Hertfordshire dominate Devonshire Park as AEGON Summer County Cup gets under-way

The sun shone on Devonshire Park as the AEGON Summer County Cup kicked off yesterday.

The tournament, which takes the best talent from 44 counties across the UK, will be taking place in venues across the country until Friday.

Eastbourne will host the men’s doubles matches between six counties – Hertfordshire, Surrey, Kent, Cheshire, Norfolk and Derbyshire.

Yesterday, as all matches got under-way, Hertfordshire recorded the most comprehensive victory, brushing aside Derbyshire 7-2.

Surrey and Kent both won by a 6-3 scoreline over Norfolk and Cheshire respectively.

In the women’s doubles, Hertfordshire, Surrey, Buckinghamshire, Lancashire, Hampshire and Isle of Wight and Middlesex will all be competing at Devonshire Park.

Again, Hertfordshire dominated proceedings, beating Middlesex 7-2. Elsewhere, Surrey overcame the challenge of Hampshire and Isle of Wight by 6-3 and Buckinghamshire won their close contest against Lancashire by five matches to four.

Today, (Tuesday) Hertfordshire will face Kent in the men’s doubles, while Surrey and Cheshire and Derbyshire and Norfolk will also go head-to-head.

In the women’s doubles, Surrey will play Middlesex, Buckinghamshire will come up against Hampshire and Isle of Wight and Lancashire will be tested by Hertfordshire.

All matches commence at 10:30am on various courts across Devonshire Park.

Meanwhile, players representing Sussex are in action at other locations in England.

The men’s doubles, who are playing in Felixstowe, narrowly lost 5-4 to Nottinghamshire yesterday and will try to get some points on the board when they face Somerset today.

The Sussex women’s doubles won their contest with South Wales yesterday in Ilkley and will come up against Berkshire later today.