The fixture against Nottingham was always going to be a tough one, and Birmingham knew they would have to be near their best if they were going to get a result from this fixture.
Up first were the two Oscars, 4th seed Oscar Lloyd and 5th seed Oscar Mansfield Jones. Both of them had tough games against very clinical opponents from the East Midlands. Oscar Lloyd was up against a very proficient server and despite strong rallies, the Nottingham seed managed to get into a strong rhythm in all three games and managed to win comfortably. Oscar Mansfield Jones had played a different style of opponent, but sadly faced the same result. He started slowly, losing the first set 11-4 but managed to play his way into the match in the second and third games, but still lost both narrowly.
Being 2-0 down after the first two rubbers, Birmingham needed a response and second seed Srikar Mummidi was able to deliver. His strong variation of shots were too much for his Nottingham counterpart, as he won the first two games well. Srikar also managed to hold his nerve in the third, as the two players traded points throughout the game, he managed to come out 14-12 to the good. Overall score 2-1 to Nottingham with two to play.
The penultimate match saw first seed and club President Sam Scivier play in the tightest rubber of the five. Both of the first two games went to two clear points, with Sam losing 13-11 and then winning 12-10. The match was tight and the two players were consistently finding the corners to make the returns as difficult as possible for their opponent. Sadly in the third and fourth games Nottingham’s class showed, Sam was on the wrong side of some tight umpiring calls and he faced a ruthless performance as he went down 3-1.
The final rubber saw a thrilling match where third seed Harry Kitchens narrowly won the first two games. Despite being 2-0 up, both games could have gone the other way so it was disappointing to see the Nottingham player retire, who knew his side had already won the fixture.
Final Score: University of Birmingham 2s 2-3 University of Nottingham 2s