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Leagues / 25 October 2011

Cambs League Match Report Division 1

Cambridgeshire Squash League
Premiership/Division 1
Stamford v March
Wednesday 19th October 2011.
Team: Spencer Beresford; Rob Vivian: Alistair Gunn; Simon Barker; Dave Robinson

March, Stomp & Quickstep

Away at March, so we knew we had to have a stronger team than the one we put out for the PDSL on Monday.

Rob Vivian or “The Super Sub” was airdropped in, or so he hoped, after an hour and half car journey from Leicester!

The scene was set.

Robinson hit the court dawdling, having been training the night before down the Green Man, he eventually roused in the third game but by then the horse was in a different country, his opponent Andy Osbourne out-playing as well as out-running him. (0-3)

Barker at number two was an entirely different story, grabbing the first two games like a man possessed. Although with the advantage he was not happy with his play and expecting too high a standard was his downfall. Neville MacNish took the next two in quick succession although Simon had his chances in the third and fourth games. Frustration overcame the “Housewife’s Choice” in the final game, when his opponent caught a couple of nicks. (2-3)

The Gunn took to the court like a man suffering from jet-lag…his legs suffering from DVT and his head at 30,000 feet. He was soon back to his best though taking the second smoothly from the grasp of his younger opponent Avison Warren only to crash out in the fourth. (1-3)

Mr Vivian arrived late from his mammoth journey, but just in time to warm-up in readiness to play the young teenager Harry Taylor. The smooth consistent shots from Rob were picked up constantly by the fast and reactive Taylor, leaving Rob frustrated, even though the match was closer than the score belied. (0-3)

When Bez stepped on court the match was already lost. Was this going to quash the enthusiasm and drive of the Stamford No1. No Way. Even when Bez went two games down and was losing in the third he dug deep putting on an amazing display of determination and fitness, even the March number one Matt Fiveash looked stunned, well as stunned as an exhausted, beaten man can look. (3-2)

Some gorgeous homemade Shepherds Pie from Harry’s Mum and we were replenished and back on the road homeward bound. Roll on the match against Frank Lee in two weeks time.

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