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Collapse AllSheffield Singles - Round 43 | Thursday 9 May 2019 to Wednesday 3 July 2019 (Midpoint: Wednesday 5 June 2019)

An amazing 121 matches were played this round which is 86% of the total possible. Spectacular Sheffield! So many great matches and friendly commentaries. Many thanks and hope to see you back again next time!

Group Summary:

Many congratulations to group champ Chris who has moved from bronze last time to gold this time, though Robert Hawksworth in particular made him battle for it ("three hours of torture ..great if gruelling match as always). ! Well done too to runner up Ben, who actually beat the champ ("had to battle hard to the end") and was just two points behind in a really well fought group in which every possible match was played. Please take a bow!

Final Rankings:

  1. Chris Robinson 7.2 [W3, L2] 10 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Ben Housam 10.1 [W4, L1] 8 RUNNER UP
  3. Robert Hawksworth 7.2 [W2, L3] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Jamie Patterson [W3, L2] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Kamron Kazemi [W2, L3] 5
  6. Robert Henesey-Smith 8.1 [W1, L4] 5 includes 2 bonus points

Match Results:

Robert Henesey-Smith bt Jamie Patterson (Jun 30) 6-1, 6-1
Reveal CommentBen Housam bt Robert Henesey-Smith (Jun 29) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Cheers for the game Rob! "  -- Ben
Ben Housam bt Kamron Kazemi (Jun 27) 6-0, 2-6, 6-1

Match of the Group:

Kamron Kazemi bt Robert Hawksworth (Jun 22) 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-5)
Reveal CommentChris Robinson bt Kamron Kazemi (Jun 16) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Played at a bleak, rain and windswept Bradfield, was like scenes from Wuthering Heights at times! Hope we get a better day to play next time Kamron! "  -- Chris
Jamie Patterson bt Kamron Kazemi (Jun 13) 7-5, 6-3
Jamie Patterson bt Ben Housam (Jun 2) 6-3, 6-3
Reveal CommentChris Robinson bt Robert Henesey-Smith (Jun 2) 4-6, 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Tough match Rob, well played. That's four three setters so far, certainly getting my money's worth!! "  -- Chris
Kamron Kazemi bt Robert Henesey-Smith (Jun 1) 6-4, 6-1
Reveal CommentBen Housam bt Chris Robinson (May 30) 0-6, 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the game Chris, had to battle hard!"  -- Ben
Reveal CommentChris Robinson bt Robert Hawksworth (May 26) 1-6, 6-4, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Three hours of torture, left wrist virtually in a sling, absolutely no idea how I won, having had to resort to Rourke's Drift levels of D-Fence!! Thanks Rob. Great, if gruelling, match as always!"  -- Chris
Robert Hawksworth bt Jamie Patterson (May 24) 6-0, 6-4
Jamie Patterson bt Chris Robinson (May 21) 7-5, 1-6, 6-0
Reveal CommentBen Housam bt Robert Hawksworth (May 20) 4-6, 6-4, [10-2]

Player Comments:

  • "A shame that it had to be decided on a tiebreak due to fading light but still a belter of a match as usual. Cheers Rob "  -- Ben
Reveal CommentRobert Hawksworth bt Robert Henesey-Smith (May 11) 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Some good close games. Thanks Rob"  -- Robert

Group Summary:

100% of matches played here (albeit one unfinished) which is tremendous. Really well done all! Everyone got their bonus points and almost every match came with a commentary. Fantastic stuff, and so many close games. Peter takes gold this time, just one point ahead of runner up Dan, who is apparently a great retrieve of lobs! Congratulations to them and well played all.

Final Rankings:

  1. Peter Ibison [W5, UF1] 13 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Dan Odlin 9.2 [W5, L1] 12 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Mohammed Mabger 9.1 [W3, L2, UF1] 10 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Richard Brown [W3, L3] 9 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Jo Shelley [W1, L5] 7 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Julien Smadja 8.2 [W2, L4] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Lee Brooks 9.2 [W1, L5] 4 includes 2 bonus points

Match Results:

