The 3rd Round of the Winter Mixed Doubles league was on Sunday 2nd December and the reports of these matches are included in last month’s post – click here…
Round 4 of the Men’s Doubles was the following weekend and our Men’s 1 team had a difficult trip to Maidenhead in Division 2 to play their 2nd team and were unlucky not to have come away with at least a point. David Smith & Jon Blatchford faced a very strong home pair, Alexander Trill & Matthew Sanjo, and they narrowly lost the first set 6-7 and then the second 2-6. Andy Sayer & James Brennan had a great start against Gareth Jackson & Max Slater, winning the first set 6-0, but they narrowly lost the second 5-7 and lost the deciding tie-break. Sayer & Brennan lost quite easily to Trill & Sanjo, 0-6 2-6, but Smith & Blatchford put up a good fight against Jackson & Slater only to lose 7-5 4-7 0-1, the 3rd tie-break to go the way of the hosts. So a 4-0 win for Maidenhead that in no way reflected the nature of the match. Hopefully the team can pick up points in the new year at home against Bisham Abbey who are currently bottom of the division.
Men’s 2 hosted David Lloyd Berkshire 2 at Crowthorne TC and it was plain sailing for the home side with the visitors only amassing 17 games in a 4-0 win for the Crows. As is sometimes the case with players used to playing in predictable conditions indoors, free of wind and low winter sun, they had no answer to the Crows side who were determined to dominate to the end of the match. Matt Paxton & Chris Torkington set the scene with a 6-3 6-3 win over Paul Ibsen & Stuart Lockyear while Russell Finch & Jim Hawes continued the trend by winning 6-1 6-2 against James Fletcher & Bradley Wilson. It got no better in the second round for the visitors with Paxton & Torkington inflicting another 6-1 6-2 drubbing on Fletcher & Wilson and Finch & Hawes rounding the match off with another straight sets win, 6-4 6-1, against Ibson & Lockyear. The team are now at the top of Division 5W on 10 points after two 4-0 wins and two winning draws. Next up, in the new year, are Newbury 1 who have already had a walkover and a concession in two of their 4 matches.
The Men’s 3 match against Wargrave 5 was postponed at Wargrave’s request.
The following weekend the Ladies’ matches were washed out so the next match to report on was a postponed Men’s 3 match at home to Caversham Park 4 in Division 6E. Crowthorne’s Andy Stone & Vince Brooks had a strong start beating Peter Rawlings & Rakesh Bhandari 6-0 6-1, but Andrew Harland & John Paradine pulled one back for the visitors against Joe Forrester & Steve Stow, winning 6-2 6-2. In the second round Stone & Brooks found Harland & Paradine a much tougher proposition than the visitors’ first pair and they loast the first set 6-7 before winning the second 6-4 and clinching the rubber in the deciding tie-break. Rawlings & Bhandari got some revenge in the second round, taking the first set 6-0 against Forrester & Stow, but the second set was closer at 6-4 to the visitors making the result 2-2 on rubbers but 5-4 on sets to Caversham Park with the games score 36-33.
On the same morning our 14U Boys team were away at Wokingham in Division B. Crows’ George Loverdos came back strongly after losing the first set 4-6 against Sean Collier to take the second set 6-1 and win the deciding tie-break. However, Wokingham’s John Jones was too string for Arlo Filley, winning 6-2 6-2 and the Wokingham pair took the doubles 6-1 6-1 to win the tie.