November 19, 2014 by Alaina Goodenough
Nottinghamshire U13s vs Leicestershire U13s
The morning of the first shires match for the current crop of Leicestershire Under 13s had finally arrived. Good things were expected after all of the hard work that had been put in at training over the past 2 months. Only time would tell if those expectations were to be realised against local rivals Notts.
It didn’t take long for the first point to be put on the board with Sameer and Sophie taking a comfortable win. Harry and Jess Rodgers were made to work much harder for their victory with the first 2 games being shared having each gone to setting, but the Leicestershire pair coming through in the 3rd game. Another great victory in the third match, with Joe and Tamsin putting the disappointment of losing the first game behind them, to come back and win the next two fairly comfortably. A fairly comfortable victory for Ollie and Jess Allen rounded of a perfect start to the day.
MIXED RESULT 4-0
Up next were the boy’s singles. At first it appeared that Leicestershire were going to run away with this round of games too, with all four of the first games being won to 17. Unfortunately only Sameer and Ollie were able to take advantage of the good start and take the win with the Notts boys showing some fight to reverse the other games.
In contrast to the mixed games, the girls singles were over in the blink of an eye. Jess A and Tamsin picking up convincing wins to make sure that the singles were tied.
SINGLES RESULT 4-4
Just as in the mixed, the level doubles produced some great, closely fought games. Harry and Rowan obviously wanted to get as much court time as possible and demonstrate their fitness, with them winning both of their matches 2-1 with two of their final three games being settled. Sameer and Joe picked up both of their matches too, carrying on the great partnership from the previous season.
A strong Notts girls pair spoiled our attempt to be 100% wins in doubles but only after our girls took them to setting for their win. The girls did it up though, with Sophie and Tamsin then Jess and Jess picking up victories against their second pair.
LEVEL DOUBLES RESULT 6-2
So just like last year Leicestershire start off their Shires League campaign with a satisfying victory against their local rivals. Bring on Bucks next week!
FINAL RESULT 14-6