Mens 1 v Venturers - (A) - 16/11/14

Sunday night saw Mens 1 having their third match of the season and second away match. This was at Venturers who have been ascending up the leagues unchallenged since entering in the bottom division a few years ago and have won every singe match, every single season since joining the Sheffield league.

Steve was absent, as was Prithvi. Stepping up for what was set to be one of our hardest games of the season were Shiraz and Dave H, who rekindled his old partnership with Rich.

Round one saw first pair Rich and Dave H win their opening end to 18, lose to 13 before rallying and taking the decider to 17, using their knowledge as a pair to be really organised on court.  Sam and Mark meanwhile began their night with an easy 8 and 10 win and some clinical stuff. Shiraz, this time with Arun lost out to 11 and 9 against Venturers third pair, who turned out to be their strongest. 2-1 Ranmoor.

Second round of games commenced and Dave and Rich took theirs to 15 and 13, winning their second of the night. Sam and Mark got their second also to 16 and 16, beating the best pair the opposition had to offer. Arun and Shiraz lost out to 13 and 13 as they got to grips with each other having not played a lot before.  4-2 Ranmoor, 1 needed from the last 3! Could we get an away win against a never before beaten team?!

Final round saw Rich and Dave fall just short against the top pair to 17 and 18, playing some great stuff but missing out on a clean sweep for the night, but certainly happy with their contribution. We needed one of Arun and Shiraz or Sam and Mark to win in order to take the match. What we got was both winning, Arun and Shiraz picking up their win for the night to 13 and 17, and Mark and Sam completing a flawless night to 15 in a third end, having won the first but lost the second just to make the watching Dave and Rich a bit nervous!

Final score, 6-3 Ranmoor. A fantastic result, with Sam playing ‘incredible’ by his own admission. A big thanks to Shiraz for stepping up for the second time in 2 weeks and to Dave H for some great badminton and 2 points on the night. Great team performance to become the first team to take Venturers in Sheffield Plastics in any division, and to do so away from home. Lets go for the double when they visit us next year!