Portugal Place CUSRC II vs Melbourn I
Weds 7th February
Melbourn won 17-7
Melbourn men's 1st team played away at Cambridge University sports centre again last week, but this time walked away with a much needed win against Cambridge University 2nds.
Vinod Duraiken went on first and took a solid 3-0 win at third string.
Kate Bradshaw was next up. Having started well with tight, controlled play, Bradshaw got dragged into her opponent's style which eventually ended in a 3-1 loss for the Melbourn number 5.
Mark Oppen (number 4) took up the mantle next. Concentrating on playing simple squash with good execution, Oppen pulled out a 3-0 win for the team.
Ed Wheeler and Matt Sampson were playing at the same time and with a 2-2 scoreline, it was all to play for for both of them. Wheeler faced another youth at string number two. They seemed to play a similar style and be evenly matched with neither player letting any shots go without a chase. However, Wheeler began to edge ahead in the match and attacked at the right times which resulted in some superb play and an excellent 3-1 win.
Without knowing the team had won the match, Sampson was locked in a battle with another youngster. The Melbourn number 1 took the first two games with relative ease, but his opponent lifted his attitude and his game to make it 2-2. Despite some trademark, awesome drop-shot retrievals from Sampson, he was unable to maintain his level and narrowly lost out 11-9 in the fifth.