Over the weekend of 30th/1st July the U/12 Boys and Girls were competing in the Aegon County Cup.
Norfolk Boys and Girls were grouped with Middlesex, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, and local rivals Suffolk.
The six teams were split into two groups of 3 with the top two teams progressing to the Semi Finals. The winning team overall would then progress to the national finals.
The Boys started off against the strongest team on paper, Middlesex. Jayden Durham was first on court and raced into a 3-1 lead with some clever play. Unfortunately he couldnt close out the set (playing short sets to 4) and lost in straight sets.
Joseph Philpott played in the next singles match and played some great shots against an experienced opponent. Unfortunately a lack of consistency cost him the match. Our no.1 player, Oli Buckingham Green then played what became the match of the weekend against a player who remained undefeated throughout the weekend. Olly ran and ran and ran, showing amazing resillience to stay in the point. It was a long match and Olly eventually earned 5 match points which he was enable to convert to get over the line.
So defeat against Middlesex was followed by a match with Suffolk. A switch in the team order enabled Remi Pilgrim to come in for Joseph. This time it both Remi and Oli won convincingly to set up a doubles for victory. The pairing of Olly and Joseph lost this and leave the score at 2-2. This meant a doubles tie-break play off was needed, with Remi coming in for Joseph.
It was a fantastic tie-break which Norfolk eventually won 13-11.
On day 2 Norfolk were slow to get started against Essex with quick defeats for Jayden, Remi and Oli. The pairing of Jayden and Joseph played a good doubles match but it was not enough to prevent a 0-4 defeat.
A final match against Cambridge was then played out. Olly was the only matchwinner as the team suffered a 1-3 defeat. Joseph was back in for the singles and again played well to recover from losing the first set to force a tiebreak. Like Olly on Day 1, he stood at match point but was unable to clinch the match.
Overall the Boys played there hearts out and behaved really well. We can all be very proud of there efforts and perhaps on another day we could have finished higher than 4th in the group.