18U County Cup Success
March 8, 2022
A huge congratulations to our 18U Teams on your great performance to kick off 2022 and County Cup Competitions.
Captains Ronnie, Louise, Otto and Shola
Amelie, Andrea, Anjali, Flora, Given, Lina, Mayela, Ranah,
Day 1: Win v Hertfordshire 8-1 A strong start to the weekend with some hard fought matches to go 5-1 up in the singles including Mayela and Flora battling for nearly 3 hours to get their wins on the board and put Middlesex in a strong position.
Day 2: Win v Yorkshire 5-4. In what would be a huge match to decide the title, the players from Middlesex and Yorkshire were well-matched going 3-3 after the singles. In the doubles, Lina and Andrea fought back from 2-6 first set loss to win 6-0 11-9 in the match tie break. Given and Ranah sealed the match 6-2 6-2 in the second doubles.
Day 3: Win v Sussex 9-0 Knowing a win would be enough to see the girls through, the girls came out and dominated the tie. And take the National Title for the third year running and extending their streak in Division 1 for another year. (The last time the girls competed in Division 2 was in 2011).
Aryan, Dominik, Finbar, Jago, Luca, Raahim, Tom, Zak
Day 1: Win v Lancashire 6-3
Fighting to a 4-2 lead after the singles, the boys needed 1 win from the doubles to take the win. Luca and Zak took the second doubles 6-1 6-1 in just over 60 minutes to seal the win and a match up v Kent on Day 2.
Day 2: Loss v Kent 2-7
On rankings and head to head, this was always going to be a tough match. Raahim and Luca battled hard in 2h 24 minutes and 3 h 13 minutes respectively to give Middlesex a chance in the doubles Unfortunately Kent proved too strong and took the next 3 rubbers to take the tie 7-2.
Day 3: Win v Yorkshire 5-4
Knowing a win was needed to stay in division 1, the boys started off very well in the singles winning the first 4 rubbers to go 4/0 up. Yorkshire fought back in the last 2 singles and doubles to get it back to 4-4.
Aryan and Raahim were 0-6 0-2 down and had to turn the match around with the support of the Middlesex team behind them to take the second set 6-4. In the match tie-break to decide the tie, Aryan and Raahim won 10-8 to win the match. Win the tie. And award Middlesex the National Runner Up position.
An emotional weekend and a huge Thank You to our 2004 players, who have represented Middlesex from 9U/10U right through to 18U Juniors.