While the weather was stilling holding up and before the women’s matches were promptly called off, UEA’s men put out a valiant effort but lost all four of their matches to Essex.

Mid-way, Luke Walker told Concrete: “We’ve got to win at least one of these singles matches to keep the game alive.”

Team Captain Charlie Pridmore said: “We may have already lost out on the draw overall as we’re too far down on the singles to claw back enough points.”

Essex were originally against playing doubles, as they had already won at that point. However, persuading from UEA’s Pridmore saw the match take place.

He said: “We’ve got guys that have come down just to play doubles.”

Jack Murray lost both sets 6-7 & 1-6; Luke Coltman sets 3-6 & 1-6 UEA lost all 8 sets in total.

Despite the tennis loss, Charlie told reporter Roo Pitt; “everyone gave their all, played their best, some matches were closer than the scores suggest, overall we’re happy.”

“We may have already lost out on the draw overall as we’re too far down on the singles to claw back enough points. We’ll still play doubles, but we can’t win now”.

Jack Murray lost both sets 6-7 & 1-6; Luke Coltman sets 3-6 & 1-6 UEA lost all 8 sets in total.