14U County Cup Boys 2016
Ollie Rothwell (Jersey)
Sam Baldwin (Jersey)
Pieter-Roux Olivier (Guernsey)
Sammy Tostevin (Guernsey)
The boys had to wait until 4pm on the first day of county cup 2016 to get under way against reigning champions Middlesex. Doubles was played first with Sam Baldwin and Ollie Rothwell losing 6-3 6-2, despite having points to take a 2-0 lead second set. Guernsey's Pieter-Roux Olivier and Sammy Tostevin were paired together as the second doubles teams and found it tough against two boys who were physically far superior, losing 6-0 6-0. This was a tricky start leaving C.I. 0-2 with the singles to be played the next morning
Day 2 Morning
Sammy and Pieter started their singles matches first against the same opponents they had played the previous evening in the doubles. Again, the physical advantage of the Middlesex boys proved too much, with both losing in straight sets. Ollie Rothwell faced a similarly difficult task against the Middlesex number 1, a player ranked 35 in the country. Despite chasing each and every ball down, the Middlesex left hander prevailed. The strongest performance of the morning came from Sam who was up against a boy he has played on multiple occasions but never won a set off. After being a set and 3-2 down Sam came back to take the match into deciding set and although he came unstuck in the end, this was a big confidence booster heading into the afternoon. Overall C.I. lost 6-0 to Middlesex
Day 2 Afternoon
In the afternoons match against Somerset, Pieter and Sammy were first on court playing singles. Sammy made a slow start going 5-1 down, however staged a fantastic comeback to win the match 7-5 6-4, a big confidence booster. Pieter fought hard against a much bigger opponent, getting edged out 6-3 in the deciding set to leave the score 1-1 overall. Next up on court was Ollie who despite getting a strong start, ended up going down 6-3 6-2 against a player who was strong from the net. After recovering from his 3 set match against Middlesex, Sam was back on court and produced a very solid performance to win in straight sets, a good win against an opponent who had weapons to potentially makes things difficult. This left the score at 2-2 going into the doubles. Pairings were changed around with Ollie and Sammy playing 1 pair and Sam and Pieter playing 2 pair. Each match swung in momentum, eventually leading to both pairs being 1 set all and having to play a deciding championship tie break. Ollie and Sammy were beaten 10-4 in the decider, however both took great confidence from an extremely good second set. Sam and Pieter edged through 10-7, winning the last 5 points in a row from 5-7 down. This meant the match was deadlocked at 3-3, which required a doubles tie break shoot-out between one player from the first pair and one player from the second pair. Sam and Ollie were given the task and lost a gripping decider 10-6. Although all the boys were disappointed, it was a fantastic team performance and a gutsy effort, especially considering the heavy defeat against Middlesex in the morning.
After narrowly losing out to Somerset, C.I. were paired with Gloucestershire to see who would gain fifth spot. Sammy was first up in singles and was paired against a very strong fourth seeded player, who had great power from the back of the court. Similarly, Pieter was up against a strong physical opponent and although both boys produced some stronger tennis in the second set, Gloucestershire took a 2-0 lead. Unfortunately for C.I. this lead was extended when Ollie lost out to the Gloucestershire first seed, a skilful left hander. It became unassailable when Sam struggled in the wind against Gloucestershire's number two, losing 6-3 6-2. Although the boys went on to lose both doubles, it was the end to a weekend full of great experience, especially considering most of the team have at least one more year of tennis left at under 14 age group level.
All should be very proud of their efforts!
Team Captain - James Faudemer
Now for some relaxation...