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Windsor – Ballynafeigh

Scrumptious supper well deserved!

The Windsor Tennis Club’s Squash B team’s first home match of the season was against Ballynafeigh, also in Belfast. Three players from last week’s C team Windsor - Ballynafeighwere called up – Duncan, John and me.

Stephen Boyd v Fiona Ludlow
I was a little bit apprehensive when Fiona announced she was playing at number 3 as she had beaten me twice in recent matches. It all started so well as I won the first two games and sprinted to a 7-3 lead in game 3. Of course I managed to lose this game 9-7. At this stage I struggled to cope with Fiona’s accuracy and deft drops. The fourth game was a close affair with Fiona coming out on top. I think we were both tired in the fifth game – I certainly was. I saved a couple of match points before eventually winning it 10-9. A 3/2 victory and a very enjoyable game.

Mike Fetherston v Pat McCrisken
A chance to emulate dad Guy in defeating their number one Pat McCrisken – what a memorable match that was. Mike was very sharp in the opening exchanges and he upset Pat with his great retrieving on the rapidly warming court. At 7-3 up the first game was there for Mike to take but he couldn’t quite make it losing it 9-7. The less said about game 2 the better as Mike rather lost his way.
“ I can’t be expected to play squash after a day’s work” said Mike (aged 27). The seasoned veterans on both sides who all work had a bit of a chuckle at this. Mike battled gamely in the third game but Pat was ultimately always in control. 3/0 to Ballynafeigh.

Duncan Macaulay v Davey Browne
Davey is big – very big, but he has one hell of a forehand. Best thing to do is keep it away from his forehand. Unfortunately our man only realised Davey was left handed after game 2. It didn’t really matter as Duncan strolled to victory after his customary slow start to record a 3/1 victory.

John Crossey v Stephen McCullough
Stephen has been around for a while and on paper this looked like a difficult game for John. Game 1 was a close affair with john just shading it 9-7, mainly as a result of the frequency that his opponent tinned the ball. Steady improvement saw John frustrate Stephen with tight drives and accurate soft drops. The second game was won 9-5 and the third 9-3 for an excellent victory. 3/0 to Windsor.

An excellent 10-6 victory in the circumstances. Retired upstairs for a scrumptious supper of chicken dippers and pizza, thanks to Duncan.