Slough - June 2012
The U13s started their campaign against Berkshire. With James C and Tom R turning 13, and Eve having a well-earned week off, Nick H stepped in to make his debut for the county at number 6, and Marcus T played up an age group at number 1. Charlie S and Louis V got the team off to a great start, winning 3-0 quite comfortably. Rhys D and Ben P had tougher matches, but both pulled through 3-0, and Marcus and Nick finished off the clean sweep again with 3-0 victories.
The second round against Wiltshire proved tougher. With Wiltshire having already won the U11s, and being confident their top 2 would win, the early matches were vital to getting a good start. Louis and Charlie duly obliged, again both winning 3-0. Ben put up a valiant fight at number 2 against the fancied Kieran M, but eventually lost 3-1 in a close match. Rhys survived a late fight-back from his opponent to take his match 3-0 to relieve the pressure on Marcus in the final game of the tournament. He had played his fancied ( and older ) opponent before in tournaments, but not for a while due to them being in different age categories. With all the other matches over, a large crowd watched some tremendous squash with Marcus generally being in control and winning the first two games 11-4 11-5. By the third the long rallies were taking their toll and he just managed to hold on to win 11-9 before coming off the court exhausted.
Oxfordshire therefore beat Wiltshire 20-4 and Berkshire 23-0 to win overall (Wiltshire beat Berkshire 15-10)