Category: Aegon Team

Bromley LTC beat Sutton T & SC (2) 6-0

Returning home
for their third match of the 2013 AEGON Team Tennis season, 
the Bromley
LTC squad clinically dispatched Sutton Tennis & Squash Club’s second team 
in the South
East National Division 6-0.

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(Bromley Squad from left to right = Harry Skinner, Myles Orton, Sam Hutt, Nick Cavaday (team captain) & Tom Higgins)

Having been
promoted to the National Division at the end of the 2012 season, Sutton Tennis
& Squash Club now have two teams in the South East National Group. With Sutton being
able to pick from 18 strong eligible players to represent their second team, the
Bromley side were expecting a tough fixture.

Playing at
No.1 for Bromley this week was Harry Skinner who was up against John Richards
from Sutton. On paper Skinner was rated lower than Richards but the Bromley
player outplayed his opponent to ease out a victory 6-1, 6-1.

Making a
return to the Bromley line-up after a year of absence through new family
commitments was long-term team member Tom Higgins. Having lost none of
his grit and determination Higgins was up against Sutton’s Graeme Darlington and
won his singles match 7-6 (7), 6-1.

Nineteen
year old newcomer to the squad this season and playing at No.3 was Myles Orton,
currently ranked 32 in the country. Orton wasted no time in outgunning his
opponent of Nathan Carter 6-1, 6-1.

Currently
ranked 47 in the country and completing Bromley’s line-up at No.4 was nineteen
year old Sam Hutt. He was playing Sutton’s Craig Veal and came through to win
easily 6-0, 6-1.

With
overall victory secured Bromley went into the doubles rubbers 4-0 up and were
looking to achieve a clean sweep by winning both dubs.

Skinner and
Higgins paired up to take on Richards and Veal and overcame their opponents
6-4, 6-1, whilst Orton and Hutt came through against their opponents of
Darlington and Carter to win 6-1, 6-4, securing a 6-0 overall victory for the team.

Speaking
after the match Team Captain Nick Cavaday was delighted with the win. “The guys
got the job done today and such an emphatic win will bolster our place in the
league standings as match rubbers won could prove vital in the event of a points
tie at the end of the season. We have three very tough group matches to play
over the coming weeks and we hope our big guns will be available to join us for
those.”

Bromley’s
next match is an away fixture to Paddington Sports Club on 12
th May. 

Bromley AEGON beat Woodford Wells 5-1

Last Sunday saw Bromley
LTC’s AEGON Team Tennis squad contest their first away match of the season
against The Woodford Wells Club in Essex.
 

Newly promoted to the
National Division this year, Woodford Wells boasted a good line-up of players
and Bromley were taking nothing for granted.
 

Playing at No.1 for Bromley
this week was team stalwart Rob Searle who was up against Woodford Wells’
Richard Wire, a former highly ranked British Player. Unfortunately Rob lost
this match in two straight sets 6-3, 6-3.
 

Bromley’s new boy Harry
Skinner was at No.2 against Saad Abbas and outplayed his opponent to win 6-1,
6-0.
 

Making a return to the
Bromley line-up after a number of years was Barry Fulcher. Playing at No.3 and
showing he had lost none of his talents when up against Matt Porter, one of his
own coaching pupils, Fulcher came through to win 6-0, 6-2.
 

Team Captain Nick Cavaday
completed the Bromley side at No.4 and eased through his match against Woodford
Wells’ Tom Askell 6-1, 6-1.
 

Bromley were 3-1 up after
the singles rubbers and only required to win one of the doubles matches to
secure overall victory.
 

Fulcher and Searle paired up
to take on Wire and Askell whilst Skinner and Cavaday were up against Abbas and
Porter. The text book finish didn’t go to plan with the Woodford Wells boys
really upping their games and both Bromley pairs found themselves a set down. A
tie-break shoot out to decide the overall fixture was looking to be a
possibility but the Bromley boys dug deep, upped their own games and both pairs
won their respective second sets.
 

