The Men’s Blues took the long trip to Portsmouth in search of their first league points in what has, thus far, been a difficult season. Playing at number one singles, Tim Prossor was unfortunate to lose out to his determined opponent 3-6 6-2 6-4, while Jack Long-Martinez struggled for form at number three and lost in straight sets. Gerald Wu and Nikhil Sharma (playing at numbers two and four respectively), however, were far more successful in their singles encounters; both were able to win in three sets, with Gerald overcoming a disappointing first set to win emphatically 5-7 6-2 6-1 and Nikhil gaining a well-deserved 4-6 6-2 6-0 victory against an entertainingly volatile opponent. In the doubles, the number one pairing of Tim and Jack battled bravely against a strong pairing, ultimately losing 1-6 6-4 4-10. As a result, it was left to the second pairing of Gerald and Nikhil to secure an overall draw. Thankfully, they obliged, winning 5-7 7-5 10-8 in what was an incredibly tense and entertaining affair.
The securing of an away draw against a strong Portsmouth side is a positive result for the team and certainly bodes well for the remaining BUCS league fixtures.