Seniors week 10

WSRC Drifters (away) 08 Mar 16.

After a break in week 9, Seniors defeat the Drifters 4-1 (16-8).

We had a narrow escape against the Drifters in January, just winning 3-2, so to find that they had a stronger side plus the home advantage this time around hinted at another close encounter, or worse. Fortunately we were also strengthened by returning ‘Seniors’ stalwart Phil C who was lined up against Adam P, just back from a spell away. Their match was on first and Phil stormed ahead to 8-0 before Adam began to find his touch, held off 3 game balls and won it 10-9. Several of us could straight away see this going to 5 and true to form the games alternated up to 2-all. By now, Phil (aka Ironman) had much better legs and, playing some telling forehand drop shots to stretch his opponent further, took the 5th in what was an impressive come-back match with some amazing retrieving by both players.

Neil H took on Chris P at #2 and although there was some seriously classy shot making by both players, Neil had the stronger game and better court coverage, coming through in 3. So it’s 13 and counting…! Tim P (carrying a niggle) was up against Rob W at #3. The home player proved very effective at taking the ball in short whenever the chance arose and duly came through 3-0. Meanwhile, Ed was locked in battle with the very nimble and effective Tim H. Ed took the first 2 games for the loss of only 4 points but Tim fought back to narrowly take the 3rd and was proving quite a handful. The 4th was a very close affair, but much to the eventual relief of the away support on the balcony, Ed came through to take it 10-8 on the 3rd match ball, clinching the match for the team at 3-1 in rubbers.

So to the 5th string game. Now it wouldn’t be a Seniors match without a late night cliff-hanger. This time the honours fell to Andy M to keep the packed balcony in suspense and almost run the clock down to what used to be closing time. Although losing the first 2 games, largely due to some unbelievable (it-can’t-last-can-it?) winners from his opponent, Andy dug deep and won the 3rd and then the 4th after saving 2 match balls. Again, the stronger legs won the day (just!) with Andy ultimately coming through in the 5th in what was a truly gutsy match by both players.