Phyllis Court beat Surbiton 5-2 today in the first round of the National Inter-Club Championship.
With the courts in tip-top condition, hoops set in new holes and the forecast 'scorcher' tuning out to be 'comfortably warm' instead, the scene was set for an entertaining match between two evenly matched teams.
Phylllis Court's no. 3 Ian Norris was first on to the scoreboard with a 7-5, 7-3 win over Surbiton's George Noble, and then the hosts stretched their lead with victory in the doubles rubber.
The doubles was extremely close with PCC 'getting out of jail' at the 13th hoop in the first game to crown a good come back, and similarly Charlie Von Schmieder and Chris Roberts had to come from behind to beat Nick Cheyne and Ed Dymock in the second game 7-5.
Don Beck gave Surbiton some hope by scoring with a bouncing jump shot at hoop 13 in his first game against the in-form Roger Goldring, but the Phyllis Court man won the second game quickly and the third rather more long windily as lunch spoiled.
Leading the over-all match 3-0 at lunch meant that Phyllis Court needed just one more win from any of the afternoon's singles rubbers and it was Goldring who brought home the result with a straight-games win by 7-2 and 7-5 over Noble.
Beck got one result back for Surbiton with a 6-7, 3-7 win over Norris before Roberts drove home the result for the Henley team with a 7-3, 7-3 defeat of Dymock.
Cheyne was more accurate with his clearances against Irish international von Schmieder on the day and won the last rubber to finish 6-7, 4-7.
The final match score-line of 5-2 was adjudged by all to be a fair reflection of the action and Phyllis Court will now face Sussex County CC from Southwick, near Brighton in the next round at a venue and date to be agreed.