Reveal CommentJulien Smadja bt Lee Brooks (Jul 3) 7-6 (7-5), 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Long and disputed game! First set lasted more than an hour, no one would give up a single point. Thanks again and hope to play again soon!"  -- Julien
Reveal CommentJulien Smadja bt Jo Shelley (Jul 2) 6-1, 1-6, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Lovely moment of tennis, tight game that took us 3 sets and almost 2h! The sun was low in the sky though, making it a challenge to play accurately sometimes. Thanks again and looking forward to the next time!"  -- Julien
Reveal CommentDan Odlin bt Jo Shelley (Jun 30) 7-5, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Really enjoyable match with Jo, we were very closely matched with Jo's spin particularly tricky to deal with! Hope to play again."  -- Dan
Reveal CommentPeter Ibison bt Richard Brown (Jun 27) 6-4, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks Richard for a competitive and enjoyable match"  -- Peter
Reveal CommentDan Odlin bt Julien Smadja (Jun 26) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Good match with Julien in quite difficult conditions. Pleased to get the win against a dangerous player."  -- Dan
Reveal CommentDan Odlin bt Richard Brown (Jun 23) 6-1, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Really competitive match with Richard, very attritional at times! The second set saw multiple breaks of serve, I was just able to come through at the end. Great match Richard, sure we'll meet again and all the best with your last match."  -- Dan
Reveal CommentMohammed Mabger bt Lee Brooks (Jun 21) 6-1, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Good match in a lovely evening "  -- Mohammed
Reveal CommentRichard Brown bt Jo Shelley (Jun 9) 6-3, 1-6, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the match Jo, every game was really close. I look forward to playing with you again."  -- Richard
Reveal CommentPeter Ibison bt Jo Shelley (Jun 4) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "An enjoyable match with some long rallies - especially in the second set. All the best in your remaining matches."  -- Peter
Reveal CommentDan Odlin bt Lee Brooks (Jun 2) 6-4, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Lee and I were very closely matched, I just managed to pull away in the second set. Hope to play again soon."  -- Dan
Reveal CommentRichard Brown bt Mohammed Mabger (Jun 1) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the game Mo, a bit wet but I’m glad we got it finished."  -- Richard

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentDan Odlin bt Mohammed Mabger (May 31) 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4)

Player Comments:

  • "Incredibly close match, genuinely could have gone either way. Best of luck for the rest of your matches Mohammed."  -- Dan
Reveal CommentPeter Ibison bt Dan Odlin (May 30) 6-4, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "A competitive and enjoyable match in tough conditions. Great retrieval by Dan for any lobs. All the best in your remaining matches."  -- Peter
Reveal CommentPeter Ibison bt Julien Smadja (May 28) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "A really enjoyable match with some competitive rallies. All the best in your remaining matches."  -- Peter
Reveal CommentLee Brooks bt Richard Brown (May 27) 6-2, 2-6, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Really enjoyable match. Great rallies and plenty of duece games. Thankfully I managed keep my concentration and come from a break down in the final set to win. Good luck Richard for the rest of your matches"  -- Lee
Reveal CommentMohammed Mabger bt Jo Shelley (May 25) 6-4, 5-7, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Me and Jo had a battle for 2.30hours till the last point she is a real sportswoman unlike some men who wants to disappear as soon as they realise they are losing!!"  -- Mohammed
Peter Ibison v Mohammed Mabger (May 21) 6-4, 2-6 TBC
Richard Brown bt Julien Smadja (May 21) 6-1, 6-1
Reveal CommentPeter Ibison bt Lee Brooks (May 16) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "An enjoyable match with some good rallies. I could see that Lee was suffering from a bad cold."  -- Peter
Reveal CommentMohammed Mabger bt Julien Smadja (May 15) 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Ver competitive match took us 2 hours for 2 sets. Thanks Ju"  -- Mohammed
Reveal CommentJo Shelley bt Lee Brooks (May 12) 6-3, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "A close and fun match. Only one game to love"  -- Jo

Group Summary:

A spectacular group. Every singles possible match was played, 7 of 8 of you got bonus points and almost every match had a report! Thanks so much! We learned of "Gareth's perpetual perplexing spin", Leo's "intrepid attacking play", Angus's "aggressive ground strokes", the fine margins when Iain played Ian, Angus and Callum's "crazy 50+ shot final point" and Olivia's "amazing passes". Well done all! Philip is the new champ, Iain the runner up and fittingly, they had an amazing match!

