The Second Round of the Handicap Cup produced some excellent matches with four 6-6 draws. The closest was the encounter between Ash A and F. Nigel Care and Dave Gilham each won twice for the A team as did Roger Fletcher and Graham Thomas for the F team. Critically the A team won one doubles with the other two being halved. On countback the A team won 396 to 394. Ash D started brilliantly against Braybrooke A winning the first three singles and all their players, Spike Hagan, Jo Bartlett and Amy Parkes won twice as did Braybrooke’s Dick Deacon. The deciding element was Braybrooke’s winning of all three doubles by significant amounts and this edged them the match 385 to 359. Frimley E and Crawley Ridge C also drew 6-6 with the doubles again highly significant. Crawley Ridge won all the doubles and Yuriy Shulzhenko won twice but it was a full house for Ramesh Vasudevamurthy’s aided by a double from Charles Rhodes that put Frimley over the line 354 to 344. The remaining 6-6 match was between Tennis H and Crawley Ridge B. Yet again it was the doubles with all the Crawley Ridge team, Stephen Bridle, Dave Skellern and Phil Garrett picking up two points from the singles. Tennis, however, won all three doubles with all their players, Michael Wolfe, John Page and Roger Whichelow getting something from the singles. On countback Tennis won 406 to 377.
In the other results that I have seen Tennis D beat Cody B 7-5 with doubles from Lucas Higgins and Pu Zhang. Paul Mission and Dave Stenning each won twice for Cody. Cody E eased past Ash G with Alan Richards and John Asprey each winning twice as did Sheila Pretty and Ray Mears for Ash. Cody C beat Frimley A with Bruce McPherson undefeated for Cody and Stuart Stone supporting with two wins and a tie. Crawley Ridge A proved too strong for last season’s finalists, Central A. Corin Moore led the way with a full house whilst Ken Thompson bagged a brace. Inevitably there were large wins most notably Tennis G, Peter Bone, Martin Evans and Mehrdad Abutalebi against Cody D and Frimley B, David McKinnon, Pete Good and John Eade against Ash C.