Bucks’ U18s put in great show to fin­ish run­ner-up

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bril­liantly come back from 3-0 down against host county Lin­colnshire, Mol­loy and Bar­ney Smith putting in the per­for­mance of the day to pull back the deficit be­fore Michael Shaw won a three-hour match.

Sch­midt and Glenis­ter played some amaz­ing dou­bles, but Bar­ney Smith and Jake Wil­liams lost their dou­bles match on a tie-break, leav­ing Mol­loy and Shaw to clinched it for Bucks in the fi­nal dou­bles game.

How­ever, Sur­rey proved to be too strong for Bucks in the fi­nal, win­ning all sin­gles matches on their way to tak­ing the tie 6-0, de­spite a great de­but from 14-year-old Ben Smith.

Man­ager Andy Schofield, of Ger­rard Cross LTC, said: “Pro­mo­tion would have meant county cup his­tory for Bucks, but it was not to be. We set goals for the fu­ture and said good­bye to our cap­tain Tom Sch­midt, af­ter four years of te­na­cious en­thu­si­asm. We now look for­ward to next year’s big push for pro­mo­tion.

“It was an un­be­liev­able ex­pe­ri­ence com­ing back from 3-0 down to beat Lin­colnshire to stay in Divi­sion Two for an­other year – the first time in years – which left the team ex­hil­a­rated and ex­hausted.”

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