Final Rankings:

  1. Philip Birch 8.2 [W6, L1] 15 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Iain Wadey 9.1 [W4, L3] 12 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Ian Marshall [W4, L2] 11 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Callum Dixon 8.2 [W4, L2] 11 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Angus Duckworth 10.2 [W4, L3] 10
  6. Gareth Crockett 10.2 [W1, L5] 7 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Olivia Leafe [W2, L4] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  8. Leo McCann 10.2 [W1, L6] 5 includes 2 bonus points

Match Results:

Reveal CommentIan Marshall bt Olivia Leafe (Jul 1) 6-4, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Very close games, most went to deuce. Olivia hit some amazing passes which kept her in it, I was having to fight hard to win and it could have gone either way. Well played and thanks for the game! "  -- Ian
Reveal CommentAngus Duckworth bt Callum Dixon (Jun 26) 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "A close match with a crazy 50+ shot final point !! Cheers for the game and I look forward to our next match "  -- Angus
Reveal CommentLeo McCann bt Angus Duckworth (Jun 25) 6-3, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Had to play indoors because of ceaseless rain! Angus has some fearsome groundstrokes but, luckily for me, he couldn't find the consistency this time. Thanks for the game, Angus, and I look forward to hitting with you again!"  -- Leo
Reveal CommentIan Marshall bt Angus Duckworth (Jun 21) 6-3, 1-6, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "The score doesn’t do Angus’ aggressive ground strokes justice. Enjoyed playing the match, was nip and tuck at times"  -- Ian
Reveal CommentAngus Duckworth bt Olivia Leafe (Jun 20) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks Olivia for a fun game! Enjoy the curries ;0)"  -- Angus
Reveal CommentAngus Duckworth bt Gareth Crockett (Jun 20) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks Gareth, enjoyable game in a nice setting ! "  -- Angus
Reveal CommentIain Wadey bt Angus Duckworth (Jun 17) 6-2, 3-6, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Another tight game against Angus and much very much enjoyed! Could have gone either way!"  -- Iain
Reveal CommentPhilip Birch bt Gareth Crockett (Jun 16) 2-6, 6-2, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Another gruelling match for me, Gareth was unlucky with his double faults and on the final point which is a cruel way to finish a match, good luck in the remaining games "  -- Philip
Reveal CommentIan Marshall bt Leo McCann (Jun 16) 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "A competitive game played in a good spirit"  -- Ian
Reveal CommentAngus Duckworth bt Philip Birch (Jun 16) 4-6, 7-5, 7-6

Player Comments:

  • "Amazing match - on a wet court, then a dry court, then sun , then rain ...then indoors! Always a pleasure Phil, cheers "  -- Angus
Callum Dixon bt Leo McCann (Jun 12) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
Reveal CommentPhilip Birch bt Leo McCann (Jun 9) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Great match with Leo nice day for tennis good luck with your remaining games phil "  -- Philip
Reveal CommentPhilip Birch bt Callum Dixon (Jun 2) 6-2, 2-6, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "A year has passed since playing Callum last and this match was as competitive as the last time with more games played and in my favour yet again. Good luck with your remaining games Callum, Phil "  -- Philip
Reveal CommentIain Wadey bt Ian Marshall (Jun 1) 6-4, 3-6, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "A keenly fought, even contest in testy windy conditions. A game of two halves; the wind was in the direction from one side of the court to the other. Ian played a plethora of lovely drop shots and passing shots throughout the match. Most of my winners were lucky wind assisted, indeed a few hit the top of the net and went over. Both Ian and I played quite defensively in response to the conditions and fine margins determined the winner in the end (a few shots going long or wide). I was very lucky to win and look forward to playing Ian again in more orthodox conditions. All the best in your remaining games."  -- Iain
Olivia Leafe bt Iain Wadey (May 28) 6-1, 6-2
Callum Dixon bt Gareth Crockett (May 27) 1-6, 6-2, 6-4
Reveal CommentOlivia Leafe bt Leo McCann (May 27) 7-5, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Very competitive match with a great come-back from Leo in the first set!"  -- Olivia
Callum Dixon bt Iain Wadey (May 25) 6-1, 1-6, 6-1
Reveal CommentIan Marshall bt Gareth Crockett (May 24) 4-6, 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Good game played in a good spirit"  -- Ian
Reveal CommentIain Wadey bt Leo McCann (May 22) 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "An enjoyable match with some intrepid attacking play; particularly Leo's serve & vollying. I was lucky enough that a few of Leo's ground strokes went long. Looking forward to our next match!"  -- Iain
Reveal CommentGareth Crockett bt Leo McCann (May 20) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Enjoyable and competitive game with lots of deuce games. Thanks Leo."  -- Gareth

