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Men's B confirmed as Men's Summer Div 2 Champions

League winning Men's B team members, Tim Healy, Mike Johnson, Jon Clift, Ben Jepson, Ed Blake and new boy Dan Cole after the Salisbury match.

Our Men's B team were duly confirmed as winners of the summer Div 2 (along with promotion to Div 1) despite losing 5-4 to a very strong Salisbury team on saturday

Knowing that only a 9-0 win would keep salisbury up, and Winchester only needed 1 rubber to be crowned as champions, the match was interestingly set, as we travelled up to Salisbury.

As is normally the case we didn't know if we'd be paying on their purple, blue or clay courts, blue it was.

Our no 1 pair of Jon Clift and Ed blake started off against the Salisbury no 3's and battled with the high bouncing blue hard courts as well as the light Penn balls and strong wind, losing 2/3. Next up seasoned veterans Ben Jepson and Tim Healy took on the salisbury no 2's, losing the first set 6-3 as they also battled to adjust before bouncing back and winning the second 6-2 and the 3rd set breaker. Lastly saw 'new boy' Dan Cole who only recently joined the club teaming up with Mike Johnson, unfortunately Dan's first match was one to forget as the Winchester pair also battled with the conditions losing to the no 1's 1/2.

So 2-1 down after the first round with salisbury relegated and Winchester champions, but pride now to play for.

Jon/Ed, played dome excellent tennis to beat their no 1s, in a 3rd set breaker, Mike/Dan, also succeeded in a 3rd set breaker but Ben/Tim succumbed to their no 3's 5/1

Now 3-3 with all to play for. unfortunately Ben/Tim lost to their 1's 4/1, but Jon/Ed beat their 2's 4/2 leaving things interestingly poised at 4-4. Mike/Dan lost the first set 6-4 but played well to fight back and win the second with the same score. The 3rd set breaker to decide the match and the overall pressure.....well, it was close, but Mike and Dan came up just short losing 10-8

A great debut for Dan and overall an excellent result for the team. Joining our A team in Div 1 in 2015. Let's hope we can stay up!

Thanks to everybody who played this season, and congratulations again

Mike Johnson and Patrick Warburton (capt)

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