Bromley AEGON lose to defending champions

 

As the
group stage of the AEGON National Tennis Championships entered its final few
weeks, Bromley LTC hosted a home tie last Sunday against David Lloyd
Raynes Park,
the current AEGON National Champions. Having ended Bromley’s dream of three
consecutive titles in the grand final last season, the Sandford Road side were looking to avenge
their defeat.

Kent No.1
Sean Thornley was spearheading the Bromley side and was up against Marcus
Willis who is currently ranked 20 in the country. Having lost the first set
6-3, Thornley edged out the match to win 3-6, 7-6, 6-3.

Playing
second string for Bromley was Dominic Ross-Hurst who was drawn against
Britain’s No.
32 Tom Burn. The experience of the
Raynes
Park player proved too
great for Ross-Hurst who succumbed 6-3, 6-4.

Two former
British top 20 players contested the third singles rubber. Bromley’s Rob
Searle, who had just returned from a 350 mile charity cycle ride, was pitched
against Lee Childs whom he beat 6-4, 6-3.

Keelan
Oakley completed Bromley’s line-up against another former British top 20 player
and
Kent’s
former No.1 Colin Beecher. Despite a close match the Bromley player was
eventually beaten 7-6, 6-4.

With the
tie score at 2-2 after the singles rubbers everything was resting on the
doubles matches.

Ross-Hurst
and Oakley paired up to take on Childs and
Beecher, but the experience of the older pairing
proved too great for the Bromley duo who lost their match 6-4, 7-5.

To take the
tie into a tie-break shoot out Thornley and Searle paired up to take on Willis
and Burn in a must win match. It was 1-1 after the first two sets with the
outcome of the rubber being decided on a Match Tie-break. Unfortunately the
Bromley pair were out gunned and
Raynes
Park won the tie-break
and match 5-7, 6-2, 1-0.

Raynes
Park win the tie 4-2.

Acting
captain for the day Rob Searle said after the match; “The team played well
today but Raynes Park have a fantastic squad of players to call on which is why
they were crowned champions last year and are favourites to take the title
again in July”.

“We are
currently standing in 4
th place in our group. With a match in hand
we hope to still qualify for the Bournemouth finals but we will need to contest
a play-off match against a team from either the
Midlands or the South West of the country”.

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