Colston Mens A v David Lloyd B

Colston Mens A v David Lloyd B

Acting captain forgot the chalk and I’m afraid we had to settle for a draw.  Read on for further detail…

Not knowing when I would get the honour of captaincy again and wanting to leave some small legacy,  I took the decision to grant Gav his long held dream of a place in the 1st pair.  Lord S and Henry, his young padawan, fully justified their ranking by confidently dispatching the oppo’s 2nd pair 6-2 6-2.  Unfortunately on the neighbouring court Olly and me were living down to our no2s status against their 1st pair who were very accomplished match players, got out of the blocks quicker and played the wet conditions better 3-6 3-6.  Colston 1st pair for the day made a better fist of it vs their firsts.  One particularly flashy rally ending with a sublime Stevens backhand kill.  Those who saw it will never forget the Stevens celebration – for the closest vision I can think of please see attachment (Moller being something of a cult hero up in Scotland of course).  Despite some great play by our boys, their 1sts, while really not looking the part, were annoyingly good, and won the day 6-4 6-2.  Olly and I had to take the their 2nds to prevent a home defeat.  The step down from playing their 1sts was significant and we cruised the first set 6-1 and were 4-1 up in the 2nd when it began to rain again and we lost the plot pretty badly slipping to 4-5 down and staring a humiliating capitulation in its damp face.  Luckily we got a life (might have shouted that to myself rather loudly a few times) and closed it out 7-5.  Sadly neither Olly nor I played close to our best the whole afternoon, maybe two 1st pairs next match is the answer.
They were a decent bunch, who have won both their previous 2 matches.  Traditional Colston hospitality and bonhomie was to the fore after and we left the clubhouse in a better state than we found it, after a Swiss friend of mine, visiting for the weekend, took it upon himself to hoover the whole place – that’s how entertaining the tennis was!

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