Rest of World win Ramsis Cup

The Rest of the World team beat Egypt by 11-10 at the Hurlingham Club, London to retain the Ramsis Cup.

The teams were well-matched but, after the first day’s play, RoW led 7-5, winning the doubles matches by 4-2 and sharing the six singles 3-3.  On day 2, Egypt won two of the three final doubles matches to reduce the deficit to 8-7 by lunch.  Egypt then won three of the second round singles matches to square the match at 9-9.  In the decisive last three singles, 26-year old Mohamed Karem played extremely well to beat Robert Fulford 7-4, 7-1 and give Egypt the lead by 10-9 for the first time in the match.

However, Reg Bamford then produced his best form to repeat his 2008 victory against Ahmed Nasr, winning 7-5, 6-7, 7-4.  In the last match to start, Stephen Mulliner, the RoW captain, lost the opening game 6-7 but took the mext two 7-5, 7-4 to take the match and secure the Rest of the World victory.