On 16 September on the indoor courts of Easton Tennis Centre near Norwich four doubles pairs from Norfolk and Cambridgeshire duly arrived, donned masks and in a suitably socially distanced way, walked onto court.
Each pair played two matches and everyone savoured the sense of relief and euphoria to be playing a county match again. Fittingly the result was a draw with four rubbers being won by each team. Cambridge A won 3-1 and Norfolk B won 3-1. The real winner was tennis with the taking part being far more important than the result – just for once!
What did we learn from the experience? Well the two biggest negatives were the need for everyone to travel separately, which did not do much for global warming. Nor could we meet up after the match for refreshments and an extended chat. However the pluses far outweighed these irritations. Play was competitive but in very good spirit. There was ample opportunity to talk to opponents during and after the matches and the careful attention of Easton Tennis Centre to comply with Covid-19 requirements and yet remain welcoming was exemplary.
Many thanks to Jim Hunter, the Cambridgeshire captain, who did a fantastic job liaising with his opposite Number for Norfolk Rob Ollman. Well done to all the Cambridgeshire team who put in good performances against a higher rated team. We all look forward to a return match in Cambridgeshire before the year is out.