On Friday 12th September the latest annual Interclub Match between Draycott and Knighton Park Over 50's Groups took place at Draycott.
The Draycott team Players are pinching themselves in case they are dreaming, why Draycott won 4 -2 !
Past encounters have seen Knighton Park completely dominating the Matches, we've never won more than one rubber in past matches.
Draycott Knighton Park
1st rubber David Holness Steve Bessant Result 3 - 2
Paul Chadwick Robert Geary
2nd rubber Rod Winfield John Bownes Result 0 - 5
Alan Staniforth Tim Cawston
3rd rubber David Wright Eddie Kwok Result 3 - 2
Guan Wang Bill Warmsley
4th rubber Brian Canavan Shusheel Kumar Result 3 - 2
Richard McCristal Phil Wood
5th rubber Bob Higgins Angela Bowness Result 5 - 0
Jackie Meakin Pat Evans
6th rubber Derek Hubbard Peter Yau Result 0 - 5
David Peacock Simon Taylor
This was a hard fought match which hinged on the doubles because Robert won both his singles and both David and Paul managed to beat Steve. This match had 3 five set matches and the other 2 went to 4 sets. In the doubles Draycott won the first set but Knighton hit back winning the next 2. The Draycott team play a lot of doubles and this was probably why they then managed to regroup and take the last 2 sets.
John and Tim were far to strong for Rod and Alan, Draycott could only win 2 sets in the whole match.
This was another hard fought match which was decided by the final match between Guan and Eddie who were both unbeaten at that point. Guan just lost the 1st set 10-12 but he then won the 2nd by the same score and then won the 3rd much easier 11-4. Eddie fought back to take the 4th 11-6 but the match was decided when Guan won the 5th by the same score. David and Bill's match was entertaining to watch as it developed into David putting hard shot to opposite corners on consecutive shots yet Bill doggedly getting them back. 5th set score was 17-15 to David.
Brian was the star of this rubber, he won both his matches in 3 sets then combined with Richard to win the doubles. Richard put up a spirited fight in the last match, taking Shusheel to 5 sets.
Whilst it looked to be an easy match for Draycott, Jackie had to survive two 5 set matches for that score to be achieved. Her 2nd match against Pat was especially tough because she lost the first 2 sets 6 and 10 but then took the last 3 sets 2, 8 and 6.
Whilst this looked an easy match for Knighton Park both their players had to win 5 set matches against Derek to achieve that result. Draycott also won the first set of the doubles and only lost after losing 12-10 in the fourth.
Knighton Park's none playing Captain, Gordon Sanders made an entertaining speech in which he intimated that as it was Draycott's 25th anniversary they'd allowed Draycott to win. As can be seen there were 3 matches that could easily have been won by Knighton Park instead of Draycott so his comments were very 'tongue in cheek'. He then issued a warning about next years match, he said we should be 'afraid, very afraid'.
We'll see you next year Gordon !