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentPhilip Birch bt Iain Wadey (May 15) 6-7 (2-7), 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "WoW what a match with Iain, played in glorious sunshine great rallies lots of deuces, we we’re both spent at the end, good luck with the rest of your matches, look forward to playing you again in the future phil"  -- Philip
Reveal CommentIain Wadey bt Gareth Crockett (May 14) 6-4, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "An enjoyable game against a nice opponent. Gareth's perpetual perplexing spin had me in all sorts of trouble in the first set and I was fortunate to take it. The scoreline in the second set does not reflect the competitiveness of the games. I look forward to playing Gareth again in the future!"  -- Iain
Reveal CommentPhilip Birch bt Ian Marshall (May 13) 6-4, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Nice to play Ian again better result for me not playing tie break set like our last meeting good luck in your remaining games mate"  -- Philip
Reveal CommentPhilip Birch bt Olivia Leafe (May 12) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Glad to play this game on a sunny day in Sheffield, inconsistency from Olivia cost her lots of points, good luck in the rest of your games "  -- Philip
Callum Dixon bt Olivia Leafe (May 11) 6-4, 6-2

Group Summary:

A tie at the top on points between Andrew and Paul. Fortunately, they played each other and Andrew won what he says was "a great close match that could have gone either way". He is therefore the new champ, and Paul the runner up. Special mention to Gary who played and won all his five matches, and great commitment throughout the group. Many thanks for all the great match commentaries and good to hear about what Robin says was the "longest rally in tennis history (possibly!"!

Final Rankings:

  1. Andrew West 8.1 [W4, L1] 11 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Paul Hopkins [W4, L2] 11 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Gary Robinson [W5] 10
  4. Robin Morrell [W2, L1] withdrawn 6 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Neil Zealander 9.1 [W1, L4] 5 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Nidhin Antony [L5] 2 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Andrew Tinory [L3] 1

Match Results:

Reveal CommentPaul Hopkins bt Neil Zealander (Jul 3) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the game neil."  -- Paul
Reveal CommentAndrew West bt Andrew Tinory (Jun 22) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "An epic match could have gone either way "  -- Andrew
Reveal CommentGary Robinson bt Nidhin Antony (Jun 21) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the game Nidhin. Lovely evening for it. Nice to meet you and goog luck in your other matches. Gary"  -- Gary

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentGary Robinson bt Andrew West (Jun 9) 4-6, 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the match Andrew. Lovely place to play and nice warm weather. It would have been much closer if you had kept up the first set form. Good for me you did not. Pleasure to meet you and good to know about the club. "  -- Gary
Reveal CommentGary Robinson bt Andrew Tinory (Jun 8) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Enjoyed the game and there were some great rallies. Nice meeting you and hope you enjoy the rest of you time here in the UK. Weather held up fine - just !! "  -- Gary
Reveal CommentGary Robinson bt Neil Zealander (Jun 5) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for game Neil and also enjoyed the knock about afterwards. Given how you played in that I think the score was a bit flattering ! See you about no doubt. Thanks again. Gary"  -- Gary
Reveal CommentPaul Hopkins bt Andrew Tinory (Jun 5) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A good sporting game which was closer than the score suggests .Great to meet you Andrew , good luck with the rest of your games. "  -- Paul
Reveal CommentPaul Hopkins bt Nidhin Antony (Jun 2) 6-0, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the game Nidhin , good luck with your remaining games"  -- Paul
Reveal CommentAndrew West bt Paul Hopkins (May 30) 7-6, 6-7, 7-6

Player Comments:

