OMG, Buxton away and with such a strong choice for selection, all players were getting in their excuses not to get picked for the fab 4ths long trek past the cat n fiddle! We had social (work, child care, on a jolly), travel (Spain, Corfu and must’ve been a KSC event in Devon by the number there!), not forgetting the medical stuff which sounded like a medical dictionary- broken wrist, hip replacement, heart attack, dodgy back, cant walk, sore finger and finally worse- given up and sold my squash racket!
Still the troops rallied and a rag tag bunch, all jostling for the number 5 spot, set off to Buxton, no snow but thick fog! - didn’t see that coming literally!
First up, we welcomed back Dalton junior - pushed up the order as the fittest looking of our team, despite coming straight from A&E having just suffered a shrapnel injury to the eye- (now that was a proper injury!) Unfortunately the injury left Andy a bit blinded and the first game passed him by to 1. Second game off came the eye patch and Andy got into the game, but the cold, slow courts favoured the home side as they drew first blood (not real blood- didn’t want any more injuries)
Meanwhile Graham, got the number 5 slot and looked good, the slow courts suiting his game as he dropped his way to the first 2 games. Alas his oppo started to read Graham’s game and from then on we had 3 games played entirely in front of the red service line except for one Thomson drive to the back corner in the 4th game. Unfortunately that shot was a limited edition collector’s item, not seen since. As Grahams legs tired Buxton edged in front, despite a 16-14 nail biting loss in the fourth. Graham- hope you can walk Friday morning!
Nigel on next, keeping a low profile down the order, and produced a classy, skilled, never troubled performance- watch out Nigel the 3rds may just yet beckon!
Skip at one, made short shrift of his opponent and levelled the tie. Meanwhile Nick at 3 had a tough battle and despite taking the first couldn’t keep it up, obviously disappointed to have missed out on a rematch with Annika the previous week.
So a narrow loss 14-9, just a 2 point swing in one game in our favour would have made all the difference, but that’s the excitement of American scoring!
Finally, a big thank you for everyone’s responses to all the emails, especially those who turned up and filled all the slots.