Playing for Colebridge in the Leamington league entails a certain amount of mileage travelled over the course of a season ; playing for Colebridge Braves in the Leamington league , one could not be certain if you would be travelling to a First or a Second Division fixture.
The Braves have risen and fallen with some regularity between Leamingtons' top two divisions. A little too good for Division Two , not quite good enough for Division One. A change in personnel , with the departure of Vikas Bakshi , has ensured that The Braves residency in Division Two this year may be a little longer than they have become accustomed to.
Braves match this week pitched them into a home fixture with Nomads A , a team represented by the experience of Ian Beasley and Andy Davies , together with the exciting potential of Sam Weaving.
The Braves started much the stronger , taking a powerful 4-0 lead , before the enthralling encounter between Sam Weaving and John Taylor. The young top spinner showed a maturity beyond his years , beating the experienced and undefeated Taylor , with a skillful mixture of heavy forehand loops , steady pushes and well placed drives , giving the defender no time to settle into his hypnotic rhythm.
Mike Evetts win over Andy Davies proved to be his only point of the evening , though he took Weaving to five sets , he was undone by the youngsters brio and remorseless top spin , and was beaten in straight sets by Beasley.
John Chandler used his considerable talents to defeat both Beasley and Weaving , before teaming up with Taylor to win the doubles , the 10th set of the evening , which ensured that the match ended with a narrow 6-4 victory for Colebridge.