Boys 14U County Cup Report
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This year's 14U boys county cup took place at our home venue of Caunton Tennis Club in North Nottinghamshire against Derbyshire, Shropshire and Herefordshire and Worcestershire (H&W).
On the first day our team of Hugo, Jasper, Ben and James took on a strong Derbyshire team, losing the match 6-0 but getting to 3 match tie breaks - a shame that the match wasn't later in the weekend as it really could have been very close. After this match, the boys responded really well to gain an unassailable lead over Shropshire, 4-0 after the singles with James clinching victory for the team in a match tie break.
On the second day, to continue with Nottinghamshire's philosophy of giving the opportunity to more players, Charlie came into the team to replace James. The day started with a re-jig of doubles pairs seeing both Hugo and Ben, as well as Jasper and Charlie seal a 6-0 victory over Shropshire, making the final match against H&W a playoff for 2nd place in the group. The boys improved in their singles play with Ben showing a much better attitude in set 2 of his match and Jasper battling with 1 hand on his backhand after a wrist injury but H&W played well to gain a 3-0 lead after the first singles matches. Hugo managed to keep Nottinghamshire in the tie with a win, making it all to play for in the doubles.
With Nottinghamshire needing to win both doubles to secure a chance of taking the tie on a match tie-break shootout, things did not look positive after losing both opening sets in the doubles. Hugo and Ben lead the way at number 1 pair, winning their second set after more aggressive play and going on to take their match 10-5! Jasper and Charlie rallied to win their own way into a match tie break, despite Charlie having a dramatic fall and scraping the skin off both hands. Going into the match tie break, with only 1 injury free hand between them, H&W looked to have all but secured the tie when they took a 9-5 lead in the tie break. But after some excellent rallies and battling mentality, the boys completed a famous comeback winning 6 points in a row to take the tie to a final shootout.
Hugo and Jasper were selected for the shootout and it was fitting that they managed to complete yet another comeback of their own, winning the tie break 10-5 from 5-2 down. A great weekend for the boys with lessons to be learnt in mentality on the first day, helping them to steal 2nd place on the final day.
Thanks to everyone who was a part of the weekend and hope the boys have managed to recover OK!
Captain: Andy Higham
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