The LTA Winter Indoor County Championships November 2002

Strong Norfolk line-up wins winter league promotion

Norfolk won promotion to Group Two at the LTA Winter Indoor County Championships held at the Nottingham Tennis Centre.

Norfolk won all three of their Group 3B fixtures and it was significant that other than Tom Spinks all their top players were available. Hopefully this will be the case next year when a strong team will be essential if the team are to progress to the top echelons of British county tennis.

Special mention should go to Nick Crawley, who now has an unbeaten inter- county winter and summer record of 25 consecutive wins stretching back to the winter competition of 2001.

Day 1 Results -
On the first day Norfolk beat Buckinghamshire, the team considered to be their strongest rivals, 5-1.
Norfolk's line-up was No 1 James Auckland, 2 Barry Fulcher, 3 Crawley and 4 Tom Green.

Auckland lost to No 1 James Davison 3-6, 7-6 4-6;
Fulcher beat No 2 Aidan Gravson 6-1 3-6 6-1;
Crawley beat No 3  Chris Hurne 6-2 6-4;
Green beat No 4 Peter Thorne 2-0 6-3 6-0.
Bloomfield and Crawley beat Chris Hurne and Neil Johnson 6-4 6-4;
Fulcher and Auckland beat Davison and Gravson 0-6 6-0 6-4.

Day 2 Results -
On the second day Norfolk recorded another 5-1 victory over Warwickshire, with their No 1 being Richard Bloomfield, recovering from an injury, plus 2. Fulcher, 3 Crawley, 4 Green. Auckland was recalled for the doubles.

Bloomfield beat No 1 Nathan Rooney 6-1 6-1;
Fulcher beat No 2 Richard Broadhead 6-1 6-1;
Crawley beat No 3 Richard Sainty 6-2 6-3;
Tom Green lost to No 4 Steven Lee 6-4 3-6 3-6.
Bloomfield and Green beat Rooney and Lee 6-2 6-2;
Auckland and Fulcher beat Sainty and Broadhead 6-1 6-0.

Day 3 Results-
Norfolk rounded off the weekend with a 4-0 win over Northumberland, the doubles not being played because the match had already been won.

Auckland beat No 1 James Nelson 6-1 6-4,
Fulcher beat No 2 Matt Lott 6-0 6-4,
Crawley beat No 3 Amru Alabidi 6-1 6-4,
Green beat No 4 James Denmark 6-2 6-2.

Courtesy - Eastern Daily Press

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