Burnley see off closest rivals to secure league title success

Champions: The Burnley team who have wn the AEGON National Club League Lancashire Division One title
Champions: The Burnley team who have wn the AEGON National Club League Lancashire Division One title

Burnley men won the AEGON National Club League Lancashire Division One on Sunday with a fantastic 8-4 home win against Prestwich.

Burnley were expecting a tough match against the team in second place, but knew a win would secure the title.

First up were the four singles matches.

Ethan Herron got of to a great start against Paul Jepson, and looked comfortable until midway through the first set when he reached for a shot and pulled his back, and Jepson used all his experience and fine array of shots to beat Herron 6-4, 6-3.

On the next court, Adam Walne was in unstoppable form with his powerful serving, storming through the first set 6-1.

At the start of the second set, Walne was also struck by injury, and his Prestwich opponent took full advantage and pulled himself back into the match, winning the set 6-4.

In the tie break, at 8-8, Walne double faulted to give his opponent match points, but hit a clean return winner to go 9-9, and then took the next point to move ahead.

With his first match point, Walne served and followed up with another clean winner to take the set and match.

Steven Holt was involved in another classic, as his opponent dictated the early points from the back of the courtwinning the first set 6-1.

Holt then played a set of brilliant tennis to win the second 6-3.

In the tiebreak, Holt continued where he had left off to win 10-2.

The last singles was Jez Palmer up against Sam Hedge.

Palmer was broken with ease in the first game, but he broke back immediately, and won the next 10 games to put himself 6-1, 4-0 ahead.

Hedge then held serve and broke to trail 4-2, but Palmer broke again and held serve to win the match 6-1, 6-2.

Burnley only needing to win one of the two remaining doubles matches.

Herron and Palmer gave a good account of themselves, playing as first pair, going down in a close match 7-5, 6-4,

Captain Chris Rowell and Mick Harris needed to win to win the match, and they did this in style, using all their experience to thrash their Prestwich opponents in a display of dominant serve and volleying against their big hitting opponents, winning 6-2, 6-0.

Meanwhile, in the Open League Division One knockout, Burnley were guaranteed a place in the Knockout Final in September after their A and B team set up an all-Burnley semi-final after both recorded great 5-0 quarter-finals wins.

Burnley A beat Blackburn B, while the B team saw odff Crosshills A.

In the Open Division Two and Three Knockout quarter-finals, Burnley D pulled off a great win against Parkwood B, but Burnley C suffered a 5-0 loss to Clitheroe A, who Burnley D will now face in the semi-finals

Burnley Ladies’ A beat Blackburn Northern Ladies A 6-3 to remain top of Division One, and Burnley Ladies’ B team were on the wrong end of an 8-1 defeat by a strong Darwen team.

• The club has been shortlisted by Burnley Council as club of the year. The council will be filming at the club tomorrow, and members are welcome to come down between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to play social tennis on court one, while the Open D team play Accrington on court two and three from 10-30 a.m.

Super Saturdays Junior Tennis is on courts four, five and six from 10 a.m. to noon.