The Fab 4ths found their way to Prestbury scenting points from last-placed Prestbury 6. First to appear for the home side was Roy of the Lomas clan, so on went Gwyn at 2. It was only then that Prestbury's secret weapon was revealed - the Wall! Recently replaced, it suited hard hitters and was liable to make explosive noises if you hit it right! Gwyn served hard and drove hard, the Wall did its bit, and poor Roy had no answer mustering only 5 points. We started to plan for an early finish.
On came Chris 'I need to get away' against Geoff at 3. Geoff seemed ready to oblige him when coasting in the first, but Chris got to work on the Wall and Geoff eventually squeaked it 10-9. No alarms in the second as Geoff got used to the pace of the Wall, but the third was tight again, this time 10-9 to Chris. Geoff managed to cut the mistakes to comfortably take the fourth and the match.
Next up were the youngsters Matt (15) vs our Peter (17) and what a mature performance they gave! The first two games went narrowly to Matt, but Peter stormed back to take the third to 1 and the fourth to 4 as Matt's touch seemed to desert him . Could Peter pinch it? The fifth was tight again, Matt served tight and Peter was scrabbling recovery shots from the back corners. No lack of stamina from our man, but in the end he had to give best 6-9 - well played Peter, unlucky! And bang goes the early finish.
Our Matt at 4 took on Linda and had few problems, serving and driving hard at the Wall, dropping only 3 points to seal the match and the tie.
Meanwhile on the back court Mike at 1 was cruising against Jane, surely playing out of order? No problems for Mike here, no explosive wall to put him off, and a comfortable win.
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