Evesham Cadets Under 15s West Midlands Champions

Evesham started the fourth and final day of the West Midlands League competition in 3rd place in Division One, 4 points behind leaders Colebridge and 2 points behind Wood Green. Having missed out on the title by a single point last year, there may have been fears it would elude them again. But despite the deficit, the Evesham team arrived in Burton upon Trent full of confidence with an easier run-in than the 2 teams above who were yet to play each other. Straightforward 9-0 victories followed against bottom side Criftins and 5th place Burton B which sent Evesham into the afternoon matches with matters back in their own hands. A 6-3 win or better against final and toughest opponents of the day Burton A would bring the trophy home. Evesham Number One Alex Tomlinson was instrumental in getting them to this position with victories against the two highest rated individuals in the competition during Day 3. However, there were some nail-biting moments for spectators when Tomlinson took the full 5 sets to defeat his first opponent in this final round. James Morrow then had to save 2 match points on the way to winning his next match. Luckily Craig Witheford was at his incisive best and settled nerves with a string of routine straight-sets victories. Evesham ended up comfortable 9-0 winners over Burton and stepped up to lift the trophy at the presentation ceremony. Tomlinson narrowly missed out on the Golden Bat for the player of the season, only just beaten into second place by fellow Worcestershire County team mate George Carroll. Many of the teams in the competition had excellent individual players, but none could match the strength in depth offered by Evesham, and as the only undefeated side they were worthy winners this year.

 

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(From Left) Alex Tomlinson, Craig Witheford, James Morrow

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