Melbourn I vs Letchworth II
Weds 1st May
Melbourn lost 3-10
The 1sts opening game of the 2019 summer saw us host Letchworth, who are the nearest other club to us.
First on was Jan (2) against Phil Jenkins. The opening game was reasonably close until the mid-point, but after that Phil pulled away to win comfortably. Jan got a bit of a jump start in game 2 and at some stages looked like he might nick it, but Phil settled in and played solid, low-risk Squash to turn it around. Game three got out of hand quickly for the Melbourn player; at times it looked like a bagel was possible, and though at least a handful of points were gained the final 7-15 12-15 3-15 scoreline indicated properly the gap between the players.
Next on was Matt W (3) against Jason Tinsey. Matt struggled to cope with Jason’s variations in game 1 and lost it, but then began to find the range on his volley-drop in the second. Matt was mostly a point or two ahead, and that was how the game continued until it’s denoument as Matt got to game ball, saw it saved, got there again and saved again. One more iteration brought us to 16-all, Matt getting ahead again but this time drawing an error from Jason at the back of the court to level up. The importance of this game was evident in the next two as Matt held the service line and dropped Jason to death, coming through 9-15 18-16 15-8 15-10.
That sent Kate (1) against Neil Morgan to play a decider. Your correspondent didn’t see much of the first two games, but suffice to say the scorelines (15-11 15-3 to Neil) suggest one went better than the other. Game three saw Kate moving well, and coping with the pace Neil was clearly trying to put on the ball. Well worked, patient rallies and the usual impressive fleetness of foot around the court kept Kate ahead most of the way through the game until a late surge from Neil overturned a deficit in the closing points to take it 15-13.
Skipper Jan commented “We gave a good account of themselves. Matt did well to overcome an opponent with a tricky style – winning the second game on a tie-break was key. Kate looked sharp after her international endeavours but her opponent was just a bit too powerful. I played OK myself, and at least gave my opponent a workout.”