Melbourn 2 vs Letchworth 6
Tues 2nd July
Melbourn won 12-2
Melbourn got the second half of their Hertfordshire Division 4 campaign underway by hosting Letchworth 5 on 2 July 2019.
String 3 was up first on a warm evening with plenty of bounce on the courts. Melbourn player, Ewan Conradie, won a long first game against Letchworth's Russell Bennett fairly comfortably, but the long rallies and the heat quickly wore the Melbourn player down, resulting in the loss of the second game. Some fighting words and advice from his teammates helped Ewan take the third game. The fourth game was closely contested, with the scores keeping track almost to the end of the game. The Letchworth player managed to squeeze a small lead and was close to taking the fourth game when a number of unforced errors turned the tide and gave Ewan the game and the first win of the evening.
Matt Walker was up next against Letchworth's Stuart Pyper. Matt played well in the first game, controlling the rallies and the pace of the ball well to comfortably take the first game. The Letchworth player was not undeterred and manage to dictate most of the second game and through a number of unforced errors from the Melbourn player took the second game. Matt came back strongly over the next two games, resorting to controlled squash as the evening cooled, and with good length balls and tight shots to the corners won the last two games and scored Melbourn's second win of the evening.
Aidan Hird was up last at String 1 against Ben Howe from Letchworth. The first game consisted of long rallies and fighting squash, with both players trying to dominate, but Aiden was in a ferocious mood and quickly established a one game lead. The second game saw some amazing squash from Aidan against a tiring opponent, taking the second game without even losing a point! Normal service was resumed in the third game as the Letchworth player recovered, but Aidan's dominance was never in doubt and he took the match comfortably, giving Melbourn a good victory on the night.
Team skipper for the evening, Ewan, said: "A very good win for us this evening. Everybody played well and adjusted to the warm conditions. Aidan's second game was a masterclass in squash." Melbourn travel to Luton and Dunstable next week for their next match.