Kimbolton 2 vs Melbourn 2
Wed 20th November
Melbourn won 16-8
Melbourn 2nds continued their winning run with a victory away at Kimbolton in the Cambs Div 4 Winter League.
First on court was Ben Jakes (5) making not only his debut for Melbourn but also playing in his first team match. He made a nervous and tense start against Lee Moore. Although he was competitive, Ben lost the first two games to a seasoned campaigner. Then he found his form and steadily fought his way back into the match to a 2-2 position. Ben’s performance in the final game was excellent as he dominated Lee and won the game and the match 3-2.
Roger Woodfield (4) took on another experienced player, Anthony Charters. Not playing his best squash, Roger gradually took control of the match by playing more consistent squash as Anthony made more errors. The third game was very competitive but, at 13-13, Roger played two winning shots to take the game and the match 3-0.
Colm O’Gorman (3) started well against Andy Rettie, winning the first game 15-13 but then losing the next game 15-17. As the match developed Colm struggled to maintain his usual rhythm and he lost the next game. Recovering well, he convincingly took the fourth game and forged ahead in the fifth and established a commanding 8-3 lead. But then his game faltered and Andy really exerted pressure and, to the surprise of the audience, the Melbourn player lost his way and the game and the match 2-3.
Meanwhile, Matt Walker (2) found himself in a real battle with Dave Parker for the first game which he eventually won 18-16 having saved five games balls along the way. This was the defining moment and Walker went on to win the next two games convincingly and the match 3-0.
Jan Brynjolffssen (1) found it hard to impose his game on Nigel Harper, a very experienced touch player who expertly killed any return that came into his range. No matter what Jan tried, the Kimbolton player dominated the rallies. His confidence grew and, at the end, Nigel was making very few mistakes and he won the match 3-0.
Skipper Roger Woodfield “The highlight of this match was Ben Jakes’ impressive debut. As it turned out, his win was critically important to us winning overall”