Colston Mens A v Farringdon A, Sunday 14th February 2015

Colston Mens A v Farringdon A, Sunday 14th February 2015

We didn’t spoil their party!

But losing to such a good team was no shame- not only were they very good they also played the game in great spirit: Friendly, no dodgy calls, compliments on good shots, and very sociable afterwards.

They are much improved from last year and deserve to be going up: Their star player is now 14- in previous years he showed potential but lacked the consistency and game management that he has now developed- It was clear to see who was in charge even though his partner was more than 3 times his age. The second pair also had a new recruit for this year.

Chris F dropped out of the team almost immediately after I sent the note below- a recurrence of his back problem. Thankfully Hamish was able to step in and partner Lord Stevens so that I could play with the Champ.

But from the first set against the 2nd pair we knew we in for a tough afternoon’s work. Miles was struggling to find his range on serve and forehand (A morning working on his Raspberries!!) and we gave them a 3-0 start before getting going and matching them. Hence the set slipped away 6-3. In the second we had 4 set points but lost them all and then lost the tie break 7-4 (Not helped by the Captain’s double fault!!).

Gavin and Hamish has been brushed aside by the 1st pair and had to sit and watch most of our second set. Their first set against the 2nd pair was 6-0 before they rallied and only lost the last 6-4.

Miles and I had our chances against the 1st pair and most games went to deuce with some very long points (so that Gavin and Hamish were again left watching most of the second set) but as Big Al always says- there are some points you just have to win- and they won them with calm and clever as well as skilful play from the afore mentioned 14 year old. Miles was playing near his best at this stage with some great defence,   but I fear the Captain was fading L.

Good tennis and good banter throughout but the score line at the end read 0-8.


One last chance in two weeks time to even up the tally of matches won/lost.

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