Team Match Report For Division I & II for January 2013

SSC Team II Vs Bluecoats Sports Horsham III  –    10th January 2013

Revenge for Storrington II 

After the 5/0 defeat at Bluecoats in November the team came away muttering about the excessive heat and that they always felt the same…………. in truth we should have adapted and it was just a case of being bad losers! However when Bluecoats were scheduled to play at Storrington in January hopefully it would be really cold and furthermore we would leave the doors open all day and get our own back. Well we weren’t that unsporting but it was a cool night and they didn’t settle.

Storrington got off to a good start when Bluecoats arrived a man short. 1/0 to Storrington.

First up was Paul Rolland who for once really concentrated right from the  start of his match and never let his opponent into the game. He won 3/1 quite quickly.

On the other court Simon Corby got off to flyer winning the first 9/0 but then his opponent got to grips and took the next 10/9. The next was 10/9 to Simon who then tightened up his game even more to win the next 9/0 and the match 3/1.

Michael Standring as expected, took full advantage of the cold courts, the ball rarely reaching the back wall and his opponent so used to a  prolonged fast game never settled and Michael took the match is a short time 3/0.

The match of the night was a tremendous tussle between Alan Holbrook and Graham Johnston who had beaten Storrington’s number one Ryan Buck at Horsham. At the start it appeared that Graham would take the match quite comfortably but to everybody’s amazement Alan put up a fantastic fight and eventually triumphed 9/7 in the 5th game.

So a 5/0 win for Storrington II’s. What a night!

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.


Team matches report for Division I & II for October 2012

SSC Team I  Vs Middleton IV   –  16th October

The first two games of this weeks fixture against a newly promoted Middleton side started off all square as the number four and five strings won and lost respectively.  In and  playing at short notice at number five (in place of a sickly Ryan Buck) was stalwart Paul Rolland, starting off strongly, Paul took the first game but despite heroic efforts lost the next three.    Meanwhile an unstoppable  Simon Corby at four managed to disrupt his far more youthful opponent and with barely concealed passion and gritty determination took the rubber 3 – 0. (A victory that may just win him a place in the next match). Playing in his new  position at number three, a slightly slow start from Mike Van Der Weyden was in evidence as he lost the first game 9-1. However sound advice from a team mate put him back in control after he was told to “just play better” , this, he managed to achieve running out as the winner 3-1. Second string Nathan Miller purely and simply took his opponent apart, winning the match for the loss of only two points It has to be said that the game was probably won in the bar beforehand. So with the match score at 3-1 and victory in the bag.  Our new number one, Peter Flint went on court and carried out a clinical dissection of his opponent. Again conceeding only a couple of points throughout the entire match, victory over the South coasters was complete- and as usual dancing in the streets of Storrington ensued.

 

 

Team matches report for division I & II for September 2012

SSC Team I Vs Crawley Squash Club I    –   4th September 2012

Andrew Rolland was first on in the fifth string position, and hopes were high as he battled to an early two-nil lead, unfortunately for Storrington the Crawley No.5, Fahad Rana, recovered to take the remaining three games and the match.

Fourth string, Ryan Buck, was next up against Neil Hide. Ryan gave his all as usual, but to no avail, Neil pulled ahead in all three games and ultimately left a spent Ryan puffing in the car-park.

So with two matches down a quietly confident Sean Goring took to the court and with a nine-zero win in the first game took his opponent Chris Sexton apart. The remaining two games also went to the Storrington player and so the scores finally began to head in the right direction.

Next on at No.2 was Mike Van der Weyden against Martin Walsh, this was the match that Crawley had to win to take the fixture. Mike did struggle to find form in the early couple of games but the remaining two were taken to give him a fairly comfortable three one win.

So with the scores level on two apiece, our No.1 and match saver Nathan Miller strode onto the court and gave the Crawley No.1 Neil Williams nothing to work with, a fairly easy and controlled win was only slightly upset by a terrific fight back by Neil in the third game, but ultimately it was futile as Nathan slammed the door shut to win 10-8.

 

 

SSC Team II Vs West Worthing IV    –   11th September 2012

Squash match vs West Worthing on 11th September In an eagerly anticipated first match of the season for the 2nd team, early hopes were raised by a titanic struggle between Perry and his opponent Martin. Appearing out of sorts in losing the first two sets, Perry found the inspiration to claw his way back into contention. At two sets all the match momentum seemed to swing back and forth with both men taking longer and longer respites to regain their breath. Perry showed the fortitude to prevail in what will be remembered as an epic duel. Meanwhile Andrew Rolland got off to a blazing start winning the first set. In an absorbing battle of styles, Andrew’s buccaneering shot play was gradually picked off by the more experienced West Worthing 3rd string but went down fighting 3:1. Andrew Banks, Paul Rolland and Alan Rutland were never at the races, all going down 3:0. Serious questions must now be asked of the both the team’s selection policy and why the team’s inspirational but non-playing captain, Paul Kearsley, could not participate. A radical change is surely on the cards for the next match encounter?