The second fixture of the season started with Jason Lai and Liz Salmon’s singles matches. After an epic battle the young but ever impressive Lai won 21-16, 14-21, 21-16 and produced Cambridgeshire’s first point of the fixture. With a strong set of women the Leicestershire’s first lady beat Salmon in a well battled game14-21, 15-21 to tie the match after the first two games. The second string of games all went to Leicestershire beating Watkins in three 21-16, 14-21, 21-16 and Hayward who was making her first appearance in two 19-21, 11-21.
Entering the doubles games with a three to one deficit, the Cambridgeshire team went down in all four ladies doubles games again illustrating the strength of the Leicestershire women.
The men had slightly better fortune with the pairings of Bates/Couch and Hodgkinson/Watkins both beating the second pair. Both pairs came unstuck loosing in three ends against the first Leicestershire pair.
Having played the singles and doubles Cambridgeshire were 9 – 3 down and playing for the chance of a single point. The first match on was Couch and Salmon who, after a mammoth first end, lost 25-27, 17-21. Thus playing now for pride the final two mixed started their games with Hodgkinson/Chandler after a closely fought first end comfortably won 22-20, 21-8 with some excellent play by Chandler. The final mixed was won by Bates/Godfrey in three, showing superb battling and Cambridgeshire determination to win in three 20-22, 15-21, 21-17. The final score 5-10 in Leicestershire’s favour.