With the first round rained off a few weeks ago we finally got a Mixed team on court with our 2nd team playing Bracknell 3 in Division 6 and winning 3-1. Having odd numbers in each division, meant our 1st team didn’t have a match scheduled. We also granted a postponement to RSF who were due to play our 3rds because they couldn’t raise a team.
It was a close match against Bracknell with three rubbers going to a deciding tie-break, two of which were won by Crowthorne, and two sets decided on tie-breaks, each club winning one. Vince Brooks & Ravinder Norman lost a close first set 5-7 against Andrew Speight & Val Ratcliffe but fought back well to win the second 6-3 and take the deciding tie-break. Mark Callaghan & Alison Nicholson, meanwhile, won their first set against Andrew Kimber & Jane Mulligan 6-2 but narrowly lost the second 6-7 and then lost their deciding tie-break to give the Crows a slight games advantage after the first round. In the second round, Brooks & Norman again lost their first set, this time 2-6 against Kimber & Mulligan, and again recovered to take the second 6-4 and win the deciding breaker. Callaghan & Nicholson were meanwhile cruising through 6-1 against Speight & Ratcliffe before winning a somewhat closer second set 7-6 to secure the 3 points.