George Limb results

04 Jan 2012

The UK defeated Australia 5-3 in the biennial George Limb

The George Limb is a biennial event played alternatively in the UK and Australia for the Under 26 teams. This year's event was played in Melbourne with the UK fielding a strong team: Conor Medlow, Will Fortune, Robert Hird and Mark Mathias.

After the first day's play, the UK took a 3-1 lead over their Australian opposition overnight. Mark Mathias defeated James Gould 6/2, 6/4, although James played very well. Then it was three matches in a row all going to 6/5 in the final set. Robert Hird defeated Daniel Williams 5/6, 6/2, 6/5, Will Fortune defeated Michael Williams 6/3, 2/6, 6/5 and then Hilton Booth played the match of his life to defeat Conor Medlow 2/6, 6/4, 6/5 in a thrilling and high quality final match. This left everything to play for the following day in the doubles - the traditional strength of the Aussies!

In the first doubles Conor and Robert went 2 love and almost 3 love down to Hilton and Dan, before the UK pair found their groove . They ended up winning 6/4, 6/2 - leaving the UK 4-1 ahead with three matches to play.

In the second match Will and Mark took control against Michael and James and won in 2 sets, giving the UK an unassailable 5-1 lead. The Australia team then rallied in the dead rubbers to even up the score somewhat.

Final result UK 5 Australia 3.

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