This weekend the Petworth team travelled to Newcastle to take on Jesmond Dene in the semi-final of the Field Trophy. A two-hour practice session took place on Saturday afternoon before the match got underway at 10am on Sunday morning.
In the first match our No. 1 singles player, Adam Dolman, played Charlie Harries-Jones. Adam was immediately under pressure from an in-form opponent but played steady and consistent tennis to take the first set 6-3. Charlie was fit and resilient and a very tight second set went to 5-5. Adam held his nerve and took his chances to win a most entertaining match.
Charles Fuente and Bill Chambers then played their second doubles match against seasoned campaigners John Duns and Alan Douglas. Charles’ consistency from the back of the court, and Bill’s volleying from the galleries, gave them the ascendancy and, despite a series of close and hard-fought games, they ultimately ran out the winners 6-1, 6-0.
Next Nick Harris at 3rd singles took on the rapidly improving 17yr old Alex Dyter. The first set was close and both players had chances to move ahead. Ultimately Nick’s experience at critical moments earned him the set 6-4 before his increasingly confident play took him on to win the second 6-1.
Charlie Braham then faced Charlie Harris in the 2nd singles match. Whilst his opponent put up a spirited fight with a fierce two-handed backhand, again Petworth consistency gave us a close first set 6-4 and then the gap opened with a 6-1 margin in the second.
Finally our first doubles pair, Andrew Page and Steve Calder-Smith, took to the court against Richard MacAlister and Ronald Paterson. Andrew was rewarded by the cut he was able to put on the ball and dominated from the back of the court whilst Steve put away some memorable volleys into the bottom of the tambour before they ran out the 6-1, 6-1 winners.
Our hosts were supremely hospitable in providing refreshment throughout the day and a most excellent lunch. The court was a delight to play on rewarding both the railroad serve and cut on the floor. The team was nobly supported by Philip and Lyn Robinson, and Robert and Lesley Dolman, who travelled to Newcastle to support.
It was an excellent result but the team must now prepare for the final on Sunday 13th March at Moreton Morrell against Prested Hall.
If you get the chance to play at Jesmond Dene take it – you will have a wonderful time.