Melbourn I vs Broxbourne I
Weds 29th August
Melbourn won 12-3
Melbourn 1sts final match of the Herts Division 3 2018 summer season pitted us against Broxbourne 1sts.
Due to fixture rescheduling this was the second meeting of the sides in only a few weeks, with Melbourn having edged the first encounter 2-1 thanks to a 3-2, 17-15 1st string match. The initial signs were this return could be just as competitive as Jan (3) shared his opening two games with Paul Starkey. The third looked to be going Jan’s way by a margin as he built a 12-5 lead, only for it to evaporate as Paul won seven straight rallies! However more focused and patient play saw Jan claim the next two rallies and despite losing the first game ball he got over the line on the second much to his relief. Game four was nip-and-tuck until 10-all, when it was Paul’s turn to edge ahead. However Jan fought back from a 13-11 deficit to get to match-ball at 14-13, and then caught Paul out by driving straight instead of boasting for once to claim a 3-1 win.
Next on was Mark (2), fresh back from holiday, against Paul Huckstep. A rusty a somewhat impatient performance in the opening saw Mark lose it 15-9 before cleaning things up to claim the second 15-8. The third was tight as Mark was drawn into too many front court exchanges that favoured his opponent, and despite having chances to win it he eventually was beaten on a tie-break. By now the Melbourn player was blowing significantly, but he found unexpected reserves of energy to play cleaner Squash for the next two games which he took by comfortable margins to win 3-2.
Last one was a clash of the Dan’s, Melbourn’s Easton taking on Broxbourne’s Collison. Dan E made the better start taking the first game 15-7, and though Dan C made the next two closer, E’s remarkable retrieving and patience were seeing him three points for every two conceded, which is a winning ratio. And that is what he did, taking a 3-0 victory.
Melbourn skipper Jan commented “Both Mark and I have played better in the past, but we each dug deep to win, whilst Dan was a class apart. It was a very good way to finish an enjoyable summer.”