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ORRTC v Leamington 17 February 2019

The ORs fielded a slightly weakened team for this match. Daniel Jessel (M 59-64) had managed to ski into the remains of an avalanche the week before and had declared himself unfit with 3 broken ribs. The Hon Sec stood in for him in his singles match.

We got away to a fine start by winning the first two singles matches before lunch.

Miranda Coyne (RB 02-07) came back from a set down against an experienced opponent and by the third set was playing some lovely volleys and perfectly placed backhands under the tambour to run out a deserved winner.

Michael Firth (W 74-78) survived a close encounter with Kannan Nithi. There were some extended rallies. At one stage the Match Manager disappeared next door to make himself a cup of coffee and calm his nerves only to find on his return that they were still playing the same point. Having won a close fought first set, Firth showed his mettle in the second set when with the score at 5-4 40-all, he served into the nick to win the Match.

Oliver Buckley (W 67-71) came back from losing the first set 6-1 to win the second with some typically fierce hitting to the dedans, but was unable to sustain his attack against an opponent who was cutting the ball into the corners in classic style.

Lunch, in the Regency Dining Room, as ever proved a very agreeable feature of the day. Replying to a toast from Chris Sampson, the Leamington Match Manager, the OR Match Manager could not resist declaring that it was now 55 years since he first started playing at Leamington. He recalled that in those days the OR team contained no fewer than 3 Amateur Champions – David Warburg (B 37-72), Geoffrey Atkins (T 39-45) and Peter Kershaw (C 29-34).

Unfortunately after lunch and some good wine Bray and Buckley were unable to live up to the standards of that illustrious trio and found the strong hitting of their opponents too much for them.

The match stood at 2-2 when Coyne and Firth returned to court and swept to victory with some consistent and determined play. The victory was celebrated with a team photo showing the Hon Sec in some of his more flamboyant attire.

Richard Bray (M 58-63)
Match Manager