Leamington team had all arrived in good time, however only Richard MacAlister of the Jesmond pair had appeared. There was no sign of Felix White, although desperate attempts were made to contact him. The first rubber had to be conceded.
Match score 1-0 to Leamington.
The second rubber was the “first singles” between Ollie Martyn-Hemphill, a Durham Uni student, and Freddie Dixon from Leamington. Ollie’s lower handicap suggested a relatively straight-forward win, but he looked a little rusty and made too many unforced errors. Freddie played well and held his nerve to win 6-5, 6-4.
2-0 to Leamington.
The next rubber was the “second singles” between Paul Hetherington and Robert Frost. Robert produced some remarkable shots, but Paul was steadier and stayed in control to win 6-1, 6-4.
2-1 to Leamington.
This was followed by the “third singles” between Alex Dyter and Chris Kroeger. Chris played well with a tricky left-handed railroad serve and strong forehand volleys and ground shots, but Alex kept his composure and all-court game and won 6-5, 6-2.
So the match score was now 2-2.
The deciding rubber was the “first doubles” between Jesmond captain, John Duns, and Mark Dickinson, and Rob Stewart and Rob Allsop. The home side played a poor first set to lose 6-1. Perhaps John was still thinking about the earlier doubles mix-up! But, he and Mark changed the service receiver and began to battle for every point, winning the set 6-1 to even up the match. The Leamington pair did not contest the last game in the set in order to stay at the receiving end so that they could change the service receiver again back to the first set arrangement. It made no difference. The momentum had shifted and John and Mark powered on to win the deciding set 6-1 and the
match score 3-2 to JDRTC
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