Melbourn I vs March I
Weds 27th February
Melbourn lost 19-4
Melbourn Mixed 1st team played at home to March last Wednesday. This was always going to be a tough match with Melbourn being without a few players and March having a large pool of players to pick from.
The evening started with Kate Bradshaw against Ed Lefevre at 5 string. While feeling strong physically following some time off with injury, Bradshaw's sharpness and reliability of shot play was not up to standard and she lost 3-0 to her rangy opponent.
Mumin Bilen (4), one of the junior rising stars, played some excellent squash with great shot selection, but was simply not as physically strong as his older opponent [Ed – older, but still a teenager!] and he lost 3-0. Brother Malik was next up at 3 string. He was facing a tough draw here, with a vastly experienced Matt Fiveash determined to win. Although the rallies were hard and the second game very tight, the variation in Fiveash's game proved too much to handle for the Melbourn junior player.
Ed Wheeler played a solid game at 2 string, just missing out on the first and taking the third, but losing the fourth resulting in a 3-1 against scoreline. The final match of the evening saw Melbourn's number 1, Matt Sampson, in action. With a heavy cold and still nursing an ankle injury, Sampson did not look as though he was going to make it through the match. Losing the first 5-11, he pulled himself back into contention by winning the second, only to suffer a third game loss, 5-11 again. However, his March opponent was not able to sustain the form that was challenging Sampson and the more experienced Melbourn player managed to disrupt his opponent's rhythm, enabling him to scrape the next two games, taking the sole win of the night for Melbourn 3-2.