Gosling 2 vs Melbourn 2
Tues 4th June
Melbourn lost 4-10
Melbourn 2nds succumbed to their third successive defeat on Tuesday against Gosling 2, one of the undefeated current Division 4 leaders.
In a change to the usual order, Ewan Conradie was up first at second string against an experienced opponent in Sid Newbon. Ewan won the first game comfortably, with his opponent logging an unusually large number of unforced errors. The Gosling player came back strongly in the second game, picking up on inaccurate serves to kill the ball easily on the volley and tying the score 1-1. Sid looked set to take the third game as well when he reached 14-10, but Ewan came back strongly to tie the game and gain a game point at 15-14. An ill-timed slip on the courts in a winning position saw the score tied again, after which the Gosling player recovered and with strong play took the third 18-16. Some loose stroke play by Ewan saw Sid take the fourth game, and with it the match.
Sean Hamilton was up next at first string against a strong opponent, Oliver Bush. Sean never really looked settled on the court, falling victim to some excellent cross-court stroke play and very well placed and executed boasts. After losing the first two games, Sean fought back well to take the lead at 9-8 in the third, watching the ball carefully to counter the opponent canny strokes. A few unforced errors saw the game lost, though, in the second loss for Melbourn on the evening.
Last on the court and looking for Melbourn’s first win was James Storer (3). Gosling’s Nick Catt proved another crafty player, making good use of boasts to catch the Melbourn player off-guard and soon took an 11-7 lead in the first game. James started to settle into his game at this point and came back strongly to take the first game. Despite many opportunities to kill the ball in the second with well-placed drops, James continued to play into the Gosling player’s hands and eventually lost the second game, tying the match at 1-1. In the third and fourth games James finally found his rhythm, playing his natural game, and despite missing lots of opportunities for an easier win, overpowered his opponent with some hard and accurate hitting.
Team skipper on the night, Ewan Conradie, had this to say about the match: “A tough match against one of the strongest teams in the division, who played well for the win. James played well for our only win, but a few missed opportunities may have seen a different outcome for us. We look forward to our next match where we can hopefully return to winning form.”