Leagues / 5 October 2011

Stamford v Cambridge University Press – Cambs Squash League

Cambridgeshire Squash League
Division 1
Team:  Spencer Beresford, Alistair Gunn,  Simon Barker,  Dave Robinson,  Simon Morris

Retorts, Ribald humour and Ripped shorts.

The first Cambridgeshire team match reared its head and it was an away match at Cambridge University Press’ new venue in Cambridge due to their old courts being requisitioned.   The courts were a tadge dusty but Simon Morris coped well in the conditions against Tom Mitchell-Williams, a new team member who plays for Queens College normally.   It was a hard thrash as is always the case with any opponent of Morris’ ending up wih a cliffhanger finish with our man holding his nerve.(3-2)

Robinson played Lewis Robinson, a regular in the Press’ line-up, not the most enlightening of games but there were some good rallies amongst it all with Robinson getting away with it again. (3-0)

Next up was the team driver and stalwart Simon Barker who stepped up to the plate in his match with Mark Mitchell. Although he went down in the first game he quickly composed himself and dispatched the punishment in the next three ensuring the top two players could enjoy their games, sound in the knowledge that the match was won. (3-1)

Alistar Gunn’s match resembled more a game of twister than an upstanding game of gentlemanly sport. Gunn’s opponent Andy D’Alessandro gave as good back in the close contact match, each player trying to dominate the centre “T” resulting in entangled bodies, much posturing, and even a item of ripped clothing!   It went to the wire with Andy just pipping Gunn in a match that should have been under an hour that broke the 90 minute barrier. (2-3) This seems to becoming the Gunn trademark!

Last but not least Bez played old rival Vinod Duraikan in another long match of quality rallies and great shot play. Vinod only dropped one game on the way to a well fought win. (1-3) Nonetheless, although a close team match, it was still a win that started the season off well.