Sisters enjoy sweet taste of success

Glorious sunshine greeted 32 pairs of ladies for the annual Vanilla Ladies Doubles Charity tournament - this year in aid of the East Anglia Children's Hospice - at East Anglia Tennis & Squash Club.

Glorious sunshine greeted 32 pairs of ladies for the annual Vanilla Ladies Doubles Charity tournament - this year in aid of the East Anglia Children's Hospice - at East Anglia Tennis & Squash Club.

The morning sessions saw four pairs in eight groups vie for the first and second place as they played seven games with a sudden-death deuce rule to go through to the afternoon knock-out session.

After two rounds, Annie Cowper-Johnson and Diana Hale from Cromer, Val Woodhouse and Belinda Cammell from Holt, Dawn Thompson and Diane Bush from Norwich and Donna Andrews and Bronya Cluer from Norwich went through to the semi-finals - from which Annie and Diana and Donna and sister Bronya emerged the victors.

The final was played in front of a large crowd of ladies enjoying the weather, with Donna and Bronya repeating their 2005 performance to capture the trophy.

Vanilla proprietor, Anita Vadhir, presented the winners with bouquets and the perpetual cup and the runners-up received bouquets donated by Hadley Taylor Estate Agents.

Anita thanked everyone for coming, for EAT&SC the use of their courts, manager Keel Broom for looking after the bar, Derek Perry for refereeing and the helpers in the kitchen.

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The raffle and silent auction with gifts from Morston Hall; The Last Wine Bar; The Kings Head, Brooke; The Gamekeeper, Old Buckenham; Brian Cooper Sports and EAT&SC raised just short of £2,000.

On September 12, EAT&SC hosts the Louise Willgrass Memorial Tennis Tournament in aid of the Tsunami Fund. Some spaces are still available - call Diane Bush for an entry form on 01603 478479 or email dianebush@ntlworld.com

t There are plenty of tournaments on offer in Norfolk starting on July 30 with the 52nd Cromer Junior Open held on fabulous grass courts considered on a par in quality with Wimbledon.

August 6 sees the start of the Pilch Sports Junior Parks at Pinebanks followed by the Lakenham Junior Open on August 13.

Hunstanton caters for all junior and senior age groups with play commencing on Sunday, August 19 closely followed by the final tournament of the summer, the Norfolk Junior & Senior Closed, at Lime Tree Road from Sunday, August 26. For more information on all these tournaments and others in the East Anglia region call Tennis East on 01223 210111 or email tenniseast@lta.org.uk

For information on tennis clubs in Norfolk, call the Norfolk LTA on 01603 477489.