Aegon 18U Boys County Cup

Monday, February 27, 2017
Aegon 18U Boys County Cup

Hampshire and IOW boys under 18 team were in group 3a which was played at Taunton Tennis Centre.

The team was:  Liam Hignett, Jake Norris, Zizheng Jin, James Blair, Ryan Hutchinson, Ryan Golesworthy, Henry Bowden and Outek Dinapala.

The other counties in our group were: Lancashire, South Wales & Nottinghamshire.

Day 1 – Lancashire

First up for us was a tough match against Lancashire, we took some good wins in the singles from Jin and Ryan Golesworthy to take us to 2-4 with close 3 set losses for Liam and Jake.  We could only win one of the doubles meaning we went down 3-6.

Day 2 – South Wales

Our next match was against a good team in South Wales, we started well with wins for Ryan Golesworthy, Outek, James and Liam to give us a good 4-2 lead but once again our doubles let us down and, despite having 4 match points in the 3rd doubles and going to the match tie break in the first pair, we failed to turn our chances into wins meaning we went down by 4-5.

Day 3 – Nottinghamshire

The final day was against Nottinghamshire who so far had failed to win a single rubber all weekend so we knew if we performed as we know we can getting a win should be on the cards.

A good performance by all the singles line up meant we raced to 6 -0 lead without dropping a set.  This meant that we stayed in group 3.  Being a young team means that all this year’s team will be available for selection next year giving us a great chance of progressing further in 12 month’s time.

Thanks to all the team for a great team spirit and an enjoyable weekend and thanks to my vice captain, Karim Aouichaoui, for his help over the weekend.

Mike Booth - Team Captain



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