The final match in our 1st team’s Aegon campaign was an away fixture against Division 3 leaders Windsor 2. Considering the Windsor team had lost just 2 rubbers in the previous 4 matches, a score of 4-2 to the home side was a good result for our side.
David Smith’s opponent in the singles, Marius Biedka, hasn’t lost more than 2 games a set in his singles matches this year so a score of 6-1 6-3 to Biedka represents a fine performance by Smith. James Brennan, rated 7.1, then had the satisfaction of inflicting the first defeat of the season on Toby Warren, a promising youngster rated 5.1, the score a convincing 6-2 6-3 to Brennan. Andy Sayer, rated 9.1 lost his singles match 1-6 0-6 to Andrew Mustill, rated 5.2, who had already won four matches love and love this season – so no disgrace there. John Phillips was disappointed to lose 6-7 5-7 against Peter Stephens, another player yet t o lose a singles match this season.
In the doubles, Smith and Phillips were able to get some revenge by winning a close match 7-6 6-7 1-0 against Warren and Biedka but Brennan and Sayer had no answers agaunst Mustill and Stephens, losing 1 and 1.
So, at the end of a fine season for Crowthorne’s 1st Aegon team, it’s 2nd place in Division 3 and, hopefully, promotion to Division 2 next year. Men’s captain Russell Finch noted with some satisfaction that the team should overtake Bracknell 2 and 3 who finished in the bottom two places in Division 2 and should be in Division 3 next year.
After a gruelling debut for most of the players, our 2nd Aegon team ended the season with a fine performance against GDT Slough in Division 5C. They finished 3-3 and, although they lost the deciding shootout and therefore win no points, a rule which seems most unjust, they have gained useful esperience and can be proud of their season.
Chris Torkington at No.1 for the Crows lost 4-6 1-6 against the visiting top player Arun Vasudeva Rao but Ben Grainger at No. 2 levelled the score with a 6-4 6-2 victory against Falco Niecoop. Simon Usher was unlucky not to get something out of hi match against Bernado Contrero Jimenez, losing 6-7 2-6. but Chris Beckingham put in a strong performance to win 6-3 6-3 against Gurchat Lasher.
Torkington and Grainger won a close doubles against Rao and Niecoop 6-4 7-6 but Usher and Beckingham just missed out in another close doubles, 3-6 5-7 against Jimenez and Lasher. With the score at 3-3, it was the visitors who won the shootout and took the points.