Team Match Report For Division I & II for November 2012

SSC Team II Vs Chichester R & FCII   –    8th November 2012

A closely fought contest between Storrington 2nd team and league new boys Chichester saw the visitors secure a 3-2 victory. In their first season in the league, Chichester fought hard and came out on top.

Glenn, playing at no.5, completed an excellent 3-0 win over his opponent. The contest was fierce and the opening very tight indeed, but as the match wore on Glenn stamped his superiority on the match and in the end won quite convincingly. I think this may have been his first match for the club – great job!

Mike Standring’s match, despite his efforts Mike lost out  3-1 on a closely-fought contest.

Next up was Dom – what an odd match! After losing the first game 9-0 and not being able to return my opponent’s serve, I managed to work my way into the match, winning the next game 9-1. Lots of strangely topsy-turvy games ensued with similar scorelines, but I’m pleased to say my variety of shot won through and I grabbed a 3-23 victory.

Next up was Paul who had a cracking game, losing 3-1 but pushing his opponent all the way ad enjoying himself in the process.

Finally it was down to Simon with the match delicately poised at 2-2. Simon fought really hard again a similar-aged opponent; the quality was superb and the contest fairly fought, but Chichester’s man ran out a 3-2 winner.

The excellent stew after the match soon erased the memory of a near miss.

Regretfully a 4 -1 win for Midhurst, but much closer than the score suggests.

Perry Lewis at 5th string was a dependable as ever, didn’t mess around and consequently wrapped up an assured 3/0 victory.

Ken Hardman at 4th string started off in a very positive way and in the first game his opponent didn’t really know how to cope. However after advice from team-mates his opponent came out for the second game in an entirely different frame of mind and subsequently ‘turned the tables’ and took the next 3 games.

Michael Standring at 3rd string carelessly dropped the first game after being well ahead, concentrated to take the second comfortably, then let the next slip 7/9, and at 8/4 down in the 4th game the match looked all over. However he managed to save several match balls to secure that game 10/9, but couldn’t maintain the momentum and eventually lost 9/5 in the 5th.

Andrew Rolland at 2nd string was up against a very experienced player. Having lost the first game he pushed really hard in the second and was unfortunate to lose that 10/8. Things then looked more hopeful as he took the 3rd 9/2, but eventually lost the match as he went down 9/5 in the 4th.

The 1st string was the best match of the evening. Andy Banks had a great start to win the first game 9/1, then had a real tussle in the second which he eventually took 10/8. The 3rd game was the decider, the service changed so many times, supporters of both players were beginning to lose their voices and at 8/8 the match appeared to be within Andy’s grasp.

Unfortunately it was not to be, he lost 10/8 and the other two games 9/5 and 9/4 respectively. It was a great effort nonetheless.

 

SSC Team II Vs Midhurst III  –    13th November 2012

Regretfully a 4 -1 win for Midhurst, but much closer than the score suggests.

Perry Lewis at 5th string was a dependable as ever, didn’t mess around and consequently wrapped up an assured 3/0 victory.

Ken Hardman at 4th string started off in a very positive way and in the first game his opponent didn’t really know how to cope. However after advice from team-mates his opponent came out for the second game in an entirely different frame of mind and subsequently ‘turned the tables’ and took the next 3 games.

Michael Standring at 3rd string carelessly dropped the first game after being well ahead, concentrated to take the second comfortably, then let the next slip 7/9, and at 8/4 down in the 4th game the match looked all over. However he managed to save several match balls to secure that game 10/9, but couldn’t maintain the momentum and eventually lost 9/5 in the 5th.

Andrew Rolland at 2nd string was up against a very experienced player. Having lost the first game he pushed really hard in the second and was unfortunate to lose that 10/8. Things then looked more hopeful as he took the 3rd 9/2, but eventually lost the match as he went down 9/5 in the 4th.

The 1st string was the best match of the evening. Andy Banks had a great start to win the first game 9/1, then had a real tussle in the second which he eventually took 10/8. The 3rd game was the decider, the service changed so many times, supporters of both players were beginning to lose their voices and at 8/8 the match appeared to be within Andy’s grasp.

Unfortunately it was not to be, he lost 10/8 and the other two games 9/5 and 9/4 respectively. It was a great effort nonetheless.

 

SSC Team II Vs Bluecoat Sports Horsham III  –    22nd November 2012

We thought that Storrington II’s had put out a reasonably strong side for this away trip to Christ’s Hospital but nobody in the team liked their courts – as the results showed! Not only are the courts extremely hot but the humidity is high from moisture in the air from their swimming pool. Excuses, excuses….!

To be honest they were just too good for us and they told us afterwards that this had been the strongest team they had been able to put out all season.

Perry Lewis at 5th string produced the best result, going down 3/2 after taking a 2/1 lead. It’s not often you hear Perry admitting to fatigue but he was honest enough to say that he had given his all in the first 3 games.

Michael Standring’s match at 4th string was played in a similar manner. After a winning start he then lost both the next two games 10/8 and eventually the 4th, so went down 3/1.

Alan Rutland at 3rd string experienced exactly the same frustrations and lost 3/0.

Chris Walls at 2nd string lost the first then having built up a good lead in the second game failed to capitalise on it and eventually his opponent clawed back the deficit to take a hard game 9/8. The 3rd went to same way for a 3/0 defeat.

Ryan Buck was up against a very experienced opponent and some of the long rallies were a joy to watch. The match was played in a great spirit and integrity but in the end his opponent had the edge and he also lost 3/0.