Great Britain retain Bostwick Cup

WINNING TEAM: Great Britain retained the Bostwick Cup last week. Back Row: Richard Moore, Sir Andrew 'Hamilton, David Bryant, Paul Weaver, Jamie Bebb, Jonathan Fisher; Front Row: Jill Newby, Bernard Weatherill.
WINNING TEAM: Great Britain retained the Bostwick Cup last week. Back Row: Richard Moore, Sir Andrew 'Hamilton, David Bryant, Paul Weaver, Jamie Bebb, Jonathan Fisher; Front Row: Jill Newby, Bernard Weatherill.

Great Britain saw off both Australia and USA to retain the Bostwick Cup at 
Newmarket Real Tennis Club.

The 2015 staging of the Bostwick Cup, which is one of the international team events of the World Masters Amateur Championships, was held at the Newmarket club’s Fitzroy Street venue over three days last week.

The three nations featured the leading over-60s amateurs and started with Australia edging past USA 3-2 in the first match last Tuesday.

Defending champions GB began their title defence in emphatic style, thrashing USA 5-0 without dropping a single set.

GB had lifted the Bostwick Cup with two whitewash victories two years ago, but were given a tough challenge by Australia on the final day.

After Mick Dean and Richard More lost the opening doubles 6-4, 4-6, 4-6, GB levelled the tie when Jill Newby and Jamie Bebb took the next doubles 6-1, 6-1.

Singles wins for Duncan Colquhoun and Paul Weaver got the host nation over the line to retain their title, despite Jonathan Fisher and Bernard Weatherill being beaten in the last doubles match.

Club committee member Sam Sheppard said: “It was a great feather in the cap for the club to be selected to host the competition.

“A friendly, but at the same time, competitive atmosphere was evident throughout. And the players and their followers were most complimentary about the arrangements made for them by the club’s committee.”