At one-set all, both rubbers
would be decided on a match tie-break (the first to ten points – clear by 2).
The experience and commitment of the Bromley team proved too much for Woodford
Wells with Fulcher and Searle coming through to win 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-8) and
Skinner and Cavaday won 3-6, 6-2 1-0 (10-3).
 

Bromley secure overall
victory winning 5-1.
 

The 2013 AEGON Team Tennis
campaign continues with a home tie against Sutton Tennis & Squash Club’s 2nd
team on Sunday 28th April. Play starts at 12pm.

Bromley LTC kick off 2013 with a win against Virgin Active Surrey

Aegon General - team-pic-01-jpg_08_Apr_2013.jpegLast Sunday
saw former three times AEGON Team Tennis National Champions Bromley Lawn Tennis
Club take on Virgin Active Surrey in the first round of the 2013 competition.
The tennis equivalent of the football premier league, the Bromley side were
crowned champions in 2010, 2009 & 2005 and were also runners-up in 2008 and
2011.
 

With an
invigorated squad for the new season, spearheading the Bromley campaign on
Sunday was team captain Nick Cavaday who was up against Virgin’s Philip
Stephens. In what looked like a text book start to the season, Cavaday quickly
despatched his opponent in straight sets winning 6-1, 6-1.
 

At No.2 for
Bromley this week was Harry Skinner, one of our new additions to the squad and
who is currently ranked 71 in the country. Playing against local boy Andy
Burgoyne, Skinner overcame his opponent 6-2, 6-3.
 

Two new
youngsters in Myles Orton and Sam Hutt completed Bromley’s line-up at 3 and 4
respectively. After taking Virgin’s Casey Lyonette to a tie break in a tight
first set, Orton eventually went down 7-6, 6-0.
 

Sam Hutt,
currently ranked 45 in the country, showed true grit in his first appearance for
the club beating Mark Whitehouse in straight sets 6-2, 6-4.
 

Bromley went
in to the two doubles rubbers 3-1 up and required only one of the matches to
secure overall victory.
 

Cavaday and
Skinner paired up to take on Stephens and Burgoyne, with Orton and Hutt pitched
against Lyonette and Whitehouse.
 

Both the Bromley
pairs got off to a good start winning their first sets 6-3 and 6-0
respectively. Victory was in Bromley’s sights but Virgin came back fighting
winning the second set in both ties. At one set all in both matches the doubles
rubbers would be decided on a Champions tie-break.
 

With the
Bromley home spectators getting behind the team, the Bromley boys raised their
games and won both their champions tie breaks to edge out the match.
 

Bromley won
the tie 5-1 overall.
 

Team
Captain Nick Cavaday was delighted with his team’s performance. “We were hoping
for a good start to the season and all the guys played extremely well”.
 

The Sandford Road club
continue their campaign with an away match at Woodford Wells in Essex on Sunday 21st April.

(Team picture from left to right = Harry Skinner, Sam Hutt, Myles Orton & Nick Cavaday (Captain).

Bromley Finish 5th at AEGON Team Tennis Finals

Having
qualified once again for the 2012 AEGON Team Tennis Finals at The West Hants
Club, the Bromley team travelled to Bournemouth
last weekend to try to regain their National Crown.

Three-time
previous winners Bromley LTC were seeded 2 before the draw was made, much to
the surprise of the Bromley contingent. Whilst the
Kent side were hoping for a relatively easier match in the first round against the
likes of Holcombe Brook, Wrexham TC,
Loughborough University or even The West Hants
Club, the draw couldn’t have gone worse for the
Kent side and were drawn to play
Sutton T & SC in the first round on the Friday. Having already lost to
Sutton in the South East Group stages, the team knew this would be a tough call.

