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Team pictured from left to right: Jack Stamp, Indy Weir, Hugo Dunn and Sam Evans pictured with captain Richard Morley.
Day 1 - Saturday 27 May
The boys were all fantastic today.
We played Lincolnshire first, and the scores were as follows:-
1, Indy Weir v Chase Burgess Lost 3-5/5-3 (8-10)
2, Jack Stamp v Noah Freedman Lost 4-5 (2-7) 4-5 (4-7)
3, Samuel Evan v William Pettitt Won 4-2/4-2
4, Hugo Dunn & Indy Weir v Chase Burgess & Noah Freeman Lost 4-5 (4-7) 4-1 (10-12)
As you can see, Samuel won his match convincingly, and the 3 matches lost were all close, Jacks on two tiebreaks, and Indy's singles and doubles with Hugo were both lost on very close match tiebreaks that went to the wire!
We then played Derbyshire and the scores were as follows:-
1, Indy Weir v Ben Aldabass Lost 1-4/4-1 (5-10)
2, Jack Stamp v Harry Cooper Lost 2-4/2-4
3, Hugo Dunn v Dylan Davies Lost 5-4 (10-8) 2-4 (8-10)
4, Samuel Evans & Jack Stamp v Alex Currie & Samuel Hadley Won 4-2/1-4 (10-2)
Although Jack lost his singles, it was much closer than the score suggested. Indy and Hugo were very unfortunate to lose, again in two more very close match tiebreaks!
Sam and Jack dominated their doubles match tiebreak, to give us a deserved match win!
It was disappointing for the boys to not get a team win today, but they battled hard and really did deserve more!
Although we lost both matches 3-1, we almost won both matches at the same time!
I was really happy with our teams efforts, honesty and sportsmanship.
They can all take pride in the fact that Nottingham were outstanding in these areas, and I was proud of each and every one of them.
Hoping for better luck tomorrow?
Day 2 - Sunday 28th May
The boys were all brilliant once again today.
We played Northamptonshire first.
The results were as follows:-
1, Indy Weir v Joseph Brading Lost 2-4/2-4
2, Samuel Evans v Ilian Angelov Lost 4-0/4-0
3, Hugo Dunn v Joshua Roberts Lost 1-4/5-4 (3-7)
4, Samuel Evans & Jack Stamp v Ilian Angelov and Joshua Roberts Lost 0-4/2-4
An experienced Northamptonshire team took all 4 rubbers, and although Hugo pulled the second set back from 3-1 down, to take it to a tiebreak, and looked like he was going to win, it didn't quite work out, and we were beaten quite convincingly in the end.
Our final match was against Leicestershire, and the scores were as follows:-
1, Indy Weir v Will Cross Won 4-5 (4-7) 5-4 (7-4) (10-3)
2, Jack Stamp v Alfie Clarkson Lost 2-4/0-4
3, Hugo Dunn v Harry Bell Won 4-2/5-3
4, Hugo Dunn & Indy Weir v Alfie Clarkson & Taylor Elliot Won 5-4 (7-5) 4-5 (3-7) (10-3)
The boys did it, they got their first win, and they so deserved it!
Hugo got us off to a flying start with our first, first match win.
Jack then lost to a strong number 2, never giving up and always trying something new.
Indy kept us on our seats once again, with each set being decided on a tiebreak, before going on to win the match tiebreak.
Finally luck had turned in our favour!
Nottingham now just needed to win their final doubles match for our first team win, which was won in dramatic fashion, once again with each set going to a Tiebreak, and finally winning on a match tiebreak.
Final standings were:-
3rd/4th/5th all on equal points, and decided on rubbers won!
I was so pleased and proud of each and every player who participated for Nottingham. They gave it their all and more, and although down until the final Team match, we were never out, we stuck at it and we got our first win in our final match.
This demonstrated what big hearts all our players had, and to be able to compete for every point until the very end, having lost all previous matches, was an incredible achievement, and we all came away feeling like winners.
I feel great pride having been part of it.
Well done boys, parents and grandparents. All were fantastic!!!
Richard Morley – Team Captain