Success for the U18’s for Cambs in the 12 Counties

Friday, February 01, 2013

Both the boys and girls won in contrasting styles as Cambs look to get back to division 1 of the 12 Counties event that is held at Corby, Northampton.

Playing Suffolk, Nottinghamshire and Hereford & Worcs the boys got off to a great start with a 4-0 win over our neighbours, Suffolk. Will Huyton, Tom Hands and CJ Kindred all winning in a match tiebreak against James Ling, Toby Cutting and Jared Bones respectively. It was easier for Ben Clark though, playing at number two behind Will Huyton and he came through 4-2 4-1 against Ben Jones. This turned out to be the toughest match of the day and the players knew it would be at the start of the day.

For the girls, Suffolk couldn’t field a team and so they got a w/o.

It was slightly easier for the boys against Nottinghamshire and it was another 4-0 win for the boys without dropping a set. CJ Kindred getting a good win against a player two ratings higher.

For the girls, they played Hereford & Worcs 1st and they were playing full sets and Zoe Douglas, at one had to work for her win with a 3-6 6-2 (6) win before Alice Taylor, Stella Gordon and Natalie Bacon all winning in straight sets to gain a valuable 4-0 win.

The last round of matches meant the boys were up against H & W and Huyton got them off to a good start with a hard fought match tiebreak win before Ben Clark dropped his 1st sets of the day as he lost 2-4 2-4 to Jamie Marks. However, Tom Hands whitewashed his opponent 4-0 4-0 before CJ Kindred won 4-2 4-2 which meant Cambs finished 1st and only dropping one match all day.

The girls last match of the day came down to the wire and it was a straight knockout against Notts as both Cambs and Notts beat H&W 4-0. It meant whoever won this match came 1st.

Douglas won in straight sets 6-3 6-3 before Alice Taylor lost a close match 4-6 4-6. Stella Gordon managed to win the 2nd set but it wasn’t enough as she lost on a match tiebreak before Natalie Bacon won a tight match 6-4 6-4.

It meant the match was tied at two matches a piece and so it came down to the number of sets won through out the day - Stella Gordon’s set against Notts turned out to be the deciding set as that gave Cambs an extra set to place Cambs top of the table.

The remaining age groups will play in the next few months and the overall winner of the group will get promoted to division 1.



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