July 24 2014 Latest news:
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
The Grove ladies first team have paved the way to defend the Essex Cup trophy after a hard-fought semi-final win over Westcliffe Hard Ladies.
Alice McGee and Beth Will squeezed a four set advantage against both of their pairs, whilst Trisha Esplin and Julia Westnedge were unlucky to lose a tie break against their first pair, and losing 4-6 2-6 in the second rubber.
The match was drawn at four sets each which meant it went to a deciding championship tie break. McGee and Esplin pairedup to win the match 11-9, after saving a match point for Westcliffe at 8-9.
A succession of great volleys by Esplin, following some superlative cross court play by McGee cemented a place in the final against Cranston Park on June 29.
The Walden club had won the title for the first time last year.