  • "Great close match could have gone either way. Had to finish the match a week later as we ran out of time"  -- Andrew
Reveal CommentRobin Morrell bt Neil Zealander (May 28) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "As usual a close and quite equal match between Neil and myself, rain interrupted and with many long rallies including the longest one in the history of tennis (possibly). One or other usually has the upper hand in our matches, my turn currently but I'm sure Neil will regain it quite soon!"  -- Robin
Reveal CommentGary Robinson bt Paul Hopkins (May 27) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks Paul really enjoyed the game today and appreciated the warm welcome to the league. Good luck in your other games. Gary"  -- Gary
Reveal CommentAndrew West bt Neil Zealander (May 25) 1-6, 6-0, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Nice match in the sun, I came back after a poor first set"  -- Andrew
Reveal CommentPaul Hopkins bt Robin Morrell (May 24) 7-5, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "An interesting game for both players as the wind made it difficult to judge how hard to hit it ! Nonetheless enjoyable , good luck with the rest of your games robin "  -- Paul
Reveal CommentNeil Zealander bt Nidhin Antony (May 15) 6-0, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A pleasure to meet and play you Nidhin. The scoreline does not reflect how close some of the games were. You have some lovely stroke play and I had to play really well to get through. What this match has taught me is that a positive, healthy mind can do wonders for one's game and I am in a good place right now. It really is a mental game Tennis! Best wishes and hope to play you again soon."  -- Neil
Reveal CommentAndrew West bt Nidhin Antony (May 14) 6-1, 7-6

Player Comments:

  • "Lovely match in the evening sun. Good come back by nadhin, tight tie break. "  -- Andrew
Reveal CommentRobin Morrell bt Nidhin Antony (May 12) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Very close match on a sunny morning, could have gone either way. Thanks Nidhin."  -- Robin
  • "Tight match !!" Nidhin

Group Summary:

This was Castor's round! In form and on track, he tops the group with 7 great wins and many generous commentaries, including this in his match against Stuart. "Many thanks for playing with me in my last match of this round. I had to make a lot of adjustments myself around your service which, in my opinion, is the best service among us. It's been a very enjoyable league and I look forward to playing with you all again. Wish you all a great Summer! Regards". Another excellent group where 5 matches was the fewest matches a player played and most people played all seven. Well done all.

Final Rankings:

  1. Castor Merino 10.1 [W7] 16 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Ajit Nath [W3, L4] 12 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Stuart Hodgson [W4, L1] 10 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Gaz Hallam 9.1 [W4, L1] 9
  5. Brian Smith 8.2 [W3, L3] 9 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Andy Bassett [W2, L5] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Steven Morris 9.2 [W2, L5] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  8. Nigel Lamb [L6] 2 includes 2 bonus points

Match Results:

Andy Bassett bt Nigel Lamb (Jul 2) 6-0, 6-1
Reveal CommentGaz Hallam bt Andy Bassett (Jul 1) 7-6 (7-1), 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Cheers for the match Andy good luck with the rest of you’re matches "  -- Gaz
Reveal CommentGaz Hallam bt Steven Morris (Jun 30) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Played on a great sunny but windy day at Graves . The score doesn’t really paint a picture of the match many games went to deuce. Really enjoyed playing Steven and can’t wait to play him again in the future "  -- Gaz
Reveal CommentCastor Merino bt Stuart Hodgson (Jun 27) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Stuart, Many thanks for playing with me in my last match of this round. I had to make a lot of adjustments myself around your service which, in my opinion, is the best service among us. It's been a very enjoyable league and I look forward to playing with you all again. Wish you all a great Summer! Regards "  -- Castor
Reveal CommentAjit Nath bt Nigel Lamb (Jun 25) 7-6, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "A thoroughly enjoyable match. Thank you Nigel "  -- Ajit
Reveal CommentCastor Merino bt Brian Smith (Jun 22) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Brian, many thanks for playing with me in Millhouses Park in such a nice and sunny morning. It has been a real pleasure to meeting you and I look forward to playing with you again. Take care of yourself! Regards "  -- Castor
Reveal CommentAjit Nath bt Brian Smith (Jun 21) 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-3)

Player Comments:

