Melbourn 1 vs Club Towers 1
Weds 22nd January
Melbourn lost 2-20
Injury left the 1sts with just four again as they prepared for what is always a tough match against Bedford side Club Towers.
Starting one behind, Melbourn needed to win one of the third and fourth strings to stay alive. No easy prospect as Kate Bradshaw (3) faced Lee Bartlett and Mumin Bilen (4) took on Ivan Schimanski, both the travelling players known to be strong. Kate gave Lee a decent game but got no further than 8 in any of her three games. Mumin, meanwhile, was going toe-to-toe with Ivan. The first game needed an epic tie-break before the visitor claimed it 16-14. The second was nearly as close but went against Mumin 11-9. Impressively Mumin’s head didn’t go down after this, which is incredibly levelheaded for a 14-year-old, and battled through to win the third on another break, this one over 12-10. That was as much as Mumin could get though as Ivan closed out the fourth 11-8 for a 3-1 victory.
Mark Oppen (2) also had a tough assignment against a very handy player in Will Montgomery. It ended 3-0 to the visitor, but Mark can be pleased with his performance in making the second close and taking the third to a breaker. Matt Sampson (1) was also handed a tricky match as he took on Steven Davies. This one was close for three games, Matt taking the opener and Steven the second. The decisive moments were the last few rallies of the third, which Steven claimed on a breaker. That was the crucial lead as the Towers player won the fourth reasonably comfortably for a final score of 3-1.
Skipper Mark commented on the evening “We were actually a bit closer in this one than last week. The game scores were tighter, and we had a few game balls go unconverted, which could have added more points to our total. Overall it was more competitive, despite the final score.”