Comb 2 v Abbeydale 3 (H) - 20/3/17

First up the Abbeydale development team captained by veteran Helen with five youngsters in tow.

Our usual enforced team shuffling was briefly suspended as we went with an unchanged side given our strong performance in defeat against Abbeydale 2 the week before.

The ladies had the beating of their young opponents with 2 comfortable wins, Aparna anchoring both pairs accompanied by Ruth & Elaina. The men meanwhile found it much tougher against their young but soon to be superstar opponents, both Ben & Rob then Steve & Rob getting 32 points in total across a two-end defeat.

Simple – we had to win the mixed. Steve & Elaina got us off to a flying start with a dominant win to 10 and 13, before Ben & Ruth encountered a deceptively tough pair, losing to 5 and 9. Flu ridden Rob needed to dig deep with Aparna to give us a realistic chance and they got a terrific win to 10 and 18, meaning we needed just one more.

Steve and Elaina tried first against the pair who had just won an impressive rubber, and despite pushing them harder the outcome was the same, losing to 13 and 17. That left Ben and Ruth to bring the team home, the pressure was applied, and they delivered! Their win to 12 and 13 gave us a 5-4 win on the night!

Thanks to Abbeydale, captained superbly by Helen, we enjoyed the match.

Player of the Match – Aparna (3 out of 3)

The “Wish I Hadn’t Said That” Award – probably to me (again), OK it is an adult league and it was deserved, but I probably shouldn’t hurl a volley of abuse at a junior!