Totally Tennis mini performance player Aaron Dawson was part of the Hampshire & Isle of Wight (IOW) 10 and under Boys County Cup team that competed last weekend at Weald Lawn Tennis Squash and Rackets club. The Hampshire boys played in Group B along with Sussex and Surrey. On a sunny first day, the team played Sussex first with Louis Bowden beating Jonah Bryant 4-0, 4-0, Dawson defeated Finlay Edwards winning 4-1, 4-0 and Daniel Prickett won 4-1, 4-1 against Darcy Pycroft. Dawson and Prickett won the doubles rubber with a 4-1, 4-1 victory which gave the team a fantastic 4-0 start.
Next up was tougher opposition from the Surrey team. Bowden came from behind in the first set to beat Tom Dunlop 5-3, 4-2, Dawson then won a close first set against Dominik Hagmann before winning the second set convincingly. With overall score at 2-0 to Hampshire, Prickett was up against Surrey number one Freddie Plummer winning the first set 4-1 but Plummer came back to win the second set tiebreak. Prickett stepped up a gear to win 10-2 and secure the team’s position as group winners and put them through to the semi-final stage.
Due to a bad weather forecast for the second day the organisers decided to play the semi-finals singles matches on the first day and Hampshire were up against old rivals Dorset. Undeterred Bowden beat William Pickard 4-1, 4-0 and Dawson recorded the same scoreline against Louis Cunningham. Prickett also kept a clean slate with 4-2, 4-0 victory against James Sclater and after a very day of tennis the team were through to the final!
Due to heavy rain the hard courts were unplayable on day two so the boys played the final on the clay courts against Kent. Prickett kicked things off with a 4-1, 4-0 victory against Matthew Pickering. Dawson battled but was unlucky against Oliver Evans losing 5-4(6), 4-2 and that levelled the score to 1-1. An on form Bowden defeated Hugo Coquelin 4-1, 4-0 to give the Hampshire boys a 2-1 lead after the singles. With a place in the National Finals at Bolton up for grabs there was everything to play for in the the doubles and Prickett and Dawson delivered with a fantastic win against Pickering/Evans 4-0, 4-0.
Congratulations Boys and Good Luck for the National Finals in two weeks time!The Aegon County Cup National Finals will take place at Bolton Arena over the weekend of 12th -14th June.
Information and group pictures provided courtesy of Andy Sheridan. Deputy Captain was James Crawford and the two travelling reserves Toby Blackwell and Owen Martel.