Congratulations to our PHTC team which, having won the Field Trophy last season PHTC were promoted to the Pol Roger competition (which is the top division for the National Interclub knock-out event) and playing at Seacourt beat them 3-2 in the quarter-final on Sunday 14th December.
Both clubs have strong records in this competition, and have had shared many close matches over the years. Another close result appeared likely again as Seacourt lined their team up to target the three wins necessary by selecting several of their strongest players in their doubles.
The first rubber was won by Seacourt whose pairing of Tom Weaver and Spencer Davies beat Charles Fuente and Nick Harris in two close sets of high quality doubles. The second rubber was also won by Seacourt with Luke Danby beating Charlie Braham. Charlie and Luke are two of the game’s leading amateur players and both had recently enjoyed strong results in the British Open. They have had several tightly fought matches in the past, including in the final of our own club singles event, and as you would expect the play was of a very high standard, with a mix of floor play and forcing. Luke is a formidable opponent on his home court, where his railroad serve and his cut on the ball are so effective, and it is so impressive that he continues to play at such a high level.
PHTC then pulled the match back to two rubbers all, with Adam Dolman holding off the competitive efforts of Andrew Jameson, and Mark Drysdale then beating the valiant Alex Garside.
The match was to be decided by the final rubber of the day between Andrew Page and Steve Calder-Smith and Hugh Latham and Paul Weaver. With Hugh having played off handicap of 0.8 and Paul being the current national over 60’s doubles champion the Seacourt pairing were slight favourites, however the score remained close throughout. It was a pleasure to watch Hugh’s stroke-play and timing, and see Paul’s energy on the court. Andrew and Steve played a fabulous match, they took the lead for first time in the third set at 40/30 five games all and held on to win the match. It was a memorable game and the win for Andrew and Steve was a great achievement.
It was an enjoyable day at Seacourt, where we are always made to feel very welcome, and we thank their captain Spencer Davies for his help with the arrangements. We now play Cambridge in the semi-final on Sunday 29th January.
Harvey Rawlings (captain)