Woking lost to Phyllis Court 3-4
Phyllis Court first round victory over Woking was a closely fought affair that went to the third game of the deciding match.
Both sides were without their top ranked player, Charlie von Schmieder for Phyllis Court and Jeff Dawson for the hosts, but this didn't stop the event from being a good quality affair between two evenly matched teams.
Phyllis Court's Frances Colman provided the ideal start for her side with a straight games victory in her morning singles match against Sara Anderson, and Helena Fensome did well to come back from one game down to win her match with Andrew Dutton shortly afterwards.
Woking stayed in the fixture with a win in the deciding game of the morning doubles when the accurate clearing of Mike Town and consistent hoop running by Bernard Jones out-did Chris Roberts and Ian Norris, leaving the tie poised at 2-1 with four afternoon singles to play.
Fensome completed a good day's work with quick win in her second match against Anderson, but defeats for Roberts and Colman at the hands of Town and Dutton respectively, the latter with some last hoop drama, tied the fixture at 3-3, and all eyes fell on the last match to finish between Norris and Jones.
Norris had looked to be in control with a comfortable first game win, but some excellent positioning play from Jones had taken the match to a deciding third game, where hoops were then traded in turn until Norris hit a crucial centre-ball clearance to give Phyllis Court game, match and fixture.
Phyllis Court now play either Dulwich or Hunstanton in the National Quarter-Finals.
(Woking names first)
Mike Town (-2) and Bernard Jones (0) beat Chris Roberts (-2) and Ian Norris (-1) 7-5, 7-4.
Andrew Dutton (2) lost to Helena Fensome (1) 7-6, 4-7, 4-7.
Sara Anderson (2) lost to Frances Colman (2) 2-7, 0-7.
Mike Town beat Chris Roberts 7-4, 7-4
Bernard Jones lost to Ian Norris 4-7, 7-5, 5-7.
Helena Fensome beat Sara Anderson 3-7, 5-7.
Andrew Dutton beat Frances Colman 7-5, 3-7, 7-6.