Lost 4-0.

In resplendent weather, the Pilgrims assembled to compete in their annual fixture against the School’s first team on Saturday 22 June. Once again, the School’s grass courts proved a most fantastic setting.  The courts were noticeably greener and softer than this time last year, but nonetheless still played excellently – our continued thanks to John Atkins and his team for maintaining such a fantastic playing surface. Due to difficulty recruiting, it was agreed prior to the match to reduce teams to four on each side.The Pilgrims team therefore consisted of James Sewry, Charles Morris, Peter Bradshaw and Richard Downard.  The fixture also witnessed some inter-familial competition, with Charles playing against his younger brother, Nick, currently in the Fifth Form. All four rubbers were keenly fought, with some fantastic shot-making from all sides, including some diving volleys and zooming passing shots.  From early on, the Pilgrims had the upper hand through some obstinate net play, which in the end proved too strong for the School.The visiting team romped home with a 4-0 overall win, therefore overturning last year’s close loss.  An attempted analysis might suggest that the boys were outdone by superior net-play, and vexed by the novelty of a team which would take any opportunity to rush forward.  Some casual errors on big points also let them down

Nonetheless, the fixture was thoroughly enjoyed by all.  Thank you to the School – and Jeremy Priddle – for being such warm hosts.  Roll on next year!