last group stage match Bromley LTC travelled to North
London for a rain delayed fixture against Globe LTC on 24th June. The league standings were incredibly tight amongst the four top South
East Division teams but the Kent side needed to win only one rubber to secure a play-off spot in their attempt
to once again reach the Grand Finals in Bournemouth in July.
In what was
an injury ridden tie with both Jamie Delgado and Nick Cavaday having to retire
with wrist and shoulder injuries, Bromley eventually lost 4-2 to the North London side. Although the loss was disappointing
for the team on the day, the Bromley boys had secured a vital two rubbers and
qualified for a play-off contest against Virgin Active Poole.
to Poole last Sunday for Bromley LTC were
three former British Top 20 players and a former international Australian.
Delgado still involved at The Wimbledon Championships, Team Captain Nick
Cavaday was spearheading the Bromley campaign at the weekend and was up against
Thomas Poole in his singles rubber. Despite the home advantage of playing on
dimly lit indoor carpet courts, Cavaday’s experience proved too much for his
opponent and eased out the match 6-2, 6-2.
was playing at No.2 for Bromley against Poole’s
Thomas Gutteridge and came through to win 6-3, 6-3.
Britain’s former No.3, Andrew Richardson,
had a tougher match against Sam Glynn with the first set in his singles match
being decided on a tie-break, which the Bromley player edged out and eventually
came through to win the match 7-6, 6-3.
Baretic, Bromley’s Head Coach and himself a former international player,
completed the line-up for the Kent side and easily overcame his opponent of
Stefan Burnett in two straight sets winning 6-4, 6-0.
As the Poole side had access to only three courts the last
singles match was contested at the same time as one of the doubles rubbers.
Bromley’s Searle and Richardson paired up to take on Thomas Beach and Brett
Townsend but the wealth of experience in the Bromley pair eventually overcame
the Dorset team winning 7-5, 7-5.
Bromley having an unassailable lead in the tie, the last doubles match was
technically a dead rubber which they conceded. Bromley LTC won the play-off 5-1
and qualified for the National Finals at the West Hants Club in Bournemouth taking place over the weekend of Friday 13th to Sunday 15th July.
Cavaday was delighted with his team’s performance. “Our opponents in the group
stage this year have been very tough and we have been plagued by player
injuries throughout the season. Despite this the guys have done an amazing job
in getting the team to the Grand Finals again. Although the standard of our
opponents in Bournemouth will be of the
highest calibre and we may not be seeded in the draw this year, having been
crowned National Champions in 2005, 2009, 2010 and runners up in 2008 and 2011,
we will be aiming to cause a few upsets in our quest to regain our national