Wilmott Cup 2016
Adam Jepson and Daniel Fielding represented the Cambridge League in the Zonal Round of the will mot cup at North Middlesex. They beat Barnet 4-1, North Middlesex 4-1 and Luton 5-0 to qualify for the finals at Wellingborough on the 11th June.
First up for the Cambridge were a strong Birmingham squad that included Scottish international, Kenneth Lindsey. In the opening game Adam faced defender Bern Wilson, after a slow start and losing the first end Adam slowly got into the game and ended up winning 3 sets to 1. Second up for the Cambridge side was Daniel against Lindsey, and he was unfortunate in the first end, after leading all the way through, he ended up losing the first set in a close deuce game. Once again, Daniel took the initiative in the second end, and this time maintained his lead from start to finish and took the second end. Big chances in the following ends saw Daniel have sets points in both, however he couldn’t seem to hold on and Lindsey won the match 3-1. So the sides were level at one a piece going into the doubles. It began with a slow start, however once Adam and Daniel and got into their stride they comfortably won the match. Adam now faced Lindsey with Adam being a huge underdog went 2 sets to 1 ahead. However, he struggled to maintain this level and ended up losing the 5th game 11-8. The penultimate game against Birmingham was a decider. Daniel was up against defender Ben Wilson. Daniel made very light work of Ben and won the game 3-0 and more importantly meant Cambridge Won the first match 3-2.
Meanwhile on the second table, number 1 seeds and last year’s winners Sheffield beat Central London 3-2.
Cambridge’s next game was against Central London. Daniel started off against Kevin Kan. Unfortunately for Daniel he seemed to struggle to get himself into any rhythm and lost 3-1. Adam faced Patrick Green next and won the game 3-1. Once again for Cambridge the doubles was a vital game, yet the London pairing were too much for Adam and Daniel to handle. 2-1 to Central London and a big comeback was needed. Daniel now came up against Green and after a bad start he went 2-0 down. Daniel looked down and out but from the brink of defeat he showed great character to surge back into the game eventually becoming too strong for Patrick and won the game in a dramatic 5th set. The match was level at 2-2 and Adam had to face Kevin. Adam won the game 3-1 and took the match for Cambridge 3-2.
On the other court Sheffield had beaten Birmingham. So with both Cambridge and Birmingham with 2 wins out of 2. The final group game decided who would win the group and therefore go to the final.
Unfortunately Sheffield were too strong for Cambridge and lived up to their reputation of number 1 seeds. Cambridge lost the match 5-0. However, the score line didn’t tell the story as Cambridge had big chances in each of the 5 rubbers.
Cambridge finished 2nd in the group. So they then played in a bronze medal match against Reading.
Adam won the first match against Hari Gehlot 3 sets to 1 to give Cambridge the lead. Daniel was up against Daniel Moses in the second rubber; Daniel Moses won the game 3-0. The Match was level at one a piece going into the doubles. It was a close encounter between the doubles pairings; Cambridge snatched the game to win it 3-2. Both of the reverse rubbers were played on simultaneous tables. On one of the tables Adam came up against unorthodox Daniel Moses and won the game 3-1. Daniel Lost to Hari 3-1, but it became irrelevant as Cambridge won the bronze medal 3-2
Both Daniel and Adam were extremely pleased with their performances and chuffed to win a bronze medal.
A mention has to go to Martin Gray, who coached the team through all matches and made a huge difference to the team’s results.