Melbourn I vs Club Towers I
Weds 3rd October
Melbourn lost 10-16
Melbourn Men's 1st team played a new opponent in the league, Club Towers, this week at home.
Vinod Duraikan (3) picked up the first win of the night for the team, having to focus hard on his shot selection and accuracy to contain his useful opponent. Vinod squared the match at 2-2 and successfully kept his opponent at bay in the fifth to seal his match win.
Malik Bilen (4) played a long and deep game, with some excellent retrieving to win in 3 straight games.
Kate Bradshaw (5) lost her opening game, pulled things back in the second only to lose it by a very narrow margin. Kate fought hard in the third game, playing some good squash and being rewarded with a game win. Unfortunately she couldn't maintain that level of play in the fourth and what was to be deciding match game for her opponent.
Ed Wheeler (2) was up against a hard hitting opponent. Ed had to play defensively and with as much accuracy as possible to force the errors from his opponent. With the games levelled and going into a deciding fifth game, it was looking like Ed had lost his chance of a win, trailing 5 points to 10. However Ed's tenacity came through and he amazingly clawed the points back one-by-one to a potentially pivotal match changing 9-10, only to lose his range of the ball during the last rally and unfortunately his match.
Matt Sampson (1) had the pressure deciding match of the night and although he fought hard against his athletic opponent, he wasn't able to contain him and lost his match 1-3.
1sts Skipper Mark Oppen said it was “A great night with some excellent and highly competitive squash. The result was just so close and could so easily have been a win for us. It was a nice consolation to pick up 10 solid league points.”