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Portugal Place CUSRC 1 vs Melbourn 1

Portugal Place CUSRC 1 vs Melbourn 1

Weds 5th February


Melbourn won 17-7

Mumin Bilen was first up for Melbourn 1st squash team last Wednesday against Cambridge University’s 1st team. Mumin (5) made short work of his opponent, Bradley Sawyer, in his usual, relaxed style. Dropping just 12 points in the match, he sped to a 3-0 victory. His older brother, Malik Bilen (2), reached the same conclusion just as swiftly, only giving away 8 points. The ever-energetic Malik was too much for Jacob Coxon to handle and the Melbourn player romped to a 3-0 victory too.

Kate Bradshaw (4) was next on. Unfortunately she couldn’t create the form she’d enjoyed earlier on in the season and was unable to really get into her game losing 3-0 to Dom Atherton in a frustrating performance.

Skipper Mark Oppen (3), who has also struggled for form of late, looked like he might be in trouble too in his match with Max Tan having lost the initial momentum to go 2-1 down. However, Mark pulled his game together and worked hard to dig out a 3-2 win, 13-11 in the fifth. Matt Sampson (1) rounded up the evening with a very entertaining match which saw him come back from a 2-0 deficit, much to the annoyance of opponent David Roper. Although not at his best, the quality of Sampson’s squash and sheer class shone through, leading to a 3-2 victory and much needed points for the Melbourn side.

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