Late night thriller on Nunholm court

14 11 2008

The Nunholm courts were treated to their own fireworks night when Cisco Systems took on Kings Arms Hotel, Lockerbie. Cisco had a few call offs from the week before so there was a new line up this week.

Plus Castle Douglas squash section playing under their new name of Stewartry Community Sports Club (SCSC) had a convincing win against a very sociable Specsavers team.

Cisco Systems v Kings Arms Hotel

Iain Anderson was on first at number five against Rob Ash. Iain had been laid up with a virus days before and it showed as Moffat hotelier Rob took the first game 9-5. Iain bounced back to take the second game 9-5 but Rob upped the tempo again and scraped a 9-7 third game.

That knocked Iain and Rob went on to take the match with a 9-1 game in the fourth. A 3-1 win for Rob.

The other game on first was at four between Chris “Tigger” McCutcheon and James Banco which saw Tigger come out of the blocks the quicker to take the first game 9-5.

James found his top game going into the second and won that 9-5 and pushed on to take tight third and fourth games 9-7, 9-6 to record a 3-1 win.

It was up to captain Raymond Currie to stop the rot and playing at three he was up against George Dinnin.

This pair has had a few scraps over the years and this was no difference with no one wanting to give an inch.

The first game went to George 9-6 and with Raymond 0-7 it looked like 2-0 but Raymond worked his way back into it and went on to sneak it 9-7.

This seemed to knock George back as he also lost the third 9-3.

Onto the fourth game and it was a caget affair with Raymond racing to a 6-2 lead but George drew it level at 6-6 before Raymond pushed on for a 9-6 win. Overall score 3-1 to Raymond.

Petar Zutic and Martin Proudfoot faced each other at two and they shared the first two games so with it at 1-1 Petar upped the tempo and played consistently to go on and record a 3-1 victory for Cisco.

So going into the clash of the number ones the overall score was 8-8.

Number ones match on Court three was between Scott Graham and Bruce Robertson and it was a cracker – with great shot play from both players rallies were long and competitive but Bruce held the upper hand going into the fourth game with a 2-1 lead.

Scott however clawed his weary way back to level at 2-2 and take it to a fifth and deciding game and what a game it was.

Bruce took the early initiative but Scott came back to get to 8-5 and match ball which he couldn’t take.

Bruce then won three points in a row to take it to 8-8.

Scott set the tie break at two and Bruce got to match point but Scott regained serve to take it to 9-9.

By this time it was near 10pm and the computer-programmed lights went out so they had to finish the game on court four.

Scott kept serve and forced Bruce into an error after another great rally to take the fifth game 10-9 and the match 3-2.

With so much at stake in this final match and with its eventual outcome that both Scott and Bruce were named man of the match by both teams.

Overall score Cisco Systems 14 Kings Arms Hotel 10.

Stewartry Community Sports Club v Specsavers

Castle Douglas squash section playing under their new name of Stewartry Community Sports Club (SCSC) had a convincing win against a very sociable Specsavers team.

At five Steve Smith won 3-1 against a determined and stubborn Peter Allen. Peter narrowly missed out on the first game but after a gritty performance he levelled in the second. Steve upped the tempo in the third and had Peter struggling from then on in.

A worthy display by Peter who seems to be enjoying his squash even more now he is in his middle 60s.

At four Simon Mein was always in control against Graham Anderson keeping him pinned at the back and dictating from the front, score 3-0.

At three new boy Doug Walker had a close encounter with hard hitting George O’Neill with each game scoring close. George began badly but once settled won an entertaining game 3-1.

At two SCSC did well in securing the services of ex-over 50s world champion Faith Sinclair before she was snapped up by one of the other Dumfries teams.

Faith is a great asset to the Stewartry club and displays a fine example of how to play tight squash. Faith played Carol Black and after a thrilling first game 9/6 she went on to win 3-0.

At one old stalwart Colin Davies polished off Stevie Easthill with a 3-0 victory.



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