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Harrow retain the Noel Bruce Cup

22 Sep 2014

Final Harrow beat Wellington


Thursday 25th.

Harrow I (Alex Titchener-Barrett & Charlie Danby) beat Wellington I (James Coyne & James Fuller)

Harrow surged in a 9-1 lead before taking first game 15/2. Wellington recovered to draw level securing the second game 15/9. Back came Harrow, re-established their lead 15/11 but once again Wellington were level, 15/10. A gripping fifth game went to Harrow 15/13, who then held on to their trophy, winning 15/11 in the sixth.

 

Tuesday 23rd. The gallery witnessed two great semi-finals with Harrow defeating Marlborough four games to one in a great match. Harrow showed why they have been so successful in this tournament with some clinical finishing and managed to keep an, at times, formidable Marlborough pair at bay.

In the second semi-final Wellington took the first game but then Cheltenham fought back to lead three-one. An inspired Wellington then dug deep, fighting back from the brink of defeat in a mammoth battle, saving match points when 7/14 down in the sixth game, before clinching the match in the seventh.

Sunday 21st. Wellington and Cheltenham won their respective quarter-finals without dropping a game and set up an interesting semi-final.

Saturday 20th. Marlborough took a 2-game lead but then lost the next two to a strong Cheltenham II in identical sets to three, before they eventually came through in the fifth. Later Harrow fought a tough match against Malvern but won in three.

Friday 19th. After a close couple of games, Wellington ease past Eton II in four; while Cheltenham reach the last eight against Winchester II in three games.

Wednesday 17th. Defending champions, Harrow, survived an early scare against Cheltenham III, clawing back a 10-1 deficit in the first game, but finally eased through in three. Malvern secured a more straightforward victory over Radley, while Cheltenham II also beat Eton III in three games.

Tuesday 16th. Charterhouse beat Eton in a five game thriller. Winchester ease through against a valiant Tonbridge second pair. Marlborough also through against Harrow IV.

Ali Gourlay and Dom Wright survived a resurgent fightback by Max Seely and James Rowland-Clarke. The shot of the match was the Dom's unbelievably audacious return of JR-C's hammer serve to recover service and a game point in the first. All four player contributed to a memorable encounter. Former School Doubles Champions Chrian Portz and Sean Knight were ultimately too strong for Nick Hutton and John Spurling, although the latter took the second game to make a contest. Ali Robinson and Richard Spender were too strong for Aliexi Pittalis and Oli Cooke.

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