Norfolk’s well-earned point from trip to Berkshire

Malcolm Lovatt
Thursday, January 10, 2013
1:58 PM

Norfolk’s county second team had their first away match of the season against Berkshire 2nds.

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With a full strength squad, Norfolk were confident at getting a result which could earn them second position in the league behind leaders, Bedfordshire.

Norfolk started strongly with the men’s singles. Dan Leers and Alex Wyett wasted no time in winning both their singles in straight sets, Leers only allowing his opponent a total of 11 points in the whole game.

Berkshire struck back with the ladies singles, Serena Verney and Lucy Curran both losing. However, both were extremely close matches with 22-20 in the second set.

With the match score tied, Norfolk needed a solid doubles performance to keep on track against what was looking to be a strong home team.

Unfortunately, it was not to be with all four men’s doubles going to the home team. All were close, Leers and Paul Daynes losing both their games in three sets and Wyett and James Ruthen losing one of theirs in three.

The ladies doubles proved more successful, Amber Nielsen and Katie Ruthen battled through both of their games, the highlight being a second set victory against the Berkshire first pair, 24-22. Curran and Verney came so close in both their games, losing 25-23 in the third set against the first pair. Unfortunately they couldn’t convert their efforts into a win for Norfolk. Berkshire now had secured the match victory, but Norfolk still had a chance of gaining a losing point if they could win two out of the three remaining mixed doubles. All games went to three sets. Crucially, Norfolk won two of the rubbers, Daynes and Nielsen and Curran and Ruthen winning their games, claiming a well-earned point for Norfolk.

• Norfolk U15s lost 13-7 at home to a strong Lincs team. With three regulars missing it was always going to be difficult, but the Norfolk team battled hard.

Mixed was played first with Robbie Hobson and Lauren Mortimer picking up Norfolk’s sole game.

The boys had some close singles but Robbie Hobson was the only winner. The girls faired better taking three of the singles games with Lauren Mortimer, Annalise Gray and Lucy Jarvis winning.

All of the level doubles went Lincolnshire’s way with the exception a boys doubles won by James Salter and Robbie Hobson and one girls doubles picked up by Lauren Mortimer and Lucy Jarvis.

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