Aegon Match Report – 15 April

Cheam vs Camberley 15th April 2018 Home

Cheam Mens Aegon Team entered this season in Division 5 West against old rivals Camberley LTC on our own turf (literally). Having played them many times we knew what to expect and sent in Simon, Mike, Dom and new member Kim for the opening singles matches.

Simon played young 5.1 rated Barnaby on the clay up first. Both players enjoyed hitting a hard ball but it was Simon that found the court more often, notching up a 6-2, 6-2 win on a surface Barnaby was unfamiliar with being a hard court player. 1-0 Cheam!

Meanwhile also on clay Mike was playing Steve (also a 5.1 rating). Despite landing heavy serves Steve couldn’t cope with Mike’s consistency and angles and after little more than an hour Mike came away with a comprehensive 6-1, 6-3 win.

Over on the astro Dom was the traditional ”epically long match that everyone else has to wait for to finish” that we always seem to get! He started off like a rocket going up 5-0 before losing 3 games and facing 2 break points for Sacha to get the set back on serve. Dom did eventually come through that set 6-3 but it was Sacha that stormed ahead 4-1 in the second only for Dom to peg it back and force a tiebreak. From 5-0 down in the breaker Dom very nearly regained control but lost 7-5. The first Match tie-break then decided the tie with Dom sadly being edged out 10-8 giving Camberley their first win. A decidedly nervy (and long) affair.

Kim had been playing next door and put in a great effort in the second set before narrowly losing it and the match 1-6,5-7. This meant after singles it was honours even 2-2.

Onto the doubles with Mike partnering Kim playing their second pair and Simon partnering Dom for a clash with their top pair. Mike and Kim were given a walkover owing to Steve picking up an arm injury so it was left to Simon and Dom to bring home the win or be forced into a 3-3 situation whereby more tiebreaks would be needed.

Given Dom played for 2 1/2 hours he was looking for a quick match – which he didn’t get. In the end the doubles lasted 2 hours with Simon and Dom prevailing 6-4, 6-7 (5), 10-2 saving their best for last to win 10 straight points in the final breaker including a sliding backhand winner that Simon was deservedly very pleased with at 6-2 up.

Overall then a fine start to the season with a 4-2 win. Banstead will be the next match so good luck team and great play so far!

Author: Simon Burgess