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CI tennis team secure County Cup Div 4 status on ‘epic’ final day

The Channel Islands tennis team won all three doubles rubbers to fight back from 4-2 down to beat Staffordshire 5-4 on a thrilling final day of LTA Winter County Cup action.

Narrow defeats to Buckinghamshire (5-4) and North Wales (6-3) meant Rob West’s team had to win their final match to stay up.

West and James Faudemer, Stuart Parker and Michael Watkins, and Patrick Ogier - who had retired from his singles match earlier in the day - and Scott Weaver, all produced victories as CI edged out their opponents in dramatic fashion.

The result saw CI finish second overall which means they will play in Group 4 again next year having reached their highest ever standing following back-to-back promotions.

Goal number one was to stay in the group and make sure we didn't go back down to a division that we'd worked so hard to get up from last year. Having seen the level in the group, we know we're capable of getting promoted and we were very close to doing so. Two very close losses on the first two days just prevented it. We'll be back next year and really confident that, if we put a strong team out, we've got the ability to go up again.

– Rob West, CI Men's Captain
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