|Home Player||Away Player||Games||Score|
|Recorded By: David Unwin||5 - 5|
Rougham Lions 5 - 5 Stowmarket Pumas -
09/11/2017 - Paul Mcgerty -
A treble from Stowmarket’s Jack Samson was the stand out performance to earn his side a hard-fought draw away at Rougham. Against Paul McGerty in his first match it appeared to be going in Paul’s favour when leading 2-1, but a 13-15 4th game proved the turning point and Jack was able to go on and take the decider.
The 3-0 win to Adam Coombes in the second match against Scott Day was closer than the score line suggested but Adam produced a well-judged mix of aggressive forehands and care against Scott’s backhand pips to take it.
Next up Holly McGerty took on David Gough in, what turned out to be, a close 5 setter. David recovering well from 2-1 down but Holly powering though to win the 5th.
The night was already proving a marathon with the two other matches in the Rougham Sports Hall finishing during the fourth match between Adam and Jack. Adam flew through the first game and 10-7 up in the second looked set to go into a healthy lead. However, with his back to the wall (literally at times) Jack turned it around and took the game 19-21 and went on to win 1-3.
The fifth match between Paul and David was another loss for Rougham from a possible winning position. With Paul 2-0 up David came out with a more aggressive game to level the match at 2-2. Nets and edges usually equal out over a match but David managed to save a couple of pearls for the deciding game and complete his comeback.
The contest was now playing over 2 tables to make up time. Holly vs Scott on the far table was another close encounter, with Scott prevailing in 4 tight sets as Holly failed to deal with the pimples.
On the near table Adam faced David in yet another 5 set contest. This time the Rougham player took a different approach and lost the first game, with Adam then able to fight back to 2-1 up. David levelled with a comfortable 4th game win only for Adam to recover his composure and see out the 5th. This brought the match score to Rougham 3 – Stowmarket 4.
Contest of the night was Holly vs Jack. With the first two close games shared, the third was a big 16-18 win for Jack. At this point the quality of play on show brought several rounds of applause from those watching and brought play on the other table to a halt. Jack’s more aggressive forehand was just getting the upper hand in the 4th game and took him to an early lead. However, Holly wasn’t shaken off and levelled at 10-10 but couldn’t prevent Jack taking the game, and the match.
With Rougham now 3-5 down, Paul finally showed some form with a 4 set win against Scott before the most surprising result of the night - Adam and Holly winning a doubles match! Over the last two seasons they have proved to be one of the worst doubles partnerships, but this time everything clicked into place and they powered to a 3-0 win and gained Rougham the draw.
All in all, a very enjoyable, if late finishing, evening.