The Tennis Sussex U18 Boys County Cup Team (with Captain Barry Fulcher and Assistant Captain Keelan Oakley) won Division 3a of the County Cup played on the 23rd-25th of February 2018 at David Lloyd Southampton. There were four counties in the division and they all played each other in a league, the counties were: Sussex, Cambridgeshire, Buckinghamshire, and Hampshire & Isle of Wight.
On each day Sussex played a fixture against another County. This involved 9 matches (6 singles and 3 doubles). 2 points were awarded to the team winning each fixture. The team that topped the league by the end of the weekend would gain promotion to Division 2 and the team at the bottom would get demoted.
On the first two days Sussex played Buckinghamshire and Cambridgeshire and won these fixtures 6-3. Alex Fox (who is coached by Nigel at Storrington) won both his doubles, and lost both his singles in these fixtures including one three-hour marathon match in which he had three match points.
Hampshire & Isle of Wight also won both of their fixtures on the first two days. This meant that on the final day they competed against Sussex for promotion; the winner of the fixture would get promoted irrespective of the result between Buckinghamshire and Cambridgeshire. It was 3-3 after the singles which meant it all came down to the doubles (Alex lost his singles 7-6 (7) 7-6 (7) in another marathon match). Alex and his partner (Jamie Costa) won their doubles to get Sussex 4-3 up, then Alex Hyman and Toby Bloomfield won their doubles match securing promotion for Sussex.
This was Alex’s first County Cup, and after the weekend he said:
“It was my favourite competition so far. Even though I lost all my singles matches I competed my hardest and had two of the longest matches I have ever played in which I had opportunities to win. I was also very happy to be able to win all 3 of my doubles matches having played very well with Jamie who I had not played with before, securing the ties on the first two days and winning a vital match on the promotion tie”.