Latest Team Match Report
Firsts march on whilst chaos ensues for seconds
This week saw another trip to Milton Keynes for Luton and Dunstable Squash club first team to take on Open University. OU have long been one of the leagues stronger outfits and LDS were back to full strength after last week’s injury crisis.
Steve Wells and Scot Adam were on court first at numbers 5 and 4. Steve showed no signs of his recent knee injury and ran out a comfortable 3-0 winner. Meanwhile Adam had a tougher task playing Darren Ward, a player who has not played in the beds league for a while but used to play higher in the team order. Adam found his opponent too strong on the day and despite some recent comebacks could not do it again after finding himself 2-0 down, he eventually lost 3-1.
So with the match at 1-1 Steve Davies and Matt Mulara were next on court. Both completed 3-0 victories without too much alarm and took the match for Luton and Dunstable. That just left Declan Osborn back from university to play for additional team points. It was a strange game that at times looked like Osborn would run away with and yet he got drawn into his experienced opponent’s game of drops and boasts and ended up in a real battle. However, it was youth that ran out the winner on this occasion with Osborn sealing a fine night for the side by winning a close 5th game.
Captain Steve Davies said, “After a couple of early defeats this year it was an important win tonight and keeps us on track to defend our title.”
The second team’s match was cancelled at the very last minute and time will tell if it is to be replayed whilst the Herts team had a week off for half term.
In other squash news this weekend sees the biggest Junior Squash event ever held in the area with in excess of 90 competitors taking part to try and win the inaugural Beds Junior Open at Lewsey Sports Park. Spectators are welcome with matches kicking off at 9.00am on Saturday and at 10.00am on Sunday. Whilst several LDS members will be taking part including the youngest competitor in the whole event aged 6 in the Girls Under 11 category, realistic title hopes rest with the Khan’s in the Boys Under 11 and Under 13 category. Draw available on www.ldsquash.com
LDS1 16-5 Open University 1
Steve Davies 3-0 Ben Shakespear
Declan Osborn 3–2 David Gibson
Matt Mulara 3-0 Laurie Collic
Scot Adam 1-3 Darren Ward
Steve Wells 3–1 Jim Moffat