OK, ok. So the reports have somewhat dried up this season. I can’t blame the captains/team reporters who have been excellent at sending through their copy (especially Tim Leslie-Smith) , so I have to hold my hands up. A combination of absence, IT problems and inertia are to blame but the rot stops here.
In Division 1 the 1a boys have only played a miserable 4 fixtures, two of which have been against WSRC. Bizarre scheduling which suggests they are going to be active in 2016. They are won 2 lost 2 so far leaving them second bottom of the table, but most sides have played 7 matches by now. With their full team out they are a force to be reckoned with, but their small squad can be a little fragile. The resurgence of Will Gardner in particular means that they will hope for a sequence of wins in the new year.
1b have managed the ‘normal’ 7 fixtures, and sit 5th of 8 with a won 2, lost 5 record. They’re often involved in 3-2 scorelines which is fine provided some of them are going your way… A fine victory over high flying Gerrards Cross in the last match before the break should give them confidence going into 2016. Ever reliable captain Rob Parry and an increasingly confident Simon Ross will hope to lead the charge.
In Division 2, both sides are really setting the pace. The Mavericks have been at Mach 5 pretty much all season and sit proudly at the top of the table with a won 9, lost 1 record. They have had numerous star performers but leading the pack is surely captain and now accepted ‘Iceman’ Ben Boulter who just.. doesn’t.. lose. The team’s only loss has been to the wily Seniors. #geriatricsquash sit second, with a record of won 8, lost 2. They are nicely tucked into the slipstream of their younger colleagues and no-one would bet against them mounting a title challenge when the sharp end of the season arrives. From a trophy hunting point of view this is surely the division to watch for CBLTSC fans.
The Upstarts voluntarily went into Div 3 this season in order to provide opportunities for more players to get involved in team squash. They have had a solid first half with a won 4, lost 4 record. Tom Walter has showed some of his undoubted quality in his debut season, and Kate Ballingall is also proving a force to be reckoned with.bn
The plan for the new year is for teams to post their own reports directly to the website, so barring a few inevitable teething problems, there will hopefully be some more regular updates and a lot less from me.
Happy New Year all.