1st team match report
After the battering we received from the young guys at Northenden a much needed win was forecast. The match was against Bowdon 5 - a team in a similar position to us, mid table but with a weaker squad. Time to pile up the points.
730pm saw Graham vs Simon Davies in the 5th string game. We had 2 courts so Burkey set off at number 4 Manee. Graham needing to make amends for his performances the last few weeks started with the usual aggression - limiting his opponent to the back corners with little mercy. 3-0 at a rapid pace. I missed most of the game as i was ref for John but did receive a comment from my oppo who stated - "i hope our game is more beautiful than that" - little did she know that i rarely use the strings and rely on my racket edges for messy shots.
Meanwhile John was having a difficult game against a seasoned opponent with a deft back hand drive. John winning the 1st two games was on for another convincing victory.
Next on was myself vs Diane Parums (long standing player) and I was destined for the banana skin of the match. Chivalry was absent however while Diane played nice squash with considered length shots I resorted to brute force and ignorance. 3-0 to me in a well spirited game.
Meanwhile John was still on court having lost the 3rd. Common sense was regained however and took the 4th, final score 3-1
Finally, were we saving the best till last with our numbers 1 & 2 Glen & Chris on adjacent courts. Glen dispatched with his oppo Steve Bottomley with consummate ease and ridiculous shots - the best being a return from a well executed killer drive that hit the back wall, side wall (could have been both sides!) and dropped in slow motion at the left hand corner. Even Glen was embarrassed! Graham as ref awarded him a red card and his opponent effectively gave up at that point. 3-0 to Glen and it wasn't even 9pm!
Chris playing G Webb was well on his way to a convincing victory and i could see he had the end point in sight - obviously looking forward to an early finish so he could watch 'strictly - it takes 2' - the BBC magazine show covering weekly events of strictly. Chris loves it apparently. As he danced around the court with the grace of Ginger Rogers he commanded with vigour and, bar dispatching a superbly accurate shot which hit him on head (then disputed the stroke "i was miles away!"), he took his oppo apart and won 3-0.
So final score 20-1
MOM Chris Smith - well worked victory and no loss in temper!
Food - chicken stew, roast pots and gateaux. Excellent! We celebrated our 20-1 win. However full contentment was absent as Burkey was clearly having a post-match wrestling inside his head. Turns out he was 8-3 up in his 3rd game at match point and could have maintained a max points us min point Bowden 20-0 scenario.
We of course never mentioned it again for fear of upsetting John and i promised i wouldn't mention it in the match report. Oh dear!