Team: Benedek Dilks, Daniel Gifford, Blake Hunter and Otto Lee
Oxfordshire was in a box of five counties: Hertfordshire, Surrey, South Wales and Northamptonshire. Each match consists of three boys’ singles and one boys’ doubles game. The singles matches were played first followed by the doubles.
The players started the day with a singles and doubles tactical warm up which got them ready and helped to maintain their concentration throughout the day. We all knew it was was going to be a long sunny Day.
Oxfordshire V Northamptonshire: 4-5
The team fought from behind after they lost the first two singles. Benedek won a great singles battle against their number one player in the final set. Daniel and Otto won their doubles match to level up the result. The match went into doubles shootout. Daniel and Otto fought with all they had but lost the shoot-out.
Oxfordshire V South Wales: 0-8
The boys gave their best against the second best county in the tournament. Daniel and Otto worked hard and took their doubles pairing to the final set but were unlucky. The boys fought for every point in their matches, which as captain, I was proud to see.
We all knew it was going to be a tough day for the boys. As usual we arrived early at the venue for warm up and preparation.
Oxfordshire V Hertfordshire: 0-8
The first match was against the unbeatable ‘Hertfordshire’, the county which went through the tournament unbeaten. The boys gave their best but Hertfordshire proved too strong and took all the rubbers.
Oxfordshire V Surrey: 0-8
The last match of the day was against Surrey, another strong county. The matches were played indoors due to the rain. We lost all the rubbers but the boys made sure their opposition worked for each point. There was very good body language from the boys throughout their matches.
All thanks to Oxfordshire U10 boys who played over the weekend and their parents for their time and support. The team came 5th overall. I will also use this opportunity to thank the parents for their kind messages to me.
Shola Adebisi (Ade)