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Holm View Mens B v Arches B 27/11/2014

The Mens B faced a daunting trip to Howells school to face a good Arches team that was strengthened with the presence of a member of their last years A team. Already missing David they had been hit with the news Azzad was out! This had prompted a flurry of frantic emails before Elfyn agreed to make his club match debut! Dave Stopgate again showed his brilliance as a captain! He kept the Perry brothers together, paired Alan and Jack again and paired himself with Elfyn. The Perry brothers got the match off to a storming start making short work of their first opponents. However, the other two rubbers were a very close affair with Dave and Elfyn notching up a well earned victory and Alan and Jack narrowly losing to their opponents in three games.

The Perry brothers were then embroiled in a tough rubber. Having lost the first game they showed great character to win the second game and eventually overpowering their opponents in the third game. While this was going on Dave and Elfyn were quietly going about their business of winning their second rubber. Alan and Jack unfortunately were finding the conditions difficult and sustained another loss.4-2 up going in to the final round of rubbers was a strong position to be in but the team knew they could not take anything for granted with three tough rubbers to play against an Arches side prepared to fight for every last point!

The Perry brothers were first up again and despite being 19-16 down in the first game and 19-17 down in the second game they showed that there is no substitute for experience and the desire to win! Coming out on top 21-16 and 23-21 to seal the match. Dave and Elfyn in the meantime were involved in a torrid match that went to three games before they eventually earned a great victory 23-21 in the third. Having now put the match beyond Arches Alan and Jack went in to their rubber with the pressure off and what a rubber it turned out to be. Having lost the first game they would not roll over and fought hard to win the second game before eventually winning the third game 23-21 to earn their first rubber of the night and sealing a fantastic 7-2 victory.
All credit to the Arches team who put up real battle and made the Mens B earn every point! And, to top off a great debut for Elfyn the Arches team selected him as the teams most sporting player. Congratulations Elfyn, what a debut!

Mike Perry

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