Men’s team squash – Week 21 report

Two matches to report from this past week as the Juniors faced Aylesbury in
a crunch fixture and 1b faced Gerrards Cross in a largely irrelevant end of
season encounter.

Let’s deal with the less important one first. A comprehensive defeat for 1b
in a match they would have hoped to score a few points. 5-0 and only 4
points picked up. Pretty horrendous. In theory the 1b boys have one more
fixture – against bottom of the table Aylesbury – next week to restore some
pride although we all wait for that one to be confirmed…

Much happier news from the Juniors and the pen of Tim Leslie-Smith:

‘A welcome win for the Juniors against a slightly under strength Aylesbury
team.

First out of the blocks was Ben against Aylesbury newcomer Lewis. It was an
absolutely flying start from Ben, who was determined not to drop a game and
took the first 2 games at a canter. Despite Lewis eventually turning up in
the 3rd nothing could stop the lightning Boult and he secured a well
deserved victory 3-0. The (reasonably) high level of concentration
throughout the match definitely paid dividends.

Great to see Tom returning to the team and facing youthful opponent Dan.
Both players seemed keen to secure an advantage and then throw it away in
the following game. Tom was playing his usual brand of generally bizarre,
but effective, shot making, and was holding his own until the last game when
match fitness came into play and he succumbed 3-2. Good effort though after
such a long time out.

Amy’s matches are always worth watching and this outing against another
young gun, George, was no exception. Some really superb rallies were a
credit to both players, but Amy worked her magic going 2-0 up. A loss of
concentration allowed George back into the match, but in the end Amy won
through 3-2 – a super result. George was to be seen retching 20 minutes
later, so it was obviously fairly tough for him…

Andy and I went on court knowing that one of us had to win. I felt
reasonably confident against my opponent Richard, but managed to lose my
way, as per usual. He had a rather devastating return to my lob serve, which
I didn’t really catch on to until Tom pointed it out. The following game I
heeded the advice and came through 3-1.

Andy’s match finished at a similar time with him also winning 3-1 against
Chris. I didn’t see it, but it sounded like Andy was half asleep in the
first game, woke up for the second, drifted off again in the third but was
wide awake for the fourth. Well played, Andy. I must say we were all rather
disappointed that Aylesbury’s usual number 1, Tristan (with the volcanic
temperament), couldn’t make it – a great shame as we all like to see
fireworks at the end of a night!

Final match score was a very welcome and much needed 18-7 to the Juniors.
Well done, team.’

And so we come to the final week of the season. 1b finish off with an away
trip to confirmed bottom of the table Aylesbury (if they honour the fixture)
but with just one team going down from that division the result is pretty
academic. Congratulations to new entrants Aylesbury grammar School for
winning the title. Similarly WSRC 2 are confirmed champions of Div 2. The
bottom of Div 2 on the other hand could hardly get any closer. 19 points for
a 5-0 win and two teams relegated means that the Juniors in 7th with 176
points and the Upstarts in 8th with 174 points are not safe from being
overtaken by the Beaconsfield Bears in 9th with 168 or Aylesbury 2 in 10th
with 158.

The Div 2 fixtures are as follows:

Tuesday 31/3/15
RAF v Aylesbury 2
Seniors v 1879
Holmer Green 2 v WSRC 2
Beaconsfield Bulls v Upstarts

Thursday 2/4/15
Juniors v Beaconsfield Bears

The key match is likely to be the final one. The Bears are 6 points behind
the Upstarts, so the Upstarts need to pick up 14 points in Beaconsfield to
take it out of the Bears’ hands. Anything less and they will be relying on
the Juniors not to drop too many points on Thursday. 13 points is the
minimum one can win a match with, so even a narrow win for the Upstarts on
Tuesday would see them safe. The Juniors have an advantage of 8 points over
the Bears, so they can afford defeat, but nothing too heavy. Should be a
good night for Twitter!

All up to date fixtures and tables can be found at
http://buckssquash.leaguerepublic.com/l/league/850183189.html. Next week
I’ll report on final standings and we’ll have a bit of a season review.