On Saturday, Men’s 1 travelled to Woolton Hill hoping to continue their unbeaten record in Division 4B. In a match interrupted by smoke from a nearby farm, the team came away with a 2-2 draw, winning the match 40-35 on games. David Smith & James Brennan couldn’t quite clinch the second set gainst Jamie O’Donnell & Ollie White, losing it on a tie-break after the first had slipped away 2-6. Matt Paxton & Mark Lardner restored parity with a 6-3 6-4 win against Carl Gorman & Michael Fidler but weren’t good enough to beat O’Donnel & White, going down 4 & 4. However, with Smith & Brennan cruising through 6-0 6-3 against Gorman & Fidler, the win on games was assured. The team remain top of the table having already beaten the teams in 2nd and 3rd place so look on course to finish top.
The seconds played BCS 2 at home in Division 4A and their 3-1 win keeps them in the hunt for promotion following their setback against Division leaders Peppard in their last outing. Andy Sayer & Jon Blatchford hung on against John Macdonald & Gary Oates after losing the first set 4-6, winning the second set tie-break and then winning the third set. Jim Hawes & Anthony Hayes completed a routine 6-1 6-1 win over Richard Cartright & Brendan Togher befor Sayer & Blatchford sealed the win with a 6-0 6-1 win over the same pair. Hawes & Hayes lost their second rubber 1-6 4-6 but it made no difference, the Crows team taking all 3 points.
On Sunday, we had two Boys 18U teams playing at the same time, Caversham Park having been persuaded to play their match on our courts, and, following a difficult season, it was good to see some good performances in both matches. Owen Lawrence & Thomas Opalka were facing a team from Caversham Park who headed the division and the three rubbers could hardly have been any closer. Lawrence started with a 7-6 7-5 loss against Reza Batley while Opalka was winning 7-5 7-5 against Ali Batley. In the doubles, the Crows’ pair started well, winning the first set 7-5 but lost the second 4-6 and then lost the tie-break. So, although the match was lost 1-2, it was one of the team’s best performances of the season. In the other match, against Windsor, Rory Williams lost 1-6 0-6 against Matthew Hinds but Callan Pratt squared the contest with 6-0 6-1 win over John McCaig. The 2-1 win was completed with a 6-1 6-3 win in the doubles, however, it was changed to 3-0 following the discovery that Windsor had fielded an ineligible player with too high a rating, presumably Matthew Hinds. Later still, Windsor were scratched from the division, for fielding ineligible players and conceding a match, which is a pity because it was a win for Crowthorne who lose the points earned. Anyway, it was a good day for Crowthorne’s Boys and we look forward to some more good performances in the winter.
On Monday night our Men’s O55 team faced Maidenhead B at home in Division 1 and after a long match that included five tie-break sets, they came away with a 2-2 winning draw. With sets even at 5 each the result came down to games and the Crows team prevailed winning by 48 games to 41. Adrian Draffin & David Stone set the trend with a 6-1 6-7 7-5 marathon win against Paul Ernest & Andrew Guest while Vince Brooks & Andy Stone were battling against Peter Tarvin & Graham Jones only to lose an even longer rubber 6-7 7-6 5-7. In the second round, Draffin & Stone got away quickly, winning the first set 6-0 and the second 7-6 against Tarvin & Jones and it was probably that first set that, in the end, made the difference. Brooks & Stone put up another good fight against Ernest & Guest but succumbed 3-6 6-7, completing their third tie-break of the evening. The winning draw was a good result against the team who currently head the division having previously lost only to their club’s A team.