Men’s Blues vs Oxford Blues


November 8, 2017


University of Cambridge Men’s 1st6Win
Oxford University Men’s 1st0Loss

Match Report

The Cambridge Men’s 1st team have continued their winning run in BUCS with an impressive victory over the Oxford Blues. The tie started with four singles matches. Playing at no. 2, Michal Kaminski made light work of his opponent, winning 6-1 6-1. Likewise, the result on court 1 never looked in doubt, with James Shemilt coming away with a 6-3 6-2 win over the Oxford captain. At no. 3, Salil Navarpurkar started slowly, losing the first set 6-3 and trailing a break at the start of the second. The Light Blue, however, fought his way back into the match, won the second set and the third set tiebreak, proving himself a master of “winning ugly”. On court 4, Cambridge captain, Jack Long-Martinez, started quickly taking the first set, but then, after losing some rhythm on his serve and his opponent finding some exceptional form, lost the second set. Long-Martinez got back on top at the start of the third with an early break and led the rest of the way to seal a 6-4 3-6 6-3 victory. In the doubles, Long-Martinez and Shemilt paired up and beat Oxford’s first pair 6-2 6-4, while Navarpurkar and Kaminski won equally comfortably 6-1 6-4. Clearly, this result is promising and while acting as an early indication of the potential Cambridge has to dominate the Varsity match, that is still a long way off and the Light Blues cannot become complacent. Their chickens remain uncounted.