The women’s 35 Inter-County Championships are held on the expertly-maintained grass courts at Devonshire Park, Eastbourne.
Forty-four counties, divided into eleven groups of four teams, take part over three days in August each year.
This year the Oxfordshire ladies were competing in Group 6B and were up against Cumbria and Staffordshire.
Day 1 vs Cumbria (3-2 win)
The team got off to a great start with Gail winning her singles 6-3 6-3. Cumbria were quick to level up the score as Delia lost out in a tough match-up.
Going into the doubles, Evelyn & Faith took the win giving Oxfordshire a 2-1 lead. Inspired by their team mates, Delia and Suzi battled past their opponents and a 3-1 winning lead. Evelyn & Faith narrowly lost out in their second doubles.
The ladies enjoyed a rest day due to a team pulling out of the event.
Day 3 vs Staffordshire (3-2 win)
With promotion on the horizon, all the ladies needed to do was beat Staffordshire and were automatically given a helping hand as the Staffs team could only field 2 players. 2-0 up for Oxfordshire.
Faith took to the court for the first singles and had a smashing 6-2 6-0 win. Gail had a tight singles match going down 4-6 4-6.
Kathryn and Suzi were unable to convert the only doubles match of the day but the work had already been done with Oxfordshire taking the 3-2 win and PROMOTION!
A great achievement for the ladies who will be competing in Group 5a next time.
Suzi Willis (c)