There were long faces on the balcony this Thursday, Bowden had
only three players and news that they were withdrawing from the
Steve Costello opened the match against Jedi Andy. He was fairly
decent with an unorthodox hitting style but Steve didn't want to
hang around and raised the level of the game to win 9-3. The
next two games saw some good rallies and the winners came
Knutsfords way too easily for Andy and Steve romped home 9-6,
Next on was an exhibition match; Mike Walton vs. Rodger
Snape. Mike dazzled the on lookers with tight drops and side
wall shots. He took the first game. Rodger then pulled back to one
all making the most of deep lengths and boasts. Game three
Mike dug in and ran down Rodger's boasts and countered with his
drop, but Rodger's power hitting paid off and he went 2-1 up.
Mike kept on the offensive and continued to hit tight weighted
winners and levelled the match 2-2. In the fifth both Mike
and Rodger were tiring but it as Mike who looked like the winner;
getting a better width and creating more opportunities to attack.
He went 8-6 up. Rodger pushed hard to get back to 8-8 then 9-8
ahead. Mike made a big effort to find a b/h drop winner and
followed it with a boasted f/h/cc winner to move to 9 all, before
Rodger won the hand out opened the court with a deep length and
picked off Mike's return with a short boast. Match to
David Waring took on the Bowden no.2 James McDougal, he was a young
hard hitting athletic player with and impressive double handed back
hand. But it was ineffective on the Knutsford's court; David was
able to wrong foot McDougal hard chasing to the front after the
tightest of drops. Following the next 2 games of power hitting and
feathered drops McDougal new he had lost to experience, David
Waring supporters were pleased to see him enjoy another run away
Greg Marshall played Pat, Bowden's no.3. Pat had warmed up on
Knutsford's exercise bike and this could be seen from on court. Pat
had too great a length and was tight on the side wall, Greg was
struggling to impose himself and went a game behind. In the second
Greg settled into his game and and began to create vital openings
needed to score winners and build pressure on Bowden. Greg was much
the stronger of the two players and he began to dominate the play.
He went on winning the match 3-1.
Well done Knutsford we remain undefeated!