Spearheading
Bromley’s campaign was Kent No 1 Sean Thornley, who was up against Sutton’s
Neil Pauffley in the first singles rubber. After a close first set which the
Sutton player won 9-7 in the tie-breaker, Thornley eventually went down 6-7(7),
2-6.

The other
three rubbers didn’t go Bromley’s way either with Nick Cavaday losing to Josh
Jones 4-6, 3-6, Rob Searle losing to Andrew Bettles 4-6, 1-6 and Andrew
Richardson (previously unbeaten for the Bromley team) going down to Oliver
Hudson 2-6, 4-6.

With an
unassailable lead after the singles matches, Bromley lost to Sutton T & SC
4-0 (who ultimately made it to the Grand Final on Sunday having beaten
Paddington SC on the Saturday).

The Saturday
matches were to determine the 5
th to 8th places in the draw
and Bromley were up against Wrexham TC who had lost to Paddington the day
before.

Dominic
Ross-Hurst was playing at No 1 for Bromley and edged out Wrexham’s Rogan
Egerton 6-1, 6-2.

Team
Captain Nick Cavaday was not as successful against Alan Bevan, losing in
straight sets 3-6, 3-6.

Team stalwart
Rob Searle came through his singles to beat Simon Morris 6-4, 6-2 and Andrew
Richardson returned to his winning ways beating Steven Billington 7-6(5), 6-4.

After the
singles matches Bromley were 3-1 ahead and only needed to win one of the
doubles rubbers to secure overall victory.

Richardson
& Searle paired up to take on Wrexham’s Alan Bevan and Craig Evans in what
can only be described as a doubles master-class. The Bromley pair were far too
strong for the Welsh side and came through to win 6-1, 6-2.

Bromley won
4-1 and secured 5
th place in the finals. Captain Cavaday was
encouraged by his team’s performance. “From an entry of over 3,000 teams in the
competition, finishing 5
th after what was an injury ridden and difficult
season is a remarkable achievement for the players and the club. Hopefully we
can build on our success although the team has lost several sponsors over the
last couple of years and these will need to be replaced to ensure the future of
the side”.

The 2012 National
Champions this year were defending title holders
David Lloyd
Raynes Park,
beating Sutton T & SC in the final on Sunday 4-2.

Bromley Reach AEGON Finals

In their
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.

Travelling
to
Poole last Sunday for Bromley LTC were
three former British Top 20 players and a former international Australian.

With Jamie
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.

Rob Searle
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.

Davor
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.

With
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.

Captain
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
crown”. 

Bromley LTC suffer defeat to Sutton

With the top four spots still up for grabs in the South East
Group Stage of the 2012 AEGON Team Tennis Championship (the tennis equivalent
of the footbale Premier League), Bromley LTC hosted a home tie against Sutton
Tennis & Squash Club on Sunday.

This was a crunch match for both teams. Bromley looked the
better side on paper but Sutton have a great squad of up and coming talented
players and the tie didn’t go the way that the home team needed.

Britain’s
No.18 and Kent No.1 Sean Thornley dispatched Sutton’s Graeme Darlington 6-1,
6-1 in less than an hour and things were looking promising for Bromley.

Playing at No.2 in the Bromley line-up was team captain Nick
Cavaday. Still nursing a shoulder injury, the former British Top 20 player went
down in two straight sets to Andrew Bettles 7-5, 6-3.

Bromley’s Rob Searle, another former British Top 20 player,
also lost in two straight sets to Jathan Malik, currently ranked 47 in the
country, 6-3, 6-4.

Keelan Oakley completed Bromley’s singles line-up at No.4
but, having won the first set 6-4, suffered a back injury during the match and
eventually had to retire with the score at 6-4, 2-6, 1-2.

Bromley went into the two doubles matches 3-1 down and
needed to secure both rubbers to take the tie into a Tie-break Shoot-out.

