Colston Mens A v Oxford City B, Saturday 9th May 2015

Colston Mens A v Oxford City B, Saturday 9th May 2015

After 30minutes this looked like a very tight match with revenge for the defeat looking a tough ask.

Olly and I had lost the first set against a solid first pair who made very few mistakes and took their chances without ever really taking control  and the 2nd pair were giving Miles and Chris a run for their money.

Thankfully Chris was frustrating them by getting everything back (often with a deep lob) and despite their heavy top spin hitting and powerful serving we ground out a 6-3 win. Olly and I regrouped for the second set and realised we couldn’t be more consistent than them so we had to attack more- hit harder and deeper and get to the net. Olly also found his serve and we took control to gain the half. Chris and Miles were having just as much difficulty in the second set and Chris served for the rubber at 5-4 up but lost. We broke back and Miles just had to serve it out- 4 big serves later it was all over.

So 1.5 to 0.5 rubbers at the half way point and we should have been able to wrap it up easily. Except having watched their 2nd pair in the last 4 games the real question was why they weren’t the first pair. Chris and Miles had beaten them with dogged consistency and good defence that was beyond Olly and me so we had to try and attack them and nullify their top spin by getting to net. This worked to some extend but they were just too good and we lost both sets.

Miles and Chris should always have been too good for the 1st pair and so it proved winning fairly comfortably to seal the win 2.5 to 1.5.

If Olly and I had our time again we could beat the 1st pair also and so it should have been 3-1, but it needed Chris and Miles to be at their best to take the 2nd pair.

Great tennis and played in a great spirit.

The A team march on with 2 from 2.

We now have a long break until we have two matches six days apart- June 14th and 20th. Lord Stevens returns to partner me  and Paul steps in to partner Chris. Win both of those and we will be well set for promotion

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