  • "Very enjoyable match with Brian. Lucky to win both tie breaks. Hope to play again Brian "  -- Ajit
Reveal CommentStuart Hodgson bt Nigel Lamb (Jun 20) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Well played Nigel, good game. Best of luck for rest of your matches"  -- Stuart
Reveal CommentBrian Smith bt Andy Bassett (Jun 19) 2-6, 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A great game of tennis to be involved in with the match swinging so many times. Andy played well and looked like he was going to run away with it, he played some lovely shots particularly in the first set. I managed to get back in the game and every point we played was hard to win. Andy is a nice guy, hits the ball well and a good tennis player, and it would be great to meet up again for a game. "  -- Brian
Reveal CommentCastor Merino bt Ajit Nath (Jun 18) 6-1, 4-6, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Ajit, thanks for such a great match. I did enjoy the long rallies and the tight fights for every point every game. I lost the track of the number of times we were in 'deuce' situations which led tiredness to play an important role in the end. Enjoy your remaining matches!"  -- Castor
Reveal CommentSteven Morris bt Andy Bassett (Jun 16) 5-7, 6-0, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Really close match with lots of changes in momentum, luckily I managed to hold on in the 3rd set. Thanks for the game, good luck in your remaining matches"  -- Steven
Reveal CommentCastor Merino bt Andy Bassett (Jun 5) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Andy, it was good to meet you. Thanks for coming to Graves park where we spent a really nice afternoon. I wish you all the best in your remaining matches! "  -- Castor
Reveal CommentCastor Merino bt Steven Morris (Jun 5) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Steve, many thanks for playing this enjoyable match with me. Our first set was very tight which could have gone either way. Today we completed the match in a sunny afternoon which inspired us to do some good games and rallies. I look forward to playing with you again; enjoy the rest of your matches!"  -- Castor
Reveal CommentStuart Hodgson bt Andy Bassett (Jun 3) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Well played Andy, good game. Good luck for the rest of your matches."  -- Stuart
Reveal CommentCastor Merino bt Gaz Hallam (Jun 2) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Gaz, it was really good to play with you again. We put a good fight in every game resulting in lots of long rallies and some service breaks. I ended up exhausted but I did have such a great time, Many thanks. All the best in your remaining matches!"  -- Castor
Andy Bassett bt Ajit Nath (May 31) 7-6 (10-8), 3-6, 6-3
Reveal CommentCastor Merino bt Nigel Lamb (May 31) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Nigel, Many Thanks for spending such a nice afternoon of Tennis with me. It was really good to meet you and I look forward to playing with you again. Enjoy the rest of your matches! Regards"  -- Castor
Reveal CommentSteven Morris bt Nigel Lamb (May 30) 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the game Nigel, it was great to play you again. Really close both sets with lots of service breaks. Good luck in your next matches "  -- Steven
Reveal CommentGaz Hallam bt Ajit Nath (May 27) 6-3, 3-6, [10-6]

Player Comments:

  • "Unfortunately due to the British summer we we unable to finish this match the proper way so we played the Champions tie break. Close games and some great long rallies. First time playing Ajit and it was a total pleasure , a gentlemen both on and off the court. Good luck in the rest of you’re matches."  -- Gaz
Reveal CommentAjit Nath bt Steven Morris (May 21) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Enjoyed playing Steven. Close games. "  -- Ajit
Reveal CommentStuart Hodgson bt Ajit Nath (May 17) 6-2, 6-7 (4-7), 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Great game Ajit, well played. Epic 3 hour match!! Majority of games going to deuce - needed a long lie down afterwards.... Good luck for the rest of the league."  -- Stuart
Reveal CommentBrian Smith bt Nigel Lamb (May 17) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Nice to meet up with you again Nigel. An energetic game as before with lots of long rallies. Nigel plays nice ground shots and has a good backhand, the score doesn't show how many games actually went to deuce, games were so close. "  -- Brian
Reveal CommentStuart Hodgson bt Steven Morris (May 15) 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Great game Steve, well played. Good luck for rest of matches."  -- Stuart

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentGaz Hallam bt Brian Smith (May 15) 2-6, 7-5, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "After a gruelling three hour battle I came out on top. Both of us played some great shots and had some fantastic. I came out of the blocks rather sluggish and rusty and Brian took advantage and took the first set. I battled back to take the second (even saving a match point !!) , the third was pretty even but I just nudged it at the end. This has to be one of the best matches I’ve ever played since joining the league , Brian is a great player and a fantastic guy and can’t wait to play him again . Good luck in you’re future matches ."  -- Gaz
Reveal CommentBrian Smith bt Steven Morris (May 12) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "It was nice to meet up for another game today Steve. I thing we were both a bit rusty mate not having played for a while.. We had some good rallies but I thing we agree that neither of us served at our best today. Good luck with your other games buddy. "  -- Brian

Group Summary:

It could not have been tighter at the top of this group with winner Drew one point ahead of runner up Martin who was one point ahead of third placed Jake. Very well done to all three! Also to Helen and Kieron for being troupers and playing in the rain, and Drew and Martin for remaining focused despite the local youths! Thanks for so many great match commentaries and the friendliest of spirits in the matches were played.

