Colston Mens A v Banbury D, Saturday 18th April 2015

Colston Mens A v Banbury D, Saturday 18th April 2015

4-0 to the Colston LTC’ was the chant ringing from the terraces when as we left the courts yesterday afternoon…..It was a workmanlike performance from the team against oppo who weren’t too hotto.

 Chris was sporting a trendy cravat neck support, a back support and two knee supports but the two chaps from their second pair still made him look like a youthful Olympian.  Nevertheless they won the first game of the set against us with the captain for the day obviously feeling the pressure of the responsibility and playing like a drain.  After a word from Chris however and some steady play they didn’t win another game all set and only a couple in the second set.
On the next court the sound effects from John and Gavin had the acting skipper a bit worried but I was very pleased to discover that after a poor start they had come back to take the first set 6-4 and then took the second more easily.
Their first pair had clearly been demoralised by the loss to JandG and their only player under 90 was getting mighty peeved by the infamous Colston wind.  They provided no contest for Chris and I, only managing one consolation game in the second set.  The wily old crocks from their second pair gave John and Gavin a bit of the scare in the final set which went to a tiebreak, but the home team held their nerve and temper (just about) to claim the clean sweep.  Their guys will no doubt be comforted to know that despite not winning a set John has ‘NEVER PLAYED THIS BADLY IN MY LIFE!’.
They were a nice bunch and took their beating well.  I guess they are going to get a lot of practice at losing gracefully over the season

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