CRAFC – Men’s First Tennis Team
Chichester v Horsham (Saturday 5th January 2019)
Chichester Men’s First Tennis Team went into its match against Horsham’s First Team knowing that a win would take the team to the top of the Sussex County, Wilson Sandford winter doubles leagues. With a strong team available, the squad was quietly confident.
The match comprised four rubbers and the first pair, Joe Van der Wee and David Kislingbury, quickly won their first match in just under an hour, 6-3 6-2. At the same time, and in similar quick fashion, Neal Smith and Tony Roddis won Chichester’s second rubber 6-0 6-4.
At the interval, with two rubbers played, Chichester knew they at least had a draw from the match. Van der Wee and Kislingbury continued their form into the start of the third rubber taking the first set 6-1 against the Horsham first pair. The second set was considerably closer, remaining on serve until they finally got the break and won 6-1 6-4, confirming the win for Chichester.
In the last remaining game of the day Smith and Roddis lost the first set, but managed to come back to take the victory on a champions tie-break 1-6 6-2 1-0 (10-4).
Chichester is now top of their division, (M7W), with three more matches of the season remaining. The next fixture is on the 27th January against Lindfield first team.
David Kislingbury: Team Captain