Cambridgeshire IIIrd team hosted Northamptonshire IIIrds at the weekend for their second ICC Division 5C match, and got their season back on track with a 12-3 win.
Geoff Green and Owen Mugeridge opened proceedings in the first and second men’s singles respectively, with Geoff winning comfortably in straight sets. Owen found the going slightly tougher and lost in two. The ladies were more dominant as both Kate Marshall at first singles and Jess James (J) at second won comfortably in two sets, leaving the score 3-1 to Cambs.
The mens doubles continued in a similar vein, with first pair Will Hodgkinson and Josh Males (J) beating both the Nhants pairs in straight sets. Jet-setting second pair Owen and Damien Dugmore (recently back from the Balkans and China respectively) found the going tougher, losing a very tight game to the Nhants second pair in three sets. They finally found their form against the first pair, winning comfortably in two. 6-2 to Cambs.
The ladies dominated again in the doubles, with both Kate and Jess at first pair and Laurel Bennett and Lisa Lim at second beating both the Nhants pairs. Kate and Jess had a slight stumble against the first pair when they loss the second set, but they came back very strongly in the third to win 21-9. Laurel and Lisa won both their games comfortably. 10-2 to Cambs and all three points staying in Cambridge.
With the match won and all the points decided, the team could have relaxed, but instead maintained their level and took two out of the three mixed games. Scratch first pair Geoff and Kate battled back from a 10-21 loss in the first set to take the second 21-16, but lost out to the experienced Nhants pair 21-18 in the third. Second pair Will and Lisa and third pair Josh and Jess cruised through both of their games in two comfortable sets.
The 12-3 win is a good confidence booster for the team after the Bedfordshire defeat and means they are still in the running in the division.
More information about results of the Cambs III team is available on the Team Page.