D&G Squash League week beginning Monday 10th Nov
Peter’s Fish & Chicken Bar were guests of Bard Vet this week at Nunholm. It was a very tight, tense and turbulent contest with Peter’s Fish & Chicken Bar winning by a “Whisker” 3 –2 (13 –10).
Tuesday night brought together two well matched teams and although Specsavers won more games Thornhill triumphed by winning more matches.
On Friday an early top of the table clash in League 2 was won by SCSC with a 3-2 win (13-10) over Cisco Systems.
Peter’s Fish & Chicken Bar v Bard Vet
At No1 Jim Wells got off to a blistering 2-0 lead against Robin Ridley, but Robin’s sheer grit and tenacity evened the match at 2-2, this was just the shock Wellsy needed as he cruised home in the 5th to secure a well deserved 3-2 victory and player of the match award.
At No 2 Jim Scriven and Davy Rodgerson entertained the balcony with another closely fought 5 set match with Jim having the upper hand in the 5th and gaining a 3-2 victory.
At No 3 Keith Gristwood battled hard against Mike Service, each set was very close, but Keith eventually conceded 1 –3 to a very determined Mike.
At No 4 Sue Strachan put up a brave fight against George Burnie, with a display of excellent squash and conceded a 0-3 defeat, which unfortunately this score did not truly reflect the closeness of the match.
At No5 Allan Miller faced Bard Vet’s new recruit Graeme Shuttleworth, Allan’s skill and experience proved too much for the enthusiastic young sub Graeme and he secured a comfortable 3-0 victory.
Thornhill v Specsavers
First on court was Graham Anderson for Specsavers against Roy Weir. After a shaky start Graham took control of the match running out a 3-0 winner.
The second game looked to be going the same way, but for the Thornhill man this time, Tom Burns came out of the blocks at a rate of knots taking the first game against Peter Allen 9-0. The old guy was a bit shell shocked, but managed to sneak the second game and at one each it looked like he might make a game of it, however Tom had different plan and powered to a 3-1 victory .
George O’Neill played Archie Park at 3 and in Archie’s own words George just crushed him, a fine display of quality squash.
Next on court Carol Black vs. Brian Dick and once again the Thornhill player seemed to be running away with the game and at 2-0 down Carol was staring down the barrel , but Carol found a belief in herself and came back to 2-2 before being narrowly defeated.
So it was down to the number one’s Geoff Dean for Specsavers against Robert Grierson. It was a full blooded hard hitting game with no quarter given. Robert had a mission and although Geoff got the second game the Thornhill man’s determination saw him win 3-1.
So the match games ended 10 -9 to Specsavers but with Thornhill receiving bonus points for games won.
The final score was 12-10 to Thornhill in another fine night of squash.
SCSC v Cisco Systems
On Friday in an early top of the table clash in League 2 the first games were the No5′s Peter Hickman for SCSC against Iain Anderson and the No1′s, Colin Davies for SCSC playing Chris Bellwood.
Experienced player Peter found Iain a bit of a handful and after a close first game that Iain won 9-7 he then went on to take the 2nd 9-3. Peter however dug in and slowed the pace of the game down and forced Iain into a few mistakes which allowed Peter to sneak the 3rd game 10-8. Iain came out the stronger in the 4th game though and went on to win it 9-2, so a good win for Iain 3-1.
The match between multi Castle Douglas Club Champion Colin and Chris was well controlled throughout by Colin who displayed a great array of shot variation that had Chris second guessing all match. Colin winning through 9-4 9-1 9-4 and a 3-0 win to maintain his 100% winning record this season.
The No.4 match was between Nick Langford of SCSC and Raymond Currie of Cisco. This was the first meeting of this duo and the first game was pretty cagey with both players struggling to get an advantage. Raymond however got the first game point which he took at 9-5 and in turn the 2nd game 9-4. Nick seemed to let his head go down after the 2nd game and Raymond ran away with the 3rd 9-0 without Nick getting a serve! A 3-0 win for the Cisco No.4.
On the other court was the No.3′s match between Doug Walker of SCSC and Chris McCutcheon. This turned into a highly entertaining match between the experienced Doug and Chris who is only in his 2nd season playing team squash.
Doug took a tight opening game 10-8 but Chris hit back with the 2nd 9-1. Then the 3rd & 4th games were shared, 9-7 the score in each so that led to a deciding 5th game. If Chris could take it then a team win was on for Cisco and with Chris getting to a 6-3 lead it looked on.
However a run of unforced errors from Chris who maybe saw the finishing line meant Doug got to 8-6 and match ball. Chris did save one match point but Doug regained serve to clinch a 9-6 game and a 3-2 match win for SCSC.
This left the match score 8-7 in favour of Cisco with 2 match wins apiece. So the pressure was on for the No.2′s match between Faith Sinclair of SCSC and Lindsay Johnston. Now this was always going to be a tough match for Lindsay as Faith is a former World Masters Champion at Squash back in 2003.
Lindsay sneaked a tight 1st game 10-8. Then, however, Faith’s class showed through as she won the next two games 9-0 9-2. The 4th game saw Lindsay battle back well to take it 9-3 and set up a deciding 5th game. Faith knew the importance of this game and played some really top class squash with her serving being of the highest quality. Lindsay was always on the back foot and Faith ran out a convincing winner 9-0 to secure a 3-2 win which clinched the overall match for SCSC 13-10.
A truly great advert for squash from the top two teams from League 2 and this result moves SCSC to the top of the league after three games played.
Man of the match for SCSC was Faith Sinclair for securing her win and the match for the team and for Cisco Iain Anderson was voted MOM by the SCSC team for his performance at No.5.