Dominic Ross-Hurst replaced the injured Keelan Oakley and
teamed up with Nick Cavaday to take on Josh Jones and Jathan Malik from Sutton.
Having lost the first set the Bromley pair dug deep to level the match in the
second and eventually won the rubber on a third set Match Tie-break 2-6, 7-6,
1-0.

Thornley and Searle took on Sutton’s Bettles and Cornish but
their younger opponents eventually edged out the match 6-4, 7-6.

Despite losing 4-2 overall on the day Captain Cavaday
remained positive. “Our primary goal for the season has always been to qualify
for the Grand Finals in Bournemouth in July
and although we lost today we still have a match in hand against Globe LTC on
24th June. Victory against the North London
club will ensure that we finish 4th in our group and will give us a
play-off match in the South West against either Virgin Active Poole or Virgin
Active Gloucester. Winning that match will ensure our place in the finals and
the team truly believe this will be achieved”.

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”.

Bromley AEGON crush Virgin Surrey

Last Sunday
saw former three times AEGON Team Tennis National Champions Bromley Lawn Tennis
Club take on Virgin Active Surrey in the latest round of the competition. The
tennis equivalent of the football premier league, the Bromley side were crowned
champions in 2010, 2009 & 2005 and were also runners-up in 2008 and 2011.

Currently
standing in 4
th place in the South East Group with a game in hand,
the Bromley side were looking to consolidate their position with an away win
against the
Surrey club.

Kent No.1
Sean Thornley was spearheading Bromley’s side this week and in his singles
rubber was up against Virgin’s sixteen year old prodigy Isaac Stoute. The
experience of
Britain’s
No.21 proved too great for the youngster and Thornley eased out the match 6-2,
6-3.

Jamie
Delgado, who achieved an ATP singles career high of 121 in the world, was
playing at No.2 for Bromley against Virgin’s Casey Lyonette. The 35 year old
former GB Davis Cup player is still ranked 88 in the world at doubles and
overcame his younger opponent 6-3, 6-4.

After a
tight first set that was decided on a tiebreaker, Bromley’s Keelan Oakley
eventually came through against his opponent of Mark Whitehouse 6-7, 6-1, 6-2.

Things also
didn’t start well for Bromley’s Mark Beckles as he lost the first set in his
singles match against Mark Weaver, but dug deep to win 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.

Bromley
went in to the doubles rubbers 4-0 up and with overall victory already secured.

Thornley
and Delgado paired up to take on Stoute and Lyonette and their doubles
expertise was telling against their
Surrey opponents, coming through to win 7-5, 6-1.

Bromley’s
Oakley and Beckles were up against Mark Weaver and Nick Greenhouse and came through
triumphantly, winning 6-1, 7-5.

Bromley won
the tie 6-0.

Team
Captain Nick Cavaday was delighted with his team’s performance. “The standard
of play in this competition is immense and it is rare for any team to achieve
such an emphatic win. The score line doesn’t portray an accurate picture of
just how tough this tie was and the guys did a brilliant job today”.

The Sandford Road club
continue their campaign with a crunch match at home on Sunday 27
th May against David
Lloyd Raynes
Park, the defending
National Champions. Play starts at midday and spectators are welcome.

Bromley LTC beat Letchworth TC

Having had
their previous tie rained off, the former three time AEGON National Team Tennis
Champions were back in action at Letchworth Tennis Club in Hertfordshire over
the weekend.

Before the
match team captain Nick Cavaday was mindful of his Letchworth opponents. “This
is the toughest team competition in British Tennis and Letchworth TC won
promotion last year to the South East National Division. We certainly won’t be
taking anything for granted today”.

Playing at
number one in the Bromley line-up was former British top 20 player and
long-term squad member Rob Searle. Up against Letchworth’s James Thomas, Searle
won through in three sets 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

Making his
debut for the former champions at the weekend was new squad member Keelan
Oakley who is currently ranked 50 in the country. Competing against Guy Thomas
from Letchworth, Oakley overcame his opponent in two sets winning 6-2, 6-4.

