2024 COUNTY CUP DATES
Women's Event - Saturday, 3rd to Monday, 5th August
Men's Event - Friday, 9th to Sunday, 11th August
Ladies O35s Team 2023 - Group 5a
Captain - Karen Adams
Anna Sharp, Anna White, Jane Bingham, Lizzie Toop, Emma Bennett
Dorset Ladies Over 35 County team competed in Division 5 of the inter-county competition in Eastbourne 5th - 7th August. The team captained by Karen Adams consisted of Anna Sharp, Anna White, Jane Bingham, Lizzie Toop and Emma Bennett.
Unfortunately, Suffolk withdrew from the competition so the team were in a group of only 3 consisting of Dorset, North Wales and Wiltshire. This resulted in Dorset not playing on the Saturday so the team ended up spending the day entertaining themselves by competing in team sport challenges including not managing to escape from an escape room!!
Saturday ended up being a total washout due to the rain which meant two matches were scheduled to be played on the Sunday. The weather was kind until 5 pm when the rain returned and unfortunately only the first match was completed. This resulted in Dorset still not hitting a ball until Monday morning and with a delay in the court drying out, play finally got started at 11 am. Unfortunately, Emma Bennett had to return home for work which disappointingly for her meant she did not get a chance to play.
Matches finally kicked off with a reduced format of first to 4 and only the first round of matches to be contested. Dorset had a great start against North Wales with Anna White and Anna Sharp both winning 4-0 4-0. Jane and Lizzie then completed the match with a 4-3 4-2 doubles win giving Dorset a 3-0 victory.
The team then went straight on for their match against Wiltshire with Anna White winning 4-2 4-2 and Anna Sharp winning 4-1 4-0 giving Dorset a 2-0 win topping the group and gaining promotion to Division 4.
Whilst the weather was unkind and the format reducing the amount of tennis the team were able to play, the weekend was very enjoyable and the team spirit very high. The low point being unsuccessfully getting out of the escape room which took a considerable time to recover from. But the high point being some really good tennis in some challenging conditions of wind and the reduced format but our experience and determination prevailed.
Dorset look forward to the challenge of Division 4.
Men's O35s Team 2023 - Group 2a
Captain: Phil Loose
Darren Loose, Rhys Hanger, Brett Townsend, Tom Beach, Jeremy Priddle, Giles Cooper.
An enjoyable but tough weekend (11th to 13th August) for our Men’s O35s team who were in action at Devonshire Park, Eastbourne for County Cup.
In a strong Group 2 with opposition from Cheshire, Hertfordshire and Derbyshire along with some challenging weather conditions, they had some very close matches but it wasn't to be for Dorset who will be back next year in Group 3 looking for promotion.
Thanks to all the players, great team spirit as always throughout the weekend.
Thanks also to 'Brightwater Sales and Lettings' who kindly sponsored the super smart team kit.
Ladies Captain - Karen Adams
Ladies Event - Friday 29th to Sunday 31st July 2022
The team came 4th in their Group. They will be in Group 5 for 2023.
Men's Captain - Rob Booth
Men's Event - Friday 12th to Sunday 14th August 2022
The team came 2nd in their Group just narrowly missing out on promotion to Yorkshire. The team will stay in their Group for 2023.
Please contact the County Office, email@example.com, if you're interested in representing the county for 35+ County Cup.