22nd Sep, 2019

Triumphant Alcester C make a piece of history

Liam Moakes 10th Sep, 2019 Updated: 10th Sep, 2019

THE WINNING Alcester C team of Max Bocking and Alex Beach made history as they triumphed in the Wildmoor Spa League Junior Cup final against their Alcester A club-mates.

The final at the Bannatyne Health Club and Spa Courts was the first time a C team had competed in a final after the Alcester C side beat their sister Alcester A team in the semi-final play-offs, although both teams qualified at the expense of fellow pool winners Littletons A and Redditch A who exited at the semi-final stage.

Under blue skies and supported by a large crowd of parents, coaches and league officials, both sets of under 12 boys were keen to do well.

Once again, as seems to be becoming a tradition, it was a very close match and despite Alcester A appearing favourites, Alcester C had defeated them in the play-offs and were brimming with confidence.

However, with this being a best of three sets cup final, the contest was extremely even. First blood went to Alcester C as Bocking and Beach took the set 6-4 before Alcester A duo Oliver Linnett and James Faulkes hit back to level at 1-1 when they took the second set 7-6 after a tie-break.

Games went to the wire before Alcester C won the final championship tie-break set 1-0 (10-6 in points) and the match by two rubbers to one to lift the 2019 Junior Cup.

Wildmoor League vice-chairman John Lovett presented the boys with individual awards and of course the cup. Junior League organiser and secretary Corin Bishop presented a cheque for £50 from the league to Alcester Tennis Club to develop their junior section as part of their reward.

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