Those hoping for a sunny day for tennis at the Surbiton Tennis Club had their expectations dashed at 1300 when the heavens opened and play was called off until 1600.
A marathon match between MOL UK and Clarksons, represented by Stefan Panov/Edmund Cave and Allan Kent Lemon/Christopher Symes respectively was interrupted after three hours play with the score at 7/6 6/7 6 all, but the tiebreak went in MOL UK’s favour after a brief resumption at 1600 . MOL UK went on to play Galbraiths for a place in the semis, the winners playing Affinity. Howe Robinson and Gibson who won their quarterfinal matches before the rain, made up the other semi-final. The outstanding matches will be played at a later date .
In a short speech, Richard Fehr regretted that he could not present the Cup and prizes and recalled that it was the first time within his memory of the Cup, some 50 years, where the tournament had to be abandoned. On behalf of the players Richard thanked the club for their excellent hospitality and Perry Perera the match referee, Catharine Bacon and Costas Maramenedes for the their contribution assisting, both before and on the day.
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