Comb 2 v Abbeydale (H) - 25/2/13

Combined 2 returned to action after a months recovery and some of our team taking a holiday.  The visitors Abbey Park 2 came up against a changed Ranmoor line up with the home departed Deepak being replaced by combined debutant Ben and Cindy coming in for on holiday (yet again!) Lesley.  The ladies were struggling for fitness with both Cat & Cindy not at 100% so playing against a feathers lady at number 1 was not easy for them, both matches showed fight but ultimately came up fruitless for our ladies meaning the men had to step up.  Ben was playing at number 1 and Dave H took the first game with him guiding his younger partner with a lovely mix of flicks & smashes to win in 2 tight ends, Dave W then took up the baton and, despite some mix ups on whos shot it was, the 2 power players took the first end.

Caption competition: Dave and Dave fight over the final Kitkat....? 
This was where the opposition started to play a bit better and they took the second end before leading the decider at the turn and pulling away, our boys weren't to be beaten though as they powered through to win 21-19.  So 2-2 heading into the mixed.
The guys celebrate after a successful night all round
Ben & Cat made their debut as a pair & despite some good play could not beat the strong lady & wily man.  Dave W & Jane continued their solid partnership in taking their immediate opponents out to 13 & 8 with some superb positional play & power hitting by Dave, they then took out the 1st end against the other pair to 8 before racing to a 8-0 lead in the 2nd before the opposition fought back & the win was secured to 19.  New pairing Dave H & Cindy also beat the 3rd pair comfortably while they were taken even closer by the 2nd pair, winning the 2nd end 26-24 in a thriller. Overall a 6-3 win keeps us on track for a solid mid-table finish this season.  Well played Ben on debut & both Daves for taking all 3 of their games each.