Saturday 29 November 2014

Dorset 3 vs Cornwall 2

Following a promising first match dispatching a talented Avon team, the Cornish team were keen to capitalise on a good start to the season against Dorset 3 away. For reasons unknown, Cornwall arrived at the venue ready for a 12.30pm start, only to be informed that the match was scheduled for a 12pm kick off.  Traveling separately was Kahoo, arriving a whole hour late (a new record), believing the match to start at 1pm. Fortunately the opposition showed commendable sporting spirit, not penalising Cornwall for the late start and the match started without any further delay. 

As tradition dictates, the match started off with singles. On form youngster Liam Sillifant swiftly dispatched his opposition in two ends, with Sam Spencer losing marginally in two close games. Ladies followed suit, with Beth Wotton winning in two and Hester Luke losing to Dorset’s number one singles in a tight decider.
The Cornish ladies saw Beth team up with Linda Beer and club mates Vicki Thomas playing with Hester Luke. The first pairing notched another rubber, Vicki & Hester beating the Dorset second pairing. An unfortunate turn of events saw Linda pick up an injury during the first doubles and despite the injury made an amicable effort in both rubbers but unfortunately losing both. Our strength in men's doubles saw both Rich Townsend & Dave Harrington and Kahoo and Sam Spencer winning all four men's comfortably. With a 7-5 lead heading into the mixed, Cornwall were determined to win all rubbers and bag maximum points. 

A late substitution for injured Linda saw Hester team up with Rich - with Rich’s variation of shots and Hester’s power play they beat the Dorset first pair in two ends. Established pairing Kahoo and Vicki were next up. In contrast to Vicki’s warning that she wasn't playing particularly well during the match, Kahoo spent the majority of the first game as a spectator whilst Vicki dominated the opposition with great vision and accurate shots. The duo swiftly swept aside Dorset in two ends, keeping our hopes of achieving a three point victory. The scratch pairing of Liam and Beth couldn't quite keep up with the opposition and despite the advantage of youth behind them a lack of experience forced the pair to accept defeat under pressure.

With another win in the bag, the Cornwall 2nds left Dorset pleased with the win, but also acknowledging that improvements will need to be made in order to obtain the elusive promotion spot this season.

Thanks to the team and Sue Cooper for organising the county match.