This year’s competition was held over the weekend of the 5th to 7th August 2016 in Eastbourne.
The team was: Wendy Burnston, Claire Coomer, Sue Espley, Lynne Jackson, Fiona Nicholson, Victoria Pine
The other counties in our division 5A were: Cornwall, Cheshire and West of Scotland
Day 1 vs Cornwall
Victoria and Sue played the singles matches whilst Fiona and Wendy played the first doubles match in the first round. Victoria and Wendy and Fiona won their matches, Victoria playing her first ever 35's event.
In the second round Fiona and Wendy stayed on and played the second doubles match and then Claire and Lynne came on to play the 5th rubber both won convincingly giving us an end of day result 4-1 to Hampshire.
Day 2 vs Cheshire
The team remained the same as the Day 1.
We had some very tight matches in the singles and the doubles in the first round but sadly no one was able to take the match, so we went into the second round 3-0 down.
In the second-round again both doubles players fought hard and had long matches but were unable to convert the tie-break. End of day result 5-0 to Cheshire.
Day 3 vs West of Scotland
It was a damp misty morning so play didn't start until 2pm. This meant that we were only going to have time to the first round. Sue and Vicky played the singles whilst Lynne and Claire played the doubles.
Vicky played a great match to win in 2 sets whilst Sue lost in 2. This meant that the doubles was the deciding match which Claire and Lynne won convincingly in very blustery conditions. This gave Hampshire a 2-1 win.
Overall group result was Hampshire & IOW 2nd place, Cheshire won and West of Scotland will be relegated.
Sue Espley, Team Captain