Leamington Aces beat away the Bats - Kate Hughes match report
Colebridge Aces in Leamington faced Warwick County Council (WCC) Bats on Thursday 30th October. The match had been brought forward (thank you WCC) due to a Birmingham / Leamington clash next week. The Aces comprised Ian Ferguson, Sam Henderson (playing his first match this season for the Aces) and Kate Hughes. 
Ferguson started proceedings against Aussie Murray Stevenson, winning 11-3,11-5, 11-5. Despite Ian saying Murray had technically an awesome forehand, he did not let him have the opportunity to play it, remaining in full control throughout. Kate then played Simon Griew (a Warwickshire County Veteran, and recently appointed England Table Tennis Board Member). Hughes was lucky to win the first end 17-15, when she eventually started returning Griews' serves on the table. Griew bounced back to win the second end 7-11. However, with coaching from Ferguson, Kate stepped up , winning the next two ends 11-5, 13-11 to win 3-1. Next up was Sam Henderson against left handed Martin Hunter. Despite trailing on occasions in all three ends, Sam dominated the match winning 11-8, 11-8, 11-9 to take the score to 3-0 to the Aces. 
WCC put on the doubles next, Griew and Stevenson v Ferguson and Hughes. Once Hughes decided to put the ball on the table at 1-5 down in the first set and started playing, the Colebridge pair won 11-9, 11-6, 11-13 (which was quite good considering we were 2-9 down), 11-6. Henderson faced Griew next. A tight first set went to the Veteran player 13-11, however, Henderson bounced back to win the second 7-11. A close fought 3rd also went to Griew 11-9, as did the 4th set 11-7 (despite a well fought comeback from Sam). Throughout this match there was some excellent rallies off the forehand and backhand wings from both players. 
The next five matches all went Colebridge's way, Ferguson beat Hunter 3-0 then, Hughes beat Stevenson 3-0. Ferguson beat Simon Griew 11-3, 11-3, 11-3 with the rest of the players watching in awe at such a dominating and controlled performance throughout all three sets. Henderson won his second singles beating Stevenson 11-6, 15-13, 11-6. The evening ended with Hughes beating Hunter 11-5, 11-3, 11-7 to conclude the match with a 9-1 win to the Colebridge Aces. An excellent result. Well done to all players.
Kate Hughes (Aces Captain). 31.10.2014
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