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Windsor beaten Babies

Windsor beaten Babies

Windsor Squash Club  A v Civil Service B

Away to Civil Service B who are a young team (certainly compared to us) and are actually a handy Premier side (beat their A team the previous week apparently)

Ben v Stuart Gaffikin
Ben had to get away early and since their no. 4 Ashley Black was late out of work, Ben played Stuart instead. Stuart likes a hard hitting running game, but from the off was bewildered by Ben’s refusal to play that game, and instead was chasing drops, floated balls and boasts around the court. Ben took the first as the gameplan started to frustrate Stuart, and nearly went 2-0 up with a couple of game balls before Stuart scraped it. From 2-1 down Ben got it back to go 5, but Stuart gradually caught on to the style and edged far enough ahead in the fifth to get home 3-2 – but an impressive performance from Ben.

Jonathan v Peter McNeice
Peter the EasyJet pilot was up at 3:00 am that morning and working all day, but hopes that he would be suffering from fatigue did not hold up. Though he does not play particularly tight, he gets around the court extremely well, and makes a lot of balls. Jonathan hadn’t quite enough games under his belt to handle this, but the second game was very tight with chances to take it before Peter took it narrowly. In the third Peter continued his relentless running to record a 3-0 win.

Andy v Mark Gilliand
Mark is another very solid player, and has obviously benefitted from regular games with Michael McKee, although to be fair their styles are somewhat different. He is another very quick mover, and though Andy was hitting the ball well, he couldn’t put it away enough as Mark kept the rallies going. A good enough game but 3-0 to Civil Service.

Me v Ashley Black
I played Ashley a year or so ago and lost 3-1 in a tightish game, but he has evidently improved further since then. He has quite a deceptive style but also has the advantage of a number of years on me as well. I found the court at Civil Service at bit unusual as the ball was lively at the front of the court but didn’t come out of the back if you got it in there, but unfortunately Ashley kept me on the back foot and I couldn’t ever really get in front of him and control the rallies. I might have won the second but Ashley got a run of points to take it and then took the third – 3-0 Civil Service.

2 points wasn’t a disgrace against this team as all the matches were competitive.