up to the top, after being in the bottom division not that long ago.

On the first two days, Lincolnshire defeated Staffordshire and Dorset very comfortably.

On day three, they narrowly lost 5-4 to Durham and Cleveland, so it was imperative that the won on the final to have a chance promotion.

On day four, Lincolnshire faced Northumberland who at the time were undefeated and gained a 5-4 victory.

On the final day, Lincolnshire had to win very comfortably in order to be promoted and they did so in style - beating Devonshire 9-0.

The eventual standings were Lincolnshire promoted as champions and Northumberland as runners-up.

It was a huge group effort and Lincolnshire displayed fantastic team spirit throughout the week and maintained a positive determination to come out as overall champions in a tough group.

Some notable pairings on the last day included Sally Pearson with Laura White, Danielle Smith with Lydia Walker, plus Charlotte and Jade.

Jade was only able to join the team for the final two days, but she paired up with her sister and they made a formidable partnership, winning every match they played.

Lincolnshire are already looking forward to the challenge of next year and aim to be promoted for a fourth consecutive year.

The team consisted of Sally Pearson, Lianne Tapson, Jane Hunter, Laura White, Helen Povah, Faye Button, Danielle Smith, Lydia Walker, Charlotte Windley and Jade Windley. Jamie Rigby also played an important part as team trainer and sports therapist.