On Sunday 8th December, the Cambs Senior IInd team faced Leics IIIrds at CRC. Having exchanged the honours 8/7 and 7/8 with the same team last season, a close match was expected.
Cambs' players however were out of the blocks swiftly, with Stephen Pickering, Neil Place and Adele Woodhams all enjoying success in their singles, and Vicky Norris also putting up a brave battle, beaten only 20-22 in the second game.
It was a similar story in the level doubles. Stephen and Abu Kaher, and Neil and Daniel Bates all tore viciously through their Leics opponents in straight games. Adele and Louise Tarbit also won their games, albeit with a mid-match wobble against the Leics second pair. Vicky teamed with Kate Marshall, but they were edged out of both matches, although by a fine margin against the Leics first pair losing 20-22, 18-21.
With a 9-3 lead under their belts, and the full points within their grasp, it was a determined squad which returned to the courts for the mixed round. Neil and Adele enjoyed a topsy-turvy ride, only winning their first end 22-20 before really slotting into gear and taking the second 21-4! Stephen and Louise and Abu and Kate followed them home with similar straight-sets victories.
So the final result was a super 12-3 outcome, and the IInd team go joint top of the Division 5 East table for the time being.
The team celebrated their result by devouring the chocolate orange brownie which had been baked especially for the occasion, and contained *LINDT orange intense dark chocolate*!! It was a confectionery experience which will be tough to top...
The team: Stephen Pickering, Neil Place, Abu Kaher, Daniel Bates (c), Katie Morton, Adele Woodhams, Kate Marshall, Vicky Norris, Louise Tarbit.
More information about results of the Cambs II team is available on the Team Page.