Godalming Simply Let I and II British League Report - April 2018

Godalming Simply Let I signed off with two wins out of four in the final weekend of the 2017-18 British League season. The biggest positive from the weekend was the form of Jamie Nordin, who came in to replace the departed Andreas Pusch. The 17 year old managed to win 5 out of 8 from the number 4 position - an impressive debut at this level. In fact all Guildford I players contributed well. Adam Laws and Hari Gehlot won four out of eight, while Federico Viterbo top-scored with six wins out of eight.

The two wins were against London Academy II (9-0!) and bottom of the table York Gardens I (8-1). Only Jamie tasted defeat against Neil Cartwright at 11-9 in the fifth. However he combined well with Adam Laws to take the doubles 3-0- against a strong York Gardens pairing. The match against London Academy had numerous highlights, and the Harrow side were in fact unlucky to lose by such a hefty scoreline. Adam and Federico scored excellent wins over no.1 player Fredrik Nordahl, but most incredibly, Hari Gehlot came back twice against Valerio Bucci. Firstly from being 2-1 down and 10-6 down in the fourth game he saved four match points - and then again from being 9-3 down in the deciding game he came back to win 12-10!

In their other two matches, Godalming lost to the top two teams, Horsham Blades I (7-2) and BATTS II (6-3). In both matches, Federico and Jamie managed to win one each. Federico managed to add the doubles with Hari against BATTS, coming back from 2-0 down against Josh Dye and Peter Cleminson. National A-2 division .

Godalming Simply Let II ended their season with one win and three defeats - ending their debut season in sixth place. They were without both Robin Honey and Danielle Kelly (representing England Schools in Malta) so they gave a debut to 14 year old Charlie Cunningham. The youngster did incredibly well, scoring three wins against Andrew Hodges, Winston Wong and Daniel Broad. Steve Day and Vijay Bhaskar also got their first wins of the season - the former against Alex Gough and Daniel Webster-Hall, and the latter against Daniel Broad. It was indeed the last match against Newton Abbot where Godalming achieved most success. Rob Pountney scored two wins (completing an unbeaten day in the singles) and combined with Charlie in the doubles to score another comeback win from 2-0 down against Kevin Nicholls and Jon Cheung. National C-4 division

Both Godalming Simply Let teams had good seasons. The 1st team finished with a solid 9 wins out of 14, while the 2nd team gave debuts to many players who had never before played at this level, and have learnt much from the experience. Charlie Cunningham in particular showed his potential at British League senior level, which bodes well for future seasons.

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