YPL Match Report- Chapel A 1 v Barnsley
24th Nov 2017
Chapel A1 beat Barnsley 3-2. (15-11)
- Omar Eltahry lost to Chris Fuller 2-11, 2-11, 4-11.
Omar was first on for us, he’s been having a tough couple of weeks studying for his engineering masters, and Chris Fuller was not feeling in a very sympathetic mood. It was clear from the beginning that Fuller (younger brother of our Mark), was much sharper, taking the ball earlier and being more aggressive than his younger opponent. The first was comprehensive, but Omar played better in the second, causing the rallies to be much longer and more competitive, but unfortunately Fuller usually had the last laugh. This proved to be the case in the third too as Fuller won in 3.
- Jackson Beresford beat Millie Tomlinson 8-11, 11-8, 7-11, 14-12, 11-6.
This had the makings of a close match i thought, Jackson is a strong player and Tomlinson is fast becoming one of the best female players on the planet. And so it proved to be, MT is tricky, unorthodox, and a tough competitor against man or woman, taking a tough first game 11-8 before JB reversed the second 11-8. After MT won the third and had match balls in the fourth, things were looking a little iffy for our favourite Kiwi. But he fought hard and there were some amazing rallies with several match ball saves. Luckily for us, JB managed to close it out 14-12 and take this thrilling match to a decider. JB dug in well in the fifth always able to keep his nose ahead taking this important rubber 11-6.
- Declan Christie beat Hollie Naughton 13-15, 11-8, 11-9, 11-3.
This looked pretty tough on paper too, but it often depends how Dec is moving and how much he can control proceedings and dominate the middle. Unfortunately the answer was, not as much as he would like, as Naughton was able to take centre stage taking the first game in an exciting tie break. There remained then, quite some industry for Dec to get through as Naughton certainly didn’t make it easy for him in the next two, which were equally as hard fought. Dec edged ahead 2-1 though and it meant Naughton was spent by the 4th, Dec winning it 11-3.
- Ben Merchant beat Phil Bowker 5-11, 8-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-8.
This was another must win rubber really as i felt we had realistic chances at 3,4,and 5. There was an early scare for Ben though as he got some severe shoulder pain in the first game. After a break and some pain killers and cream, Ben was back on doing his best, but Bowker has improved a lot recently and is a lot more persistent. Bowker took the first two playing very well, moving Ben around all four corners, but in the crucial third, Ben managed to sneak it 11-9. This obviously dented the confidence a little of Bowker and it meant that Ben’s attitude improved, along with his shoulder, as he gradually took it to a fifth. Neither player was exhausted so it looked like we had a really competitive fifth, and it was nip and tuck all the way until Ben won a couple of crucial points and took this crucial rubber in 5.
- Simon Parke lost to Dec James 11-6, 6-11, 11-13, 3-11.
I had never played Dec before but he grew up playing at the Park Club in Nottingham when i was playing full time there so we knew each other pretty well. I’ve commentated on him a few times now of course too as he’s now reached a career high of 35 and is set to go higher after his quarter final berth in Hong Kong. I was very relaxed going on though and i knew he may be a little sore after his 12-10 in the 5th victory over Peter Creed the night before in PSL. I was moving ok and playing pretty tight and Dec looked like he was taking some time to warm up and making a few errors. This helped me win the first, but i knew he was going to improve, which of course he did, taking the second. In the third he was well up, i think 10-5 game ball, and i just completely relaxed and he took his eye off the ball helping me get back to a tie break with a sniff of hope. That sniff however was quickly expunged and then i was spent. The less we talk about the fourth the better….
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