PERSHORE men hosted their first National Premier Tennis League match of the season, beating Lansdowne from Bath 3-1.

Club coaches Mike Crooks and Mike Langston put in two strong displays, beating the number one pair of Rob MacArdle and Pete Hoyland 10-3 in an exciting third-set tie-break.

They then beat Stuart Smith and Oscar Wain comfortably 6-2, 6-1.

Pershore’s county players Jamie Marks and Richard Tuck opened with a win against the Bath second pair 6-4, 6-2 but came up short against MacArdle and Hoyland, losing 6-3, 6-1.

The indoor doubles competition runs to the national finals in April with eight teams in Pershore’s group which they last appeared in five years ago.

Anyone interested in Pershore Tennis Centre can call manager Sarah Eaton on 01386-556677.