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Phyllis Court beat Bath 4-2

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20th April 2013 (GC - Inter-Club)

Bath proved to be very tough opposition indeed but Phyllis Court battled through a long day to get their Inter-Club Championship campaign off to a winning start.
Peter Miles gave the visitors initial momentum with a singles win over Raymond Wood, but Frances Colman pulled the match back square for Phyllis Court with a terrific last hoop victory over Bath captain Paul Francis.
Meanwhile, in the first pair's doubles, the host's Charlie von Schmeider and Chris Roberts had to pull out all the stops to come back from 1-6 down to level their doubles rubber against teenager Harry Dodge and seasoned 'minus' AC player Roger Hayes who was finding his way in GC.
A good partner ball promotion by Roberts to the 13th allowed von Schmeider a controlled clearance and hoop run to square the match at lunch.
The doubles decider was suspended until later and play resumed with the head to head singles which saw Miles win again for Bath, Wood level the match and then Roberts give Phyllis Court a slender lead.
Young Dodge really had his eye in by now and took his first game against the experienced von Schmeider who had to go to the 13th to pull the rubber back in their second game.
As time marched on, the captains decided to revert back to the deciding doubles game rather than play out the remaining singles and the von Schmeider/Roberts combination took the deciding rubber to secure the fixture.
Bath dispersed to all points of the compass after the match and Dodge caught the first of no less than four trains that would take him back to Yeovil.
Phyllis Court were delighted with this victory and took their hats off to Bath and to Harry Dodge in particular who really is a young man to watch.

Scores (Phyllis Court names first):
Charlie von Schmeider (1) & Chris Roberts (1) beat Harry Dodge (2) & Roger Hayes (2) 6-7, 7-6, 7-2
Raymond Wood (4) lost to Peter Miles (2) 2-7, 5-7
Frances Colman (3) beat Paul Francis (2) 7-5, 4-7, 7-6
Charlie von Schmeider drew with Harry Dodge 5-7, 7-6
Chris Roberts beat Roger Hayes 7-6, 7-0
Raymond Wood beat Paul Francis 7-4, 7-4
Frances Colman lost to Peter Miles 3-7, 3-7


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