Final Rankings:

  1. Drew Cornelius [W5] 12 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Martin Roberts 10.1 [W4, L2] 11 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Jake Miller 9.2 [W4, L1] 10 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Helen Campbell [W2, L4] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Trish Cronly [W1, L4] 4
  6. Kev Mason [W1] 2
  7. Yasmin Quayyum 9.2 [W1, L2] 2
  8. Kieron Potts [L5] 2 includes 2 bonus points

Match Results:

Reveal CommentTrish Cronly bt Kieron Potts (Jul 3) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Great game. "  -- Kieron
Yasmin Quayyum bt Trish Cronly (Jun 29) 3-6 Trish Cronly Retired
Reveal CommentMartin Roberts bt Yasmin Quayyum (Jun 27) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "It was a pleasure to meet you today Yasmin, thanks for a great game!"  -- Martin
Reveal CommentDrew Cornelius bt Yasmin Quayyum (Jun 22) 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A very competitive game with some great shots being played on both sides! Each game was pretty close and the match was far closer than the score suggests. Thanks for a great game Yasmin!"  -- Drew
Reveal CommentDrew Cornelius bt Helen Campbell (Jun 19) 6-0, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "A great game played on a lovely evening. Helen came back second set strongly but I managed to hold on. Thank you for the match Helen. "  -- Drew
Reveal CommentHelen Campbell bt Kieron Potts (Jun 17) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Thank you Kieron for a great game considering the weather was less than kind. Rain and wind do not make for ideal conditions but we troupers and played on regardless. Good luck with your remaining games. "  -- Helen
Reveal CommentHelen Campbell bt Trish Cronly (Jun 6) 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3)

Player Comments:

  • "What a game we had, it was so close most of the way through and the final set was so close it could really have gone either way. We had some great rallies and long games with plenty of cracking points won and many games going to deuce. Fab evenings entertainment and I look forward to playing against you again soon. "  -- Helen
Reveal CommentMartin Roberts bt Helen Campbell (May 31) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for a great fun match tonight Helen. Lots of good rallies and a lot closer than the score suggests"  -- Martin
Reveal CommentDrew Cornelius bt Jake Miller (May 31) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "A really close match. We were both really evenly matched and it really could have gone either way. Thanks for a great game Jake! Hopefully play again soon."  -- Drew
Reveal CommentJake Miller bt Martin Roberts (May 29) 6-1, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Great match and a competitive second set. Cheers Martin."  -- Jake
  • "Thanks for a great match today Jake, you played well. Thought I had you on the ropes in the second set, I'm just gutted I couldn't enjoy a third set with you," -- Martin
Reveal CommentDrew Cornelius bt Kieron Potts (May 29) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Much closer than it looked! Some tight points and tight games. Thanks for the match Kieron! "  -- Drew
Reveal CommentDrew Cornelius bt Martin Roberts (May 27) 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Great game in very changeable conditions. Really close points, games and sets. Thank you Martin."  -- Drew
  • "Thanks for a great game Drew! I hope we can have another, hopefully next time without the footballs clattering on the fence from the weed smoking youths!" Martin

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentKev Mason bt Helen Campbell (May 25) 6-3, 7-6 (7-3)

Player Comments:

  • "Another great game versus Helen - For both of us this is our first season back in the league after a few out. Similar to last time it was a very competitive, friendly and fun match, in glorious sunshine. The first set had a number of good rallies and games going to deuce. In the second set I was 5-2 up with Helen serving to stay in the match, and fantastic play saw here battle back to 5-5. We each then won a game to put us into the tiebreaker. Which I managed to take 7-3, despite a number of lengthy rallies and great winning shots. A pleasure. Good luck in your matches and I look forward to games in the future. Kev"  -- Kev
Reveal CommentJake Miller bt Trish Cronly (May 22) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Great to meet you Trish, hope to play again soon."  -- Jake
Reveal CommentMartin Roberts bt Trish Cronly (May 17) 6-0, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "It was a pleasure to meet you Trish. Thanks for a great game tonight, I really enjoyed it!"  -- Martin
Reveal CommentJake Miller bt Kieron Potts (May 16) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Great to finally play competitively Kieron! Cheers."  -- Jake
Reveal CommentJake Miller bt Helen Campbell (May 15) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Lovely to meet you Helen, great match and even better weather for it!"  -- Jake
Reveal CommentMartin Roberts bt Kieron Potts (May 12) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "It was a pleasure to meet you today Kieron. Thanks for an enjoyable and friendly game!"  -- Martin