Letchworth beat Hunstanton 4-2
The hottest day so far this year saw a repeat of last year's first round match. This year it was Hunstanton's turn to make the four-hour round trip, but unfortunately for the visitors the result was the same with Letchworth running out 4-2 winners.
The morning saw both John Noble (1) and David Tutt (0) win their singles matches - against Pete Brown (4) and Charles Ostler (5) respectively - in straight games to give Letchworth an early 2-0 lead. The doubles match - Nick Mounfield (-3) and Duncan Hector (-1) versus Jeff Race (-1) and David Thirtle-Watts (2) was left in abeyance at one game each with a view to continuing should things be all square after the afternoon session.
As it happened, the third doubles game wasn't required. Nick and John both won their matches 2-0 to establish an unassailable 4-0 lead for the hosts. Hunstanton rallied to win the remaining two singles matches, but unfortunately it was too little, too late.
Letchworth won 4-2 and face Dulwich in the next round.
Nick Mounfield & Duncan Hector versus Jeff Race & David Thirtle-Watts: 5-7, 7-2 (not completed)
John Noble beat Pete Brown 7-5, 7-4
David Tutt beat Charles Ostler 7-3, 7-5
Nick Mounfield beat Jeff Race 7-1, 7-2
John Noble beat Charles Ostler 7-2, 7-5
Duncan Hector lost to David Thirtle-Watts 3-7, 5-7
David Tutt lost to Pete Brown 7-5, 5-7, 6-7