The Cambridge Blues have started their BUCS trophy campaign with an emphatic win over the University of Essex. In the first round of matches, captain Jack Long-Martinez cruised through his singles at number 4 6-1 6-2 without any problems. Likewise, on court 2, Michal Kaminski and Salil Navarpurkar pulled ahead early in their doubles and never looked back, taking the win 6-0 6-3. Playing at number 1, however, James Shemilt had a much closer match. After several close service games in succession at the end of the first set, Shemilt took the set on a tiebreak, then broke early in the second. From then he served well to come away with a 7-6 6-4 win. In the second round of matches, Kaminski had no problems brutally dispatching his opponent 6-0 6-2, Navarpurkar won equally easily 6-1 6-1, and Long-Martinez and Shemilt came through with a 6-2 6-0 win. Overall, it was a very positive day for the Cambridge team as they look to make serious inrodes into the trophy draw.