Kimbolton I vs Melbourn II
Weds 10th October
Melbourn won 18-5
The Seconds travelled to Kimbolton School to take on the hosts 1sts team off the back of a 5-0 success over Comberton in week 1 that had made us the early leaders of Division 4.
The first match on pitted Ewan Conradie (5) against Thomas Moore. Ewan was level pegging in the early stages, but then seemed to go into his shell and lost the first game comfortably. The second was better, Ewan working the back corners to draw errors but after that Thomas’ movement and the need to hit five winners a rally gradually wore the Melbourn player down and he lost 8-15 15-11 6-15 3-15.
Next door Roger Woodfield (4) was involved in a battle against Kevin Smith. Roger was mostly ahead in the opening game, but a late surge from Kevin made it close before Roger saw it out. The next two were nip-and-tuck as Kevin looked to push Roger back and Roger sought his deadly drop shots. There was nothing in either, with both being decided by the obdurate gameplay that Rog can bring to the court as he won 15-12 15-13 16-14.
Gareth Jones (3) followed Roger on to court against an opponent, Nick Darlow, who looked likely to have great touch but not the swiftest movement. This gave Gareth a simple gameplan to state, not necessarily to execute:- push his opponent deep by hitting length, and then cut the ball in short to end the rally. Gareth pulled this off excellently in game 1, but then started the second with a number of mistakes to trail early by a few points. However a bit of a chat to self appeared to sort things out as the errors stopped, and with that it was all Gareth as he came through 15-6 15-7 15-6.
Meanwhile on the other side Matt Walker (2) was playing a familiar foe in John Tose. The match featured some nicely constructed rallies and overall good Squash, but the outstanding shot was Matt’s deadly drop volleys. Time and again the players would work each other around until Matt could step in on one and *nick* *dead*. A repeated pattern in each game was Matt drawing away at the conclusion, as he won 15-9 15-11 15-8.
The final match pitted Jan Brynjolffssen (1) against Adam Jessup. Jan coped with Adam’s tricky, flicky style well in the first game, the gameplan once again being the obvious deep shots then step in a play short wherever possible. However Adam began to get his range on his backhand volley return and once that happened Jan couldn’t break free. Even so he led late in the second before a failure to put away a straightforward kill at 13-12 seemed to have a disproportionate effect as he lost the next two rallies to drop the game.
Game three followed a similar pattern of exchanging handouts immediately, but this time it was Adam’s turn to make key errors as he tinned returns on points near the end of the game to hand it away. Game four, and, well, you get the message. Jan’s mistakes at the death and we were into a decider... which ended with Adam making errors at a crucial time as Jan came through with a scratchy 15-10 13-15 15-11 12-15 15-12 victory. Thankfully for everyone’s nerves the winning bonus had been secured before this match commenced!
Skipper Roger commented “This was a very solid performance. I was impressed by everyone’s focus and determination to mostly give very little away and concentrate on getting the right result”