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Stowmarket Jaguars 7 - 3 Bury Romans
18/10/2017 - Terry Betts.
Jaguars welcomed Bury Romans to Stowupland and got off to a flyer with Mark Beaumont taking a straight sets victory over the evergreen, ever ready Roy Pettitt. How satisfying it was to see Roy still giving it everything from the start.
Andy Bennett maintained the momentum with a commanding victory over another Bury stalwart Tim Jolly who was unable to cope with Andy’s spin and power.
Next up was the intriguing battle between Jaguars, Chris Smith with his trusty pimples blades and his efficient, calm, primarily defensive style against the explosive Kin Choi Chan, with his penholder grip and massive top spin power. What a great match it was. Kin took the first leg 11-8 and consolidated with a comfortable second but a determined Chris rallied in the third leg with some resolute defence to take it to deuce, with Kin’s power and service variety finally taking it 13-11 and denying Chris his continued 100% record.
Andy Bennett then took the Jaguars to a 3-1 lead with a straight sets win over the valiant Roy Pettitt.
In the next match Kin returned to the table to take on Mark Beaumont. Mark’s excellent service variation and defensive style troubled Kin in the first leg, but over the three legs Kin’s superb spin and power was too good as he took the match score to 3-2.
Tim Jolly returned to the table determined to further reduce the arrears but found Chris Smith in uncompromising form to put the jaguars 4-2 in front.
Next up was an absolute cracker of a match when Andy Bennett was paired against Kin Choi Chan. With Kin struggling to read Andy’s subtle spins when serving and in open play, Andy took the first leg 11-9. Kin replied in the next two legs with an exhibition of superb variations of spin serves and top spin power to go 2-1 up but Andy rallied well in a close 4th leg going down narrowly 9-11 to take the match to 4-3.
Sadly for the Romans the remaining two singles went to the Jaguars in straight sets, Chris Smith being too strong for a now tiring Roy Pettitt and Mark Beaumont coming out on top in a primarily defensive battle with Tim Jolly. So with the Jaguars leading 6-3 going into the doubles one may have thought that the Romans would have thrown in the towel, but hey, not a bit of it Jaguars scraped home 16-14 in first leg before taking the next two legs and the match 7-3 in a friendly, sporting yet competitive fixture.