In Barnard Castle’s first away match in the Cleveland League, one change was made to the team with Steve Brooks replacing Scott Patrick due to absence.
On carpet courts it took the Barnard Castle Pairings time to settle into the game with Jonathan Kirk and Sue Hudson losing out to the Hutton Rudby first pair and Barbara Willis and Steve Brooks likewise against the second pair. Judy Freeman and Adam Thompson got Barnard Castle’s first point of the afternoon against the third pair. In the second round of fixtures Sue and Jonathan beat the second pair and Barbara and Steve beat the third pair, Judy and Adam lost to the first pair leaving the match evenly poised at 3-3 with 1 match for each pair to go.
Sue and Jonathan eased past the third pair, with Barbara and Steve losing to the first pair, left Judy and Adam on court at 6-5 up in the first to ten set and the match level at 4-4. With many of the games going to deuce about 20 minutes later the Barnard Castle pair ended the match victorious 10-7 to give Barnard Castle the win 5-4 and the bonus two points for the win.