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The Dedanists

Moreton went into the tie with the Dedanists on a high following victory over Jesmond Dene only to find a Dedanists team in equally ebullient mood after a similarly comprehensive win the day before at Leamington. The match was to be played as three best of three sets doubles rubbers and with two teams enjoying a winning weekend something was going to have to give. It was Moreton.

The Dedanists took the first set with John McVittie & Peter Mason eventually gaining victory over Andrew Hamilton and Bill Slora in three sets, 4-6, 6-4, 3-6. Bruce Paxton and Tony Branfield fought hard to keep Moreton in the match but succumbed to David Phillips and Ricard East in a close two set rubber 5-6, 5-6. In a game sometimes likened to 3 dimensional chess Bruce and Tony considered that tactics might serve them better in future battles. That or spatial awareness.

The honour of Moreton now lay in the hands of John Cook and Maggie Bentley but they were unable to prevent the whitewash falling 3-6, 4-6 to John Yarnall and Miles Buckinghamshire.

Congratulations to the Dedanists.

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