Wingfield C eked out a hard:fought victory against a tough Exmouth B team. The teams were barely recognisable from the first:half encounter, with Peter Holland for the home team and Cassian Tushingham from Exmouth the only protagonists to feature in both matches.
Tony Sampson was a late substitute for Louis Wilshire, and with Mike Ware unavailable through illness, the old guard was very much on show with the 200+ years combined experience of Sampson, Landberger and Holland. By contrast, Exmouth offered a glimpse of the future in their disgustingly young and very varied opposition in pen-holder Wojtech Cyron, hard hitting Cassian and newcomer Curtis Sage, a tall, slender exponent of pimples and regularly-twirling bat.
The youngsters stole into a 2-0 lead before Holland and Sampson between them brought the match level at 2-2. The away team took the lead twice again before the match was levelled at 4-4, from which point Wingfield took control, winning three of the final four sets.
It could all have been very different. Landberger and Sampson held 2-0 leads against Cyron and Tushingham respectively, only to see their advantages chiselled away. Sage, leading 7-2 in their final leg, looked for all the world as though he was going to take a maxi rather than Holland. But like so many distinguished players before him, with the finishing line beckoning, he fell prey to the doubts which Holland succeeding in planting into his head, and failed to win another point.
Holland's maxi was supported by victories in all three doubles matches and Landberger managing to restrict Cassian's attack from causing too much damage. A satisfying win, but a much improved performance by Exmouth.