Tigers out for revenge
Determined to avenge their 5-0 defeat to the Seniors in February, the Tigers brought in 2 players at the top of the order – club pro Andy L and 1st team ranked player Toby J. First on were Tim P against England ranked U15 Will S and Neil against Toby. It wasn’t long before our players were 2-0 down, though they both came very close in the first game. The much improved Toby proved too quick and accurate for Neil who had just flown in from America, winning in 3. Tim however found second wind (of sorts!) and pulled the score back to 2-all. Unfortunately for us, Will has a very mature head and held his nerve to pull away from 4-all and win in 5. Next up was Ed taking on County O55 captain and #1 string, Chris G. From the word go this looked like being a long-winded affair, the first 2 games taking 40 minutes. Unfortunately these went to Chris 10-8 and 9-7 but Ed looked definitely capable of turning it around. Upping the pace and chasing everything down, Ed pulled back the next two games to level the scores after an hour’s play. Chris found new energy in the 5th, pulling the score back to 7-all. However, Ed held his nerve and played some excellent drop shots at the crucial moments to come through a deserved winner; an hour and a quarter and quite a thriller. Meanwhile, Phil was doing battle with Andy L. Despite terrific retrieving from Phil which almost earnt him the 2nd game, the stylish and classy play from Andy shone through – a 3-0 win and with it the overall match. Simon at #4 however was determined to fight for pride and again with unbelievable retrieving and some excellent winners, came through in 3 against captain Gareth, albeit with a slight stutter towards the end where the tin suddenly started getting in the way of some otherwise perfectly good shots.
Final score 2-3, 8-15, confirming the Tigers’ second place 22 points behind the Mavericks. Aylesbury 1 just edged us by a couple of points and we await the result of the Nomads’ match next week to see whether they can propel themselves up to 3rd or 4th. Overall, a very good season for the Seniors in a close and competitive league. Out of 20 matches we have had ten 3-2’s, with 3 of them going in our favour. Of the remaining 10 matches, we won 8, including wins over the top two teams, so really well played everybody!