Up next for
Bromley was
Britain’s former
No 3,
Wimbledon and Davis Cup player Andrew
Richardson, who quickly despatched his young opponent of Philip Clay 6-1, 6-1.

Bringing up
the rear at no 4 in the team line-up was Bromley’s new Head Coach Davor
Baretic. He was also making his team debut for the side and overcame his
opponent of Ben Wilsher 7-5, 6-0.

Having won
all the four singles matches Bromley’s victory was secure and the team could go
into the two doubles rubbers in a more relaxed state.

Searle and
Oakley paired up to take on the Thomas brothers but their winning ways didn’t continue
as they narrowly lost to the Letchworth pair in two very tight sets 5-7,
6-7(4).

Richardson
and Baretic were up against Wilsher and Clay but the experience of the Bromley
pair proved too great for their young opponents and came through to win 6-3,
6-2.

Bromley won
the tie 5-1.

Captain
Cavaday was pleased with his team’s performance but was also mindful that there
was a long way to go. “With a match in hand we are currently 4
th or
5
th in the group standings with four matches to play. We will meet three
of the toughest sides in the whole competition over the next six weeks and our
initial aim is to qualify for the National Finals at
Bournemouth in July”.

Bromley’s
next match is away to Virgin Surrey on Sunday 20
th May.

Bromley suffer defeat to Paddington Sports Club

In their
second tie of the 2012 AEGON Team Tennis Championships at the weekend, former
National Title Winners Bromley Lawn Tennis Club were aiming to add to their
victory against Ipswich two weeks earlier by winning at home against Paddington
Sports Club.

Bromley
were without team captain Nick Cavaday and squad member Keelan Oakley, as both had
reached the finals of The National Tennis Doubles Championships in
Sunderland.

Playing at
No.1 for Bromley was Dominic Ross-Hurst. Currently ranked at 40 in the country
Dom was up against Naim Lalji from Paddington, a former British Top 20 player.
From the start Ross-Hurst was struggling with a thumb injury which forced him
to retire from the match at 0-6, 0-2 down.

Rob Searle, Britain’s
former top 20 player, was acting captain for the day and playing at No 2 for
Bromley against Michael Ouvarov who is currently ranked 39 in the country.
After a closely fought first set which was decided by a tiebreak, Searle eventually
lost the match 6-7, 4-6.

Marc
Beckles, playing at number 3 for Bromley, also lost in two straight sets to
Paddington’s John Doran, a former ATP and Irish Davis Cup Player, 2-6, 4-6.

Bromley’s
only win in the singles rubbers came from Britain’s former number 3, Andrew
Richardson, who dispatched his opponent in George Mcgill 6-3, 6-2.

Going into
the doubles rubbers Bromley were 3-1 down and needed to win both doubles
matches to take the tie into a tie-break shoot out.

Searle and
Richardson teamed up to take on Doran and McGill and the experience of the
Bromley pair proved too great, winning in two straight sets 6-1, 6-3.

Having
decided that he was fit enough for the doubles rubber, Ross-Hurst and Beckles
took on Lalji and Ouvarov. A tie break shoot out was looking likely as the
Bromley pair took a break of serve half way through the first set and looked
promising to ease out a victory. Unfortunately, with a break and 4-3 up in the
first set, Beckles badly went over and sprained his ankle running for a wide
ball. After an injury time out Beckles tried to battle on but the injury proved
too great and forced the Bromley pair to retire at 4-6, 0-3 down.

Paddington
claimed the match with a 4-2 win but acting captain Searle was still positive.
“This was always going to be a tough tie for us today, especially with our top
guys being unavailable this week. Injury was a factor today in the outcome but
Paddington were deserved winners and we will have to try to make up any ground
lost over our remaining five fixtures to reach the grand finals in
Bournemouth in July”.

Bromley’s
next match will be away to Globe Lawn Tennis Club on 29
th April.

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