Doubles the key to success in Southend

Summer League Div 1 report

Week 4

There were more big wins in the division this week with Brand Identity and Basildon A recording 9-0 victories and Rawreth just behind, winning 8-1. Closest game of the week was Invicta A’s thrilling 5-4 win against Stanford A.

Brand Identity chalked up a 9-0 win for the second week running when they demolished Hadleigh A. The home team of the Jacob brothers, Simon and David, and Steve Muth, conceded only three sets all night against the very experienced trio of David Woolmer, Tony Jacks and Colin Barham. Brand were particularly impressive in the doubles not conceding a single set.

Basildon A made it a hat trick of wins as they demolished Hockley B 9-0. This was another very one-sided match with Basildon losing just two sets on the night. Kim Shead, Rob Burton and Tony Ayliffe took the honours.

Rawreth chalked up their hat trick of wins as they beat Basildon B 8-1. Just three games played but nine players already have worn the Rawreth shirt and one wonders just how many more players they can call on! Arron Chandler, Deborah Auvache and Norbert Fullerton stepped out this week and were devastating in the doubles not dropping a set, but there was some resistance in the singles where Fullerton and Chandler both conceded sets and Arun Joy of Basildon claimed their consolation point in a tight five set match against Auvache eventually winning 11/7 in the deciding set.

Doubles can play a significant part in these Summer League matches and so it proved in the see-saw clash between Invicta A and Stanford A. Paul Sims fought a lone battle for Invicta in the singles beating Ian Sangster and Derrick Pearson but team mates Lee Marson and Anthon Ranjit-Singh couldn’t repeat that success losing to Sangster, Pearson and Peter Weatherall. This meant that an early Invicta 2-0 lead had turned into a 4-3 deficit with two games to go. Step up Sims to make it 4-4 and he then combined with Ranjit-Singh to clinch the match 5-4.

With two clean sweep singles wins and two doubles wins Paul Sims gets my Player of the Week award.