NA Batmen v Torbay Aacademy 1
All the turkey, nuts and chocolate eaten, Batmen started the New Year with a gentle run in against top side Academy 1! Even without Kris they have three top players and the first match of the night between Patrik and Mike meant that somebody was going to lose their 100% record. Mike got his big backhand loop going and stretched and troubled Patrik all through the match, but in the end Patrik had the better consistency to win in five. Well deserved Man of the Match, was Paul Myatt who generates the most forehand spin in the league and has the hardest backhand hit as well! Naomi and Dennis both managed to take one leg off him by stopping him getting in the first big shot of the rally. Easier said than done! Javier had a brilliant comeback from 10-6 down in the 5th to beat Naomi but Naomi bounced back to beat Patrik. Dennis had managed to also beat Patrik and take his 100% after a 'purple patch' all through the 5th leg. Batmen played well to win the final doubles, keeping quiet the big shots from Paul and Javier. Shot of the night could be any one of Paul's rapid quick backhands, although one of them was in the knock up!