Winchester men regain Solent Cup title...
The Solent Cup is an annual cup contested between the winners of the Southampton tennis League vs the winners of the Portsmouth tennis league. After the Winchester Mens A team secured the Southampton winter league title, they earned themselves another crack at the Solent Cup title which they lost to Warsash last year. The 2015 Solent Cup final would also be a repeat of last years final against Warsash, this time with a home advantage for Winchester.
The first round saw Winchesters 1st pair, Josh Girling & Mike Johnson take on Warsash 2nd pair, Matt Pond and Jake Norris. Whilst Winchesters 2nd Pair Jonathan Clift & Ed Blake took on Martin Wilkinson & Ian Udal. On a fairly windy day, it didn’t take the players long to warm up. Some great doubles played out by all pairs with both Winchester pairs securing tight first sets.
Clift & Blake continued their good form, with some great hands at the net, to secure another tight 2nd set, taking the first match 7-6,7-6. Johnson & Girling on the other hand came up against a fierce performance from Norris and Pond losing out in the end in a deciding 3rd set tie-break.
With the match all square, the players moved into an exciting second round with everything to play for. The second round saw Clift & Blake take on Warsash 2nd pair, whilst Johnson & Girling faced up against the Warsash 1st pair. Clift & Blake were quick to get ahead in their match. Some stylish doubles saw them rush to a 6-1 4-1 lead, whist Johnson & Girling fought out a tight first set, eventually taking it on a tiebreak. By this time Warsash 2nd pair had battled back to 5-5 but Clift and Blake eventually proved too strong and took the match 6-1, 7-5.
With the title all but Winchesters, Girling & Johnson played some of their best tennis to finish with a 7-6, 6-1 victory over Warsash 1st pair. This confirmed the Solent Cup would return to Winchester with the match finishing 3-1 overall. Another great Solent Cup with some amazing tennis all round.
Congratulations to the Winchester Mens team on winning the 2015 Solent Cup!