Last night saw the big Mavericks vs Seniors derby match. We knew the Seniors had a very strong team out, but we were hoping that youth and good looks would win through in the end. First up was Andy against Phil “Iron Man” Cornhill. Phil has returned to squash after a few months (maybe years) out, but showed few signs of rustiness. However Andy has been on great form all season and a titanic battle ensued with both players having periods of dominance. As we headed into the inevitable fifth game it was anyone’s match, but Phil drew on his seemingly unending stamina to secure a 3-2 win for the Seniors. A fine match to start the evening.
Meanwhile on court 3 Simon Clarke was taking on Simon Brown. Both players have had time out from squash recently, but came out of the blocks like absolute whippets. A really tough first game saw Simon B take the lead, but it always looked like a very even competition. A few breaks went Simon B’s way, and despite lots of hard work from Simon C the Seniors picked up their second win of the evening 3-0. Things were not looking great for the Mavericks…
The only sensible course of action was to look to our Captain to steady the ship. The Iceman was up against the very bendy Tim Paul, who’s remarkable shot making secured an 8-3 lead in the first. Ben’s not called Iceman for nothing though, fighting his way back into the game and getting to 8-8. Tim embraced the Maverick spirit by calling one and immediately planted his return of serve into the tin. In the second Tim picked up a calf injury and despite never giving up it was in the bag for Ben 3-0. Game on.
Will was up against the legendary Neil Hinds, a veteran war horse and a really tough challenge for our rising star. I didn’t see much of the match but I can tell from the scores that this was a cracking encounter. The first two games saw the honours shared, but Will tightened up his game to win the third and saw off a strong comeback from Neil to take the 4th as well. A terrific 3-1 result for the unbeaten Will, putting the Mavericks right back in the match.
I was last up against Rich E-H, who I’ve often struggled against in the past. In the first game the tempo was a bit frantic, the trademark E-H boast was working well and I was 1-0 down. I took on board some advice from the team and took advantage of Richard not being quite as mobile as he normally is. I worked hard to keep my concentration, managed to win the second and third and by the time I got to match point I was in fully pumped up mode. Fittingly Richard’s last shot was a boast, but I just managed to scrape it up for a rather jammy winner to take the match 3-1.
So a fantastic night of squash from both sides with the Mavericks just sneaking it 3-2 (15-8). Well played to all.