YPL Match Report- Chapel A v Dunnington

06th Oct 2017

Yorkshire Premier League Report 4th October 2017


5. Ben Merchant 3 Ben Cross 1
To kick off the ’17-’18 season was the two Bens, Merchant and Cross, both juniors and rivals for many years. It had been some years since Merchant had beaten Cross, so there was a bit of a mental hurdle to leap over. Cross started a little brighter playing more consistently taking the first 11-9. Merchant was prepared to fight hard though and started playing a lot more accurately into the four corners to take the second 13-11. This seemed to take the wind from Cross’ sails as Merchant stormed the next 11-3 managing to dominate the middle more and keep a controlled temperament. The fourth was tough again but Merchant had most of the answers taking it 11-7 and Chapel 1sts first point of the season.

4. Pedro Pinto 3 Matt Stephenson 1
Pedro has improved a lot since coming over from Portugal to Leeds having claimed the Club Champs earlier this year. There was a bit of confusion over who was playing who at 4 and 5 but this was quickly sorted out and Pedro was up against the tough and experienced Stephenson. The Dunnington man can be an awkward customer, but it was all Pedro in the first, dominating proceedings taking it 11-3. Perhaps a slow start for Stephenson though as he made his way back into the match slowly but surely taking the second 11-8. The third was crucial with both players hustling for the T, some nailbiting rallies with Pedro just managing to edge it 16-14. The fourth was a battle too but the benefit of all Pedro’s hard work in the last few months paid off with him taking it, and the match, 11-7.

3. Simon Parke 3 Gareth Lumsden 2
So we were already 2-0 up and I was on with experienced player and great striker of the ball Lumsden. I was slightly worried as I’d had a troublesome achilles and then had a fall and strained my foot warming up with Pedro earlier in the day. I then had another fall in the first few points of this match (not a good day!) but managed to dust myself down and go 11-7, 11-8, 5-0 up playing some decent stuff. For some reason I started to make a few errors at that point and lost the next 11 rallies to lose that game. Fatigue was then starting to creep in when I couldn’t close out and Gareth hit some amazing winners to win the fourth 11-9. I am nothing though if not experienced ( one member called me a “cagey old £!$%”) and I managed to keep my nose ahead whilst Lumsden hit some lovely tins for me enabling me to win the fifth 11-7.

2. Owain Taylor 2 v Julian Tomlinson 3
A little bit of a passive, defensive match this one, neither player taking their opportunities too often. This would definitely be more in the favour of Tomlinson as Taylor is normally the more attacking. Tomlinson the shorter busier mover against the languid hard hitting volleyer Taylor, a good contrast in styles. It was Taylor who got the early upper hand taking a 2-1 lead and then having 2 match balls in the fourth which unfortunately he couldn’t capitalise on. This proved to be crucial as Tomlinson raced to 11-6 in the 5th taking the match 3-2.

Mark Fuller 1 Richie Fallows 3
Great to see our number 1 Mark Fuller back after winning the Chapel A Open last month, was a tough ask for him today though against World No59 Fallows. Fallows has obviously had a good summer’s training as looked in great shape whilst Mark was looking a little fatigued after quite a few events abroad recently. You have to be moving well at this level though which is usually Mark’s strong point, but he didn’t seem to be reacting too well to Fallow’s robust game losing the first two 12-10, 11-8. In the third Mark did a good job of using height on the front wall to get the ball behind Fallows taking that game 11-8. But the overall problem was that Fallows was looking very comfortable and was able to get back in front to take the fourth 11-5.

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