Melbourn I vs Haileybury 2
Weds 29th May
Melbourn won 10-3
Melbourn 1sts got back to winning ways in a good battle with Haileybury 2nds.
Jan Brynjolffssen (3) was first on court against Adam Gourpinar. The first game went pretty well to plan for Jan as he was able to anticipate Adam’s kill shots and get short balls he could counter-punch away for winners. Game two was closer as Adam found more tightness in the front areas, and also drew more unforced errors from Jan who gave away a string of strokes. Jan still vaguely had the upper hand, leading throughout and got himself to three game balls at 14-11. He needed all of them as Adam saved the first two, before converting. Once again in game three Jan started well and led from the early stages. This time it was two match balls earned, but once again Adam saved the pair of them with accurate Squash under pressure. However Jan took a risk with a return kill to earn another chance, and once again third time was a charm as a solid rally got him over the line 3-0.
Next on court was Chris Shaw (1), who was making his Melbourn debut. He took on Neil Houson. Game 1 featured long, drawn out rallies with consistent hitting from both players, and a consistent outcome – Chris won them. The final score in the game was 15-3, which was unreflective of how well Neil had played but did show something of the suffocating pressure Chris was applying. Game two started with points shared to 4-4, but once again Chris pulled away with good hitting and stretching. Neil threw everything at the start of game three, building a 6-3 lead but once again Chris wasn’t panicked and worked his way back in and through for the 3-0 success.
That meant the win was in the bag before Kate Bradshaw (2) took on Graham Dial. Kate started ice cold and found herself 10-1 down, which was curtains for game 1 even though she did have a run of points of her own later on to make the final scoreline more respectable (it finished 9-15). That all showed what was crucial; control the front wall. Kate did this excellently in game 2 to level up, but Graham upped the pace to turn it back around. Game four was up and down as points came in batches. Kate lead 7-4, then trailed 10-7, then led again 13-11. But Graham dug back in to take the last four rallies with some hard driving Squash to claim the 3-1 success overall.
Skipper Jan said “All three matches were competitive, and we did enough overall to win. Chris’ win was very clean, and featured some impressive Squash.”