Again K2 with a number of key players not available (for a variety of reasons – some valid some tenuous) any opposition is going to be tough and so it turned out to be playing C2 – I’ve heard that somewhere before!
Steve on first, he completely phased his opponent by not giving him the ball in the knock-up to much hilarity on the balcony. A quicker start this week, probably as his oppo was a bit cold. Some very good squash again but the signs were ominous as Steve kept feeding the left handers forehand which was by far his stronger side. A close second game and some long rallies but a stronger opponent this week and Steve had to contend with a well fought second.
Neil on against the whippet Chris Marlow – so no match there then! At 7-7 in the first Neil was looking ………….. tired and in need of a fitness regime. Later in the bar he stated “if I have a lot to eat now I might be able to manage another half pint”. Fitness programme on hold for a little while then.
Nigel on next and a poor start at 5-2 down but romped through to a 9-5 win. Next two went the wrong way 9-1, 9-1 but a better start in the 4th saw another romp to 8-2 up with the tactics of pumping the lefties back hand working well, however, this couldn’t be maintained and oppo did his own romping through to 10-8 and the match. However, given other performances to come this was a MOM performance (got to get one in quickly!).
John was by now 2-0 down to a very bored looking Adrian Alcock – so bored that having taken a 6-0 lead in the third he decided a bit of slowing the game down to let John hit the ball was called for and the tactics worked well with John gaining a credible 7 points. John declared himself well satisfied with his first thrashing of the season.
Dave Smith was on next and struggled against a solid performer. Even his oppo suggested that his court positioning needs to change and the T really is the place to dictate the game from. There seemed to be an error on the score sheet so not too sure who got the lowest number of points but I think it might have been Dave – need clarification on this as John seemed very concerned it might have been him.
Food was a bit dodgy but a nice bunch of blokes and home early – again. Next up AZ1 home and a much improved availability.
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