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Will and Ben make winning debut in Men’s B team


Will Thompson and Ben Fox debuted in a critical ‘must win’ Men’s B match at Salisbury on Saturday.
A win would secure 3rd place for the Men’s B team in the prestigious Hampshire Babolat Premier League, but a loss could see the team relegated, that’s how tight this league is!

Taking to the high bouncing Salisbury hard courts it took all 3 pairs a while to get used to the courts and the heat. Dan Cole partnered Ben Fox and they put in a good fight against Salisbury’s no 1’s especially in the 2nd set but lost 6-2 7-6.
Harry Stow partnered Will Thompson and they found things hard going against the no2 pair (who should really have been the no1’s) and lost 6-1 6-2.

Paul England and Mike Johnson made hard work of beating the no3 pair 6-4 6-3

So after round 1, we were 2-1 down with work to be done. Dan/Ben unfortunately lost 6-2 6-2, but Will/Harry beat the no3’s 6-1 6-0, and Paul/Mike took forever to beat the no1’s 7-5 7-5

ast round to be played and it couldn’t be closer at 3-3. Dan/Ben made light work of their match winning 6-2 6-1, so now 4-3 up…
Paul/Mike faded somewhat losing their match 6-4 7-6 so that meant 4-4 could Harry/Will pull it off…

Harry/Will won the first set 6-4, but then the second set slipped away on a breaker. So a match breaker to decide the overall outcome. It couldn’t have been closer at 8 points all, but some excellent smashing from Harry, and volleying from Will saw them clinch the last 2 points and the match overall.

Well played to all of the team, especially Will and Ben.

So 3rd overall for the second year running, an excellent effort by the squad – thanks for your commitment it was a fun and successful season
Mike Johnson

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