Bucks tennis stars retain county title

Bucks tennis stars retain county title

Bucks tennis stars retain county title

First published in Sport Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE'S female tennis players made it back-to-back titles after retaining the Aegon County Cup title.

Bucks claimed the crown for the first time in their 119 year history last season and now a second title has come along straight away after a convincing victory at Eastbourne.

They saw off all comers, beating all five of their opponents across the course of the week.

Final day opponents Hertfordshire could have tied with them on points with a victory, but Bucks swatted their challenge aside with a 5-1 win to seal the title.

Team captain Alison Longfield said: "We are over the moon. To get back-to-back wins is new ground for us and with such a strong field this year we came in to this with guarded expectations.

"It’s a real team effort and we managed to get everyone in the team at least one rubber. It’s great for continuity that we have so many players returning and wanting to represent Bucks."

Claire Webb and Helen Lawson, pictured, were the star performers for the county, losing just two of their 14 rubbers over the course of the week to finish top of the individual rankings for the tournament.

Bucks began their campaign at the Devonshire Park club with a 6-3 win against Warwickshire, before a gritty 5-4 victory over Cheshire.

They followed that with a win by the same scoreline against East of Scotland after coming from behind, before thrashing Kent 7-2.

Neighbours Hertfordshire were the only side who could deny them an outright victory on the final day but Bucks' ladies kept up their 100 per cent win rate with another convincing victory.

Tournament director Julie Piper said: "It has been another fantastic week here in Eastbourne. It has been one of the closest fought Group One events in memory. On Wednesday all, men’s and women’s matches ended 5-4. It could not have been closer.

"For Buckinghamshire to win their first ever titles back-to-back is a credit to Alison and all their team."

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