Our visit to Dulwich on one of the cooler days in our summer this year was initially unpromising, with the London traffic delaying us somewhat. However, with Dulwich missing their top two players we were hoping for some better results later.
As might be expected the lawns were fast, and mostly level, but with the odd sandy fast spot. Our team adapted fairly well, but didn’t quite perform…
The Doubles game had got to one game all, with the other two matches supposingly complete, so we were starting to debate whether to postpone the final games until the end of the afternoon until we discovered the players in the two singles games hadn’t realised it was a best-of-3 match! So back to play the final game, which we narrowly lost, leaving the score at lunch time 2-1 to Dulwich.
If we played to our handicaps we should just about run out winners, but the two Johns didn’t quite make it, living us 5-2 losers.
Jon Diamond (-1) & John Greenwood (1) lost to David Whyte (0) & Simon Gibbs (2) 5-7, 7-5, 5-7
John Hobbs (1) beat Philip Baity (4) 7-6, 7-5
Nigel Barton (7) lost to Penny Benge (4) 1-7, 5-7
Jon beat David 7-5, 7-4
John G lost to Simon 4-7, 4-7
John H lost to Penny 3-7, 6-7
Nigel lost to Philip 2-7, 3-7