Team:- Rob Hall (Cringleford Tennis Club), Graham Tate (Acle), Adam Fryatt (Cringleford), Kevin Hart (Cromer), Owen Jary (Cringleford)
Unavailable: Jim Pallister (Cromer), Matt Breese (Easton College), Stuart Gray (Cromer)
07.07.19 Away v Lancashire 1-4 loss Games 30-58
04.08.19 Away v Northants 0-5 loss Games 35-59
14.09.19 Home v Lincs 1-4 loss Games 26-58
22.09.19 Home v Berks 1-4 loss Games 29-57
Another challenging year in Division 2B (we should have been relegated to Division 3 but once again we managed to stay up!). However, this year in all 4 matches I felt we had chances to win rubbers and did not feel outplayed as we have done in previous years.
We first played Lancashire, the eventual Division winners. Rob Hall at 1 singles should have got a win losing 7-5 6-7(8) 1-0 (10) in a really close match. Rob & Graham winning their Doubles match. We lost 4-1 overall but feel 3-2 would have been a fairer result. Kevin Hart made his County Debut and is now another welcome addition to the squad which is slowly improving in numbers & experience.
Northants was a 5-0 loss but 2 matches went to 3rd Set match tie-breaks so a lot closer match than it looks on paper.
Lincs at Cromer was a difficult match. A good win for Stuart Gray at 1 singles and more important experience gained for Adam Fryatt & Kevin Hart for the future. More knowledge gained of what pairings work & do not work for me.
A good doubles win for Stuart Gray & Graham Tate against Berkshire at Cromer in our Final match with Graham close to winning his Singles also.
With the additional experience this squad of players is gaining each year it will hopefully mean tight games are returned as Wins rather than Losses in the coming years. I feel the technical & physical attributes of the players are good enough – we just need a little more when it comes to being more Match tight (Tactically & Mentally) at key moments in matches:- 6 Match tie-breaks played & only 2 won this season. This is something we will be working on over the Winter.