Dyke secured the 2019 Parks League Division 1 title last night after a hard fought draw away to Hove.
Needing to win all four matches to overtake Dyke at the top of the table, the final 2-2 scoreline meant Hove had to settle for second place.
“It’s been a long, tough season, and this is a fantastic way to end. It’s been a team effort, and we’re delighted to have the Charles Beckett Shield back at Dyke,” said team captain Sebastian Puga.
BHPLTA’s Mick Cox said: “There are 16 competitors here and they’re all good players. The quality has been excellent – a great advertisement for the Parks League.”
Each Parks League team is made up of eight players, four female and four male, split into four doubles pairs: mixed 1, mixed 2, mens pair and ladies pair.
Before the competition got underway, Hove captain Stephen Milonas outlined his team’s simple strategy: “Stop Seb.”
Dyke’s Seb Puga, the three time Parks Cup mens singles champion, has lost only one Parks League fixture all season (to Park Avenue).
Unfortunately for Hove, Puga – brilliantly supported by Joanna Marlow – wrapped up the competition with a 6-3, 6-2 victory in the Mixed 1 tie over Hove’s Basia Suzin and David Redinha. That result effectively secured the title for Dyke.
The Mixed 2 was won by Hove’s Milonas and Joanna Davies, with the Pollard Brothers (Josh & Tom, Hove) winning the mens doubles tie.
Dyke’s Kim Dawson and Emily London won the ladies soubles. See full results below.
Elsewhere, Dyke C have secured the |Division 3 title, and Hove D have won Division 4.
Division 2 still has one game outstanding to decide the winners between Dyke A and Hove B.
Many thanks to Mick Cox and Jon Lightbody for all their efforts this season.
RESULTS, Hove vs Dyke, Wednesday 28 August 2019
Mixed 1: Joanne Marlow & Sebastian Puga (Dyke) def. Basia Suzin & David Redinha (Hove) 6-3, 6-2
Mixed 2: Stephen Milonas & Joanna Davies (Hove) def Nick Saxon & Amanda Tickel (Dyke) 7-5, 3-6, 6-0
Mens: Josh Pollard & Tom Pollard (Hove) def. Marco Benedetto & Rob Bromley (Dyke) 6-3, 7-6 [14-12]
Ladies: Kim Dawson & Emily London (Dyke) def. Morna Fox &b Savii Arsenova 6-2, 2-6, 6-4.
Final result: 2-2