Match Report- CHAPEL A v DUNNINGTON. LOST 4-1.

14th Oct 2016

CHAPEL A v DUNNINGTON. LOST 4-1.

 

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No1s Owain Taylor v Chris Simpson.

Ones and twos were first to arrive tonight so straight on for our young Welsh hero Owain Taylor against World No19 Chris Simpson. Chris had just got in the day before from really pushing World No1 Mohammed el Shorbaggy at the US Open in Philly so was perhaps a little jet lagged.  But Owain played with the lack of fear that youth possess and managed to take the first 11-9. This probably shocked Chris a little as he started to show his class demonstrating his fantastic accuracy all over the court taking the next two 11-4, 11-6. I have to be honest that i went off to warm up after this as i didn’t think Owain would have the engine to push it on a decider. How wrong i was, he played a stunning 4th to win it 11-9 to the gasps of the crowd. Unfortunately though, Owain really was spent for the fifth and the extra strength of Simpson shone through taking it 11-2.

What an amazing performance though from this promising young player and we’re lucky to have him here at Chapel A!

 

No2s. Stu MacGregor v Julian Tomlinson

Another teenager turning out for us tonight in 18 year old Stu up against his old Heaton team mate Julian. And it was a whirlwind start from Stu looking very sharp and almost making his slightly older opponent look pedestrian (he isn’t!),taking the first two quite comfortably 11-5, 11-3. Tomlinson is nothing if not incredibly determined and persistent though and he gradually fought his way back into the match with some very attritional squash and managed to pull it back for another fifth game decider. It was nip and tuck all the way to 7-all and just a couple of unforced errors from Stu at crucial points gave the match to Tomlinson 11-9 in the 5th. Another great effort though!

 

No3s. Simon Parke v Danny Hockborn.

Well after two teenagers propping up the night we had a silver haired 44 year old (me) take to the court with a guy literally half his age in 22 year old Hockborn. Obviously we were 2-0 down so i really wanted to get the win but didn’t know a great deal on Hockborn apart from he was good with the racket. The first game i took a good lead to 7-3 but lost my concentration a little and let him show his skill. It got a little too close for comfort at 9-all but i managed  to close it out 11-9. Between the first and the second i had a little “chat” with the referee which seemed to angrily propel me to a 10-0 lead in that game, and it finished 11-2. The third was better contested again with our contrasting styles i think making for an entertaining match which i managed to be victorious 11-6.

 

No4s.  Dom Hamilton v Gareth Lumsden.

Bit of pressure on then lower down the order to try and create a comeback. Certainly not an easy ask though for Dom as Lumsden is very underrated and a really nice shotmaker. It would have to be a 10 out of 10 performance for Dom to have a chance and although he gave 100% and didn’t play badly, that unfortunately did not happen. In which case Lumsden had time on the ball to outgun Dom and generally make life difficult all the way through the 3-0 win 11-5, 11-9, 11-8.

 

No5s. Niall Mackinnon v Matt Stevenson.

So we’d lost the match by now, but always still points to fight for and our Niall certainly is a fighter. Stevenson is also a wiley old soldier, and quite awkward by the looks of things to play. Niall did manage to overcome that in the first playing  some accurate squash 11-6 and had a great chance to take the second too just losing it in a tie-break 12-10. The exertions and perhaps also the loss of that game took their toll on Niall as he lost the 3rd game 11-3. By the fourth we were still hopeful for Niall as the rallies were pretty close and quite long but the player from York managed to prevail with just a little more focus 11-8.

 

Report by Simon Parke.

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