County Cup tennis: Champs Hertfordshire remain unbeaten at Devonshire Park

Hertfordshire remain on course for their fifth consecutive Aegon Summer County Cup title after they edged out Kent on a rain-affected day at Devonshire Park.

Kent will wonder what might have been having had match points in two of the nine rubbers.

Hertfordshire Ladies in action at Devonshire Park

Hertfordshire Ladies in action at Devonshire Park

The 6-3 score line in Hertfordshire’s favour could have so easily been reversed had it not been for a whirlwind final set comeback from British No.6 Ed Corrie and his brother David in their opening match.

The dynamic duo were 5-2 down in the deciding set but managed to save a match point and then roar to victory.

Former Davis Cup player Arvind Parmar and team mate George Coupland also saved a match point to win in three and Parmar believed the momentum changed after that.

“It really could have gone either way,” said the 35-year-old. “We could have so easily lost two of those matches and the momentum would certainly have been with them.

“People were saying it was a potential title decider but it’s too early in the week to think like that.”

Despite the defeat British No.25 Lewis Burton is confident Kent can still win the County Cup.

“It was a tough loss for us today but our team remains strong for the rest of the week. Hertfordshire lose some of their big names as the week goes on so if we can keep racking up the rubbers we have got a chance of winning the whole thing.”

To do that they will have to overcome a buoyant South Wales side on day three after they outmuscled an experienced Norfolk outfit 5-4.

It was a bittersweet day for Cardiff’s Josh Milton who lost his first rubber in 26 attempts.

“The team won overall which is great,” said the British No.13. “We are two from two now and believe we are good enough to be fighting for the trophy at the end of the week; the whole team believes it.

“Kent will be a very tough match, they’ve got some top players but if we can beat them that will be huge.

“I lost my first rubber in 25 matches which was disappointing but as long as the team keep winning I’ll be happy.”

In the third and final match Surrey, runners-up in 2012, got their County Cup challenge back on track by thrashing Yorkshire 8-1.