County's men finish runners-up for the third year on the spin

PUBLISHED: 17:18 05 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:29 26 October 2009

HERTS men s tennis team finished runners-up for a third successive year at the LTA Summer County Cup event held at Devonshire Park in Eastbourne. The national tournament is always an exciting and competitive show of doubles action, and this year proved n

HERTS' men's tennis team finished runners-up for a third successive year at the LTA Summer County Cup event held at Devonshire Park in Eastbourne.

The national tournament is always an exciting and competitive show of doubles action, and this year proved no different.

Six men's teams played doubles against each other across the five days, and at the end of play Herts' men finished second in the Championship Division One League, narrowly missing out on top spot to a strong Lancashire side.

Herts LTA officer Sarah Donovan reflected on the men's performance.

She said: "It seemed from the start that Lancs and Herts were the strongest teams, so the match between the two was the decider.

"In the end the Herts men just didn't quite have enough in the tank to beat Lancs, and I think they will perhaps be slightly disappointed not to have won the title, especially having been runners-up three years in a row."

The men started well, as form predicted, by beating North of Scotland 6-3 on the Monday.

North Mymms cricketer Neil Bamford and doubles partner Ed Corrie were particularly impressive, beating their Scottish opponents 6-3, 6-3.

Bamford swapped his tennis racket for a cricket bat on the Saturday after the tournament as he played for Mymms in their draw with Hemel Hempstead.

The county side trounced Cheshire 8-1 on the Tuesday, which led them nicely into what many saw as the title decider against Lancashire, who, like Herts, had also won on the first two days and looked like winning the following two.

Herts started wonderfully by winning all three rubbers in fantastic style.

Lancs countered after lunch with an impressive three wins on the spin themselves, leaving the score at 3-3 and lining up an exciting final round.

A win for each team left the result down to the final match, which unfortunately Lancs snatched, winning the day 5-4, and consequently the title.

Herts picked up their form to easily defeat a strong Yorkshire side 7-2 on the Thursday.

Bamford and Corrie were again on fire with a 6-0, 6-0 demolition of their doubles opponents.

The men finished off against a depleted and already relegated Kent on the fifth day, winning through 4-2 and finishing the group in a close second position.

Donovan added: "It was a bit of a mix of results really, and the Lancs game was obviously the decider.

"But after that, all the men could do was take care of themselves and win the remaining matches, which they did, but unfortunately Lancashire didn't slip up.

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