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Gammell helps Bucks U18s avoid tennis relegation

A CHESHAM youngster was instrumental in helping Bucks U18 boys survive relegation by the skin of their teeth after winning their final match of a gruelling three day schedule.

James Gammell, playing alongside James Blane, came from one set down in the doubles to secure the vital victory, relegating Leicestershire, to the delight of coach, Andy Scholfield, from Gerrards Cross Tennis Club.

"It was one of the best experiences I have had in tennis," he said.

Proceedings at Redbridge Tennis Centre got off to a poor start, with Buckinghamshire losing day one to Leicestershire.

Singles defeats from Gavin McKinlay, Blane and Kiran Kudravilli were balanced out by victories from Kushal Kansagra, Jack Mordey as well as a fine 6-3 6-2 victory from Gammell.

The doubles would then prove crucial with Kansagra and Dean Kelleher securing victory before Gammell and Blane lost in two close sets. McKinlay and Mordey lost however giving Leicestershire the win.

Things worsened for Bucks on day two following another defeat, this time to Northumberland.

Despite singles wins for Blane and Mordeyw, defeats came the way of Kelleher, Kansagra, McKinlay and Gammell, going down to a strong opponent.

All three doubles matches had to be won to claim victory yet only Kansagra and Kelleher could manage it.

Victory over Cambridgeshire was now needed on day three to avoid relegation and send Leicestershire down.

Kudravilli, Blane and McKinlay all lost with Kansagra and Mordey pulling off victories.

Gammell went into the last singles needing a win to level matters and give Buckinghamshire a glimmer of hope.

Despite losing the first set, he won the second, before playing probably his best ever set of tennis, including some amazing groundstrokes and serves, to win the match.

Mordey and McKinlay won their doubles, before Kansagra and Kelleher lost, leaving the final game to decide Buck's destiny.

Despite being match point down, Gammell and Blane went on to win the second set tie-break 7-4, before winning the match tie-break 10-4 to the adulation of players and fans alike.

"They turned it around in an unbelievable manner,"added Scholfield. "The standard of tennis was unbelievable with all players raising their games."

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