BEVERLEY Cleaver and Sandie Benham retained their Ladies’ Doubles crown at the Old Basing Lawn Tennis Club Summer Tournament Finals Day.

The reigning champions won a close first set 7-5 over Penny Luke and Jane Hatter, before winning the second 6-1.

The club has run tournaments since 1931 and this year the finals day started in warm weather and ended in heavy rain.

The Men’s Singles saw Phil Dixon put up a good fight in the first set, taking Jamie Thomas to a tie break, before going down 6-2 in the second set, as Thomas won the title for the fourth time.

The Ladies’ Singles saw Jemma Godleman and Penny Luke battling against the inclement weather as well as each other. University student Godleman won her fifth singles title winning 6-3 in a tough match, which was cut short to one set due to the wind and the rain.

The last match to be finished was the Men’s Doubles, a repeat of last year’s final.

This time Andy Mountford and Jamie Thomas were victorious, beating James Chamberlin and Phil Dixon in a closely fought contest 5-7, 6-3, 10-4 as the game ended in heavy rain.

The Mixed Doubles final was a very hard fought three-set match.

Beverley Cleaver and Phil Dixon won the first set convincingly 6-2.

In the second set Penny Luke and Andy Mountford battled back to win it on tie break.

They then won the deciding set 6-3.

The Men’s Handicapped final saw Harvey Loake and Mike Chamberlain beat Nigel Hatt and Brad Shaw 6-4, 6-1.

The Ladies’ Handicapped title went to Cas Lomax and Sarah Lloyd as they overcame Heather Mountford and Lynne Thomas 6-0, 4-6, 6-4.