Match reports Leamington Aces by Kate Hughes
On Thursday 16th October, Aces in Leamington played Enigmas - the second team to be promoted from Division 2. The Colebridge side fielded a strong team of Ian Ferguson, Ben Willson and Kate Hughes. Ian started proceedings beating Leamington League Secretary Malc Macfarlane 11-3, 11-4, 11-2. Kate then beat Steve Proctor 3-0, followed by Ben Willson beating Gary Jackson 3-0. The matches continued to go the Aces way, until Kate had a battle with Jackson. Despite going 2-0 up in sets, she lost the 3rd end 3-11, and was lucky to win the 4th 11-9. Jackson also managed to take the second set off Ferguson to level it at 1-1, who then went up a gear winning the next two sets 11-4, 11-6! Willson also beat Proctor and Macfarlane 3-0; Ferguson beat Proctor 3-0, and once Hughes got used to Marfarlane's anti-spin rubbers she was also successful against Macfarlane 3-1. The doubles was the closest match of the night. Hughes and Willson were playing their first ever doubles games together (due to Ferguson having left slightly early to get ready for his Police Competition the following day). The Colebridge pair started well winning the first end 11-7, but lost 9-11, 5-11 to go 1-2 down. However, with the slightly unorthodox combination, the Aces two battled back to win 11-9 in the 4th and 11-9 in the 5th. The score finished 10-0 to Colebridge. Special thanks must go to Inky Moss who umpired all matches during the evening.
 
On Monday 20th October, Aces played Free Church B. Both team captains Kate Hughes and Jeff Harris had a chuckle at the start, hoping for a slightly earlier finish compared to last year's 11.15pm finish! Aces captain Hughes started the match off beating Jeff Harris 11-5, 11-6, 8-11, 11-5. This was followed by Ben Willson overcoming Sam Wiggins 11-7, 11-5, 11-3. Wiggins could not cope with the Willson serves! Due to Mike Rinnhofer arriving slightly late, Hughes then played Warwickshire Junior Sam Weaving, who had been representing Lillington over the recent weekend in the Junior British League competition. Hughes started well winning 11-5, 11-6 only to lose the third end 9-11. However, Kate refocused in the 4th, storming to a 11-4 win. The match between Hughes and Weaving had some excellent rallies; Weaving retrieving lots of balls from all over the table. Willson was next up against Jeff Harris, where he was the victor 3-0. Kate then played Sam Wiggins, winning 3-1 (losing the third set again!). Mike Rinnhofer certainly got his money's worth in his first two matches, having a long battle against Sam Weaving in his first match. With the game taking over half an hour, Mike came out on top (just!!) 7-11, 16-14, 11-5, 8-11, 11-9. This was then followed by another 5-set battle against Sam Wiggins which Mike narrowly lost, 10-12, 12-10, 12-10, 7-11, 13-15- taking the overall match score to 6-1 to the Aces. For the second time in two matches Hughes and Willson teamed up for the doubles; this time a more consistent performance 11-7, 11-7, 11-9 against Wiggins and Harris. Willson continued to make life difficult for the Free Church Juniors beating Sam Weaving 3-1, followed by Rinnhofer ending the night with a 3-1 win against Jeff Harris. The score line ended 9-1 to Aces, and a slightly earlier finish of 10.45pm! Resident umpire Inky Moss came down to score throughout the evening, despite having been away all weekend umpiring at Junior British League.
 
So far the Aces have recorded 46/50 points. Thank you to all player who have represented the team so far. 
 
Singles averages so far....
Ian Ferguson 9/9; Willson 11/12; Hughes 13/15; Rinnhofer 8/9. 
Doubles: Hughes & Ferguson 2/2; Hughes & Willson 2/2; Willson & Rinnhofer 1/1
 
Kate Hughes (Aces Team Captain): 21st October 2014.
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