Buckinghamshire Summer County Cup Report 2019
Venue: Men’s Division 3 – Nottingham Tennis Centre
Squad: Gavin McKinlay, Calum McKinlay, Roy Knight, Michael Shaw, Lee Tribe, Barnaby Smith, Oscar Glenister, Ed Taylor, Ben Smith
Day 1: 6-3 win vs Northamptonshire
The swans got off to a perfect start on the first day, picking up a 6-3 win against the Northamptonshire side. Having come up against the same time multiple times in the last few years, we knew the tie would be decided by a few key matchups. Fortunately, three set wins from Gavin & Roy and Barney & Michael in the first and second rounds respectively meant picking up a win was increasingly likely. Barney and Michael also put in one of the most impressive performances of the week to overcome the Northamptonshire first pair 6-1 6-0.
Day 2: 6-3 win vs Berkshire
The men managed to pick up where they left off from the previous day against a strong Berkshire team. With an unchanged line up of Barney & Michael, Calum & Lee and Gavin & Roy there was a confidence that a win could be achieved. Michael & Barney picked up a further three rubbers to take their tally to six across the first two days. The only negative of the day was Calum injuring himself by attempting a diving volley. Ed stepped up to take his place in the line up in his third year of playing county cup events.
Day 3: 7-2 loss vs Yorkshire
Having come off two back to back winning days the mood was good across the Buckinghamshire team. Going into the day though it was apparent that Yorkshire were going to be an incredibly challenging team to play against given their huge strength in depth. Heavy rain overnight meant that the tie was moved to the indoor courts. Despite the matches all being tight it was not to be for the swans on day three. The one highlight was Oscar Glenister being able to make his senior debut by stepping for the last round of the day with Ben Smith.
Day 4: 6-3 loss vs Lincolnshire
The men were looking to bounce back from their loss the previous day against Lincolnshire, a squad who had managed to strengthen their line up from the previous three days of action. In a tie that came down to the final round of matches the men did not manage to convert on a number of their opportunities and lost some tight three matches. This meant that going into the final day of play there were three teams who were fighting for the final promotion place. To go up the swans would have to win by a score of 7-2 against the North of Scotland, a fixture that had previously been decided 5-4 either way in previous years.
Day 5: 8-1 win vs North of Scotland
Day 5 proved to be one of the most impressive that the Bucks side had been involved in for several years. From the first point of the day there was a determination, focus and energy across the whole squad that showed real belief in being able to achieve the win that was needed for promotion. The tie eventually hinged on two second round fixtures where Roy & Ed and Barney & Gavin both all managed to come through with wins 7-6 in the third sets. Going onto complete the victory needed in the last round of matches mean that Buckinghamshire will now compete in Division 2 next year, this continues the impressive run of promotions that this side has managed to put together.