Both D1 teams on the road this week, with 1A facing Gerrards Cross and an understrength 1B taking on the might of champions Aylesbury Grammar School.
After a good performance but only 2 points from their AGS match the week previously, 1A went to Gerrards Cross knowing they needed to pick up some points, but confident that they could do so. The home side were missing stalwart number 2 Andy Peers and had regular number 3 Steve Wright returning from injury a place higher than usual so must have had some misgivings against a virtually full strength 1A line up who welcomed back Peter East at 5 for the first time this season. Unfortunately for the CBLTSC boys GX proved again that they are tough nuts to crack and that their squad, although thin, has quality all the way down the order. Matches all the way through were well contested but the home side carried the day 3-2 with reigning CBLTSC champion Trevor Loran overcoming Sam Pothecary 3-1, Steve Wright getting the surprise result of the night 3-0 against Dan Colquhoun and Michael Jacobs pulling off a 3-0 victory over Pete East. Honourable mention though to Will Gardner for coming back from 1-2 down to beat Mike ‘smiling’ Burnett 3-2 and to Paul Bolden for a 3-1 victory over ultra tricky Stuart Hefferman. 16-7 to GX then.
1B travelled up the A41 to AGS somewhat less hopeful. The champions have carried all before them again this season, so taking them on without Phil Taylor or James Pearson in the line up did not bode well. The predictable 5-0 defeat did follow, but like the 1As last week, the 1B players can take heart from some good performances. Tim King and Steve Sieff both battled well against Tom Phipps and Alex Preston, but both went down to 1-3 defeats. Likewise Wayne Scott at 5. In the battle of the captains Darren Withey proved a tad too canny for Rob Parry edging three close games and so it was once again left to Simon Ross to garner as many points as he could for the visitors against youngster Marcus Connor. Following the failure of the team to provide his contractually negotiated chauffeur, Mr Ross was not a happy man. Losing the first 15-13 would have done nothing to improve his mood, but he roared back to take a 2-1 lead. The fourth and fifth were close but credit to his young opponent for coming back strongly and managing to hold on for the 3-2. So just 5 points gained for 1B, but no shame in the defeat.
Next matches will be 1A hosting Holmer Green on 3 Feb then 1B welcoming Uxbridge the week later. In the interim the county championships are taking place at Chesham so why not whet your appetite for next week’s matches by coming down to watch some squash?