Yorkshire rally to retain place in Division Two

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Yorkshire’s men’s county team produced wins on the final two days of this year’s Summer County Cup in Cromer, to secure their place in Division Two for next year.

The Aegon-sponsored County Cup is a Lawn Tennis Association annual event played over a week every summer.

There are seven divisions, with six counties from throughout the UK in each division. Teams are made up of six players (up to 10 in a squad) who play three matches of doubles per day - nine games in total - against each of the other five teams.

After losing their place in Division One last year, Yorkshire were determined to bounce back strongly.

But the squad, containing Sheffield based players Elliot Chang, Sam Sutton and Joe Gill, found themselves up against a strong group of counties in Division Two.

Over the five days they would have to play against Suffolk, Derbyshire, Norfolk, Berkshire and East of Scotland and lost 8-1 to strong favourites Suffolk on the first day, and true to form the Suffolk lads produced a great display to win 8-1.

Tuesday saw Yorkshire gain their first win of the week in a strongly contested match against the East of Scotland, with the lads coming through 6-3.

Wednesday proved to be an even better day with the guys playing their best tennis so far to earn a 7-2 win against Berkshire.

Momentum was starting to build, especially knowing that Thursday would effectively be the second place play off decider.

With two teams going up and two going down, Yorkshire’s guys knew that Thursday’s match against Derbyshire would give the victors a massive advantage in pursuit of the runner-up spot and promotion.

Derbyshire had three wins from three and were full of confidence, but they were up against their toughest opponents to date. In a great battle between the neighbouring counties Derbyshire proved the better team on the day, taking the tie 5-4.

Credit, though, must go to Yorkshire for their response to the disappointment of losing that match to come back and win on the final day to secure third place and retain their status in Division Two.

I’m sure the team will be going out next year to regain their place in the counties top division.

n Nike Junior Tour comes to Sheffield

The latest leg of the Nike sponsored international junior tennis tour in Sheffield culminates this weekend, after arriving on Sunday.

The NJT is a worldwide series of junior tournaments for girls and boys in the 12 & 14 age groups. There are currently 34 countries participating in the NJT representing over 60,000 junior players worldwide.

To see some of the top junior talent from the UK and around the world, make a visit to Graves Tennis Centre to witness the action.

Finals day takes place on Saturday, August 9.