Melbourn 2 vs Crown Lodge 1
Mon 9th December
Melbourn lost 2-3
Melbourn 2nds narrowly lost this Hereward Cup first round match at home to Crown Lodge.
First up was Roger Woodfield (5) who started well against John Overvoorde, taking the first game 16-14 and then the second game with some well measured drop shots. John then tightened up his game and fought back to take the third game. The fourth game was another closely fought affair with Roger able to control the final rallies to just win the game 16-14 and the match 3-1.
On the other court Gareth Jones (3) was involved in a fast and furious match against Franek Smith which went the distance. Gareth settled after losing the opener, slowing things down to build a 2-1 lead. He might have wrapped it up in the fourth game but Franek just took the game 15-13. No matter, the final game went to the Melbourn player instead who impressed with his control and deserved to win 3-2.
Next up was Colm O’Gorman (4) played some of his best squash of the winter season. He started strongly against Tim Gibb, a big-hitting player, taking the first game. After that, the momentum shifted back and forth with some entertaining squash for the players in the gallery. Colm built a 2-1 lead, and when the score stood at 13-all in the fourth with two strings already in the bag Melbourn were within a couple of points of victory. Sadly that was as close as it would get as Tim played solidly in the next pair of rallies and at 2-2 Colm could not keep the pressure up and he just lost a very close match 2-3.
Matt Walker (2) competed well with Rob Murfitt and was unfortunate to lose the first game 13-15. He responded well and won the second 15-10. After that Rob was just a bit more consistent putting Matt under pressure he could not withstand and the match was lost 1-3.
Jan Brynjolffssen (1) was pitched against a very strong player, former England junior Sammy Chambers, who is now back in the sport after a spell away. Jan fought well in the first game but went down 10-15. With Sammy now controlling many of the rallies, the Jan everything to break his opponent’s game down but with no success. The second game was also lost 15-10 as was the third (15-not 10), resulting in a 0-3 defeat.
Skipper Roger said “We played really well against what was essentially Crown Lodge’s first team. On another day we might have won the 2-3 string we lost. Another great team effort”