In the latest match of the Wessex Heartbeat Winter Junior League the Under 16 Boys team, who are competing in Division one, of Liam Hignett, Miles Bromilow, Dylan Allenby-Ryan and Rohith Manikonda played away at Denmead yesterday on a very cold and windy day.
The very cold Boys Under 16 team (l to R) of Rohith Manikonda, Dylan Allenby-Ryan, Miles Bromilow and Liam Hignett
Hignett and Bromilow played their doubles match first against Denmead’s top pair Scott Salway and Matthew Pybus winning 6-4, 6-4 whilst Allenby-Ryan and Manikonda played their singles matches. Unfortunately Allenby-Ryan hurt his back and was forced to retire from the match against Joe Glover and Manikonda lost in three sets 6-4, 4-6, 10-5 in the championship tiebreak. With Allenby-Ryan not being able to compete in the doubles, the pressure was on Hignett and Bromilow to win both their singles matches to give the team a chance to level things up.
The boys rose to the challenge with Bromilow defeating Pybus 6–1, 6–1 and Hignett beating Salway 6-0, 6–3. With the score level at 3-3 a ten point tiebreak shootout followed, where both teams have to choose a first and second pair player to play for overall victory which for Totally Tennis was Hignett and Manikonda against Denmead’s Salway and Glover. It was a very tense shootout but the Totally Tennis boys played fantastically well to just edge the win 11-9 and seal the teams victory!
Head Coach James McIntosh said “Well done boys! The team played really and kept focused to win this fixture which is great result especially as one player suffered an injury and it was so freezing yesterday.”
A special mention to Rohith who stepped up and managed to keep his nerve in the shootout and best wishes to Dylan for a speedy recovery.