After a tough first week, both D1 sides really hit their stride this week with 4-1 victories. 1a travelled to Uxbridge and came away with the points. Good victories for James Pearson, Ben Pothecary and Paul Bolden backed up a particularly notable win for captain Dan Colquhoun over the highly rated Jayden Gough.
Back at home base 1b took on the ever chirpy boys from Gerrards Cross. In the battle between the reigning and former CBLTSC champions, youth triumphed over age as current champion Tom Paine convincingly dispatched former title holder Trevor Loran. Giving up approximately 30 years to Tom, Trevor put in a spirited performance despite being somewhat hampered by an injury to his rhythmic right hand. But young Mr Paine is just too consistent and too mobile these days to be seriously troubled by many O55s, so he saw the match out comfortably.
At 2 Andy Peers beat Steve Sieff, who couldn’t find a way to win the points that he controlled and found plenty of ways to lose them. Some decent points throughout the contest but a comfortable win for Andy, as predicted by the ever reliable Squash Levels website.
Will Piper v Stu Hefferman at 3 was the match of the night. A mobile and disciplined Will took advantage of some uncharacteristic looseness and errors to comfortably win the first and then narrowly win the second. Stuart is a canny tricky wee operator though and staged a strong comeback to take the match into a fifth. At 10-6 up in the deciding game, it looked like the veteran would close out a hard fought victory, but young Mr Piper has the wonderful quality of never knowing when he’s beaten and seemed to redouble his running and his hitting as he scraped back everything and clawed his way back into the match to take it into a tie-break. The final few points swung one way then the next, with match balls to each and disputed calls all round before Will eventually emerged victorious 15-13. Another excellent victory for the young man who seems to be enjoying life in the D1 middle order.
Captain Rob Parry took on Mike Burnett at 4 in a match that always seemed close to call. It wasn’t looking that way initially though as Rob struggled to find a way to make the most of the opportunities he had created, but in typical fashion he produced a gritty battling performance to come from behind to win 3-2. A bit of icing on the CBLTSC cake.
Earlier on in the night Andy Piper had got proceedings off to a great start with his 3-1 victory over Mike Jacobs. Adversaries from way back, Andy struggled at times with the leftie’s shots and movement, but found a way to impose his game and close out the win without ever looking in too much trouble.
Roll on Aylesbury next week!