Not sure who to tell, or where to post the result of our Cornwallis Cup game last night against Kings, so hopefully this will get to the right person…
Thought I would try a match report too, if anyone is interested, if not don’t read on and Rodmersham won 5:0.
A tough match started early with Neil Baker V Duane Harrison at No.1. When the rest of the Rodmersham team turned up Neil was 1:0 down and 7:4 down in the 2nd, with Duane playing really well, he took the 2nd game too. 2:0 Duane. A little talk to Neil saw him race off to get the third 9:0 but then Duane came back strong in the 4th to get to match ball, he had about 4 of these until Neil managed to peg it back to 8:8 then take it 10:8 – 2:2 This seems to be a pattern for their matches, with Neil more than capable of winning 3:0 on paper, but Duane more than capable of tearing that bit of paper up. Anyway Neil came through a very tough (for Duane) fifth to take the match 3:2 – 1:0 Rodmersham – Well played Duane, I would blame the marker.
Next up were the No. 5’s – Craig Blundy v’s Owen Moelwyn-Hughes. For anyone who has played Craig, they will know he hit’s the ball well, but for those of you who haven’t seen Owen play, I can tell you don’t leave it loose as he will put it into the nic. With similar styles of play, fortunately Craig was on form and managed to put the ball just that little bit too far out of reach for most of the match and won a fairly comfortable 3:0 – 2:0 Rodmersham
Next up No.3’s – Graeme Tyndall V Tom Woods (me) This started as a very competitive game with the first rally seeing us both stretched all over the court, and then also the second very much the same. But a ball called down by the marker to give me a 2:0 lead in the 1st game seemed to put Graeme off, and he returned the next 7 serves pretty much into the tin. With the loss of 3 points and Graeme breaking a racket across his foot in frustration, I won 3:0 – not at all how after the first 2 rallies I thought it would end up. 3:0 Rodmersham
Next – 4’s – Martin Clark v’s Byrom Boutorabi – This match was on at the same time as John and Tom M on the other court so didn’t see too much of it, but Martin fresh from his Triathlon training before the match seemed to effortlessly be able to play some awful squash, I saw one boast from the back go out of court on the front wall. Byrom worked Martin hard throughout the game, taking the 2nd to make it 1:1 but Martins experience and in the end fitness and not finesse saw him take the match 3:1, I think Martin needs to play more squash. 4:0 Rodmersham.
No.2’s – This was a very good match to watch with Tom playing and moving as well as I have seen him. Some great backhand drops and tight hitting that enabled Tom to take the 1st game 9:6. John managed to get the upper hand in the 2nd again after some punishing rallies and great pickups from both players, not pretty squash but fast paced hard hitting seemed to be the tactic of the night. The same happened in the 3rd with John taking it to go 2:1 up and then the 4th looked to be going the same way too, only to see Tom somehow manage to win it and take it to a decider. John showed his experience and pulled out a lead and took the 5th 9:2. Tom played really well but, John is on a crash diet and even been playing squash more than once a week since Christmas, with about 1 stone less lard to carry around his court movement seems to be returning pretty quickly.
So overall a 5:0 win to Rodmersham with some great squash to watch. well played everyone.
Posted by Tom Woods on February 3, 2012 at 8:31