Kendal C team visit Dalton seeking another win
and the team did not disappoint…
Ian Garnett went in first at number 5 against Mike Griffiths and didn’t seem to really get started, going down in the first game 11-15. Without a break they were straight back into it with Ian looking a little more fired up, however not lasting the distance and losing the second game 12-15. In the third game Ian, not playing his best also went down 8-15. 0-3 to Mike.
Joel Howse had a straightforward 3-0 win at number 4 against Alex McIntosh putting in a lot of effort chasing every ball down with his never say die attitude, taking the first 15-8. The second was much the same with both players getting there fair share of nicks of the walls ending 15-11 to Joel. With Alex getting slightly frustrated in the third and Joel using this to his advantage finishing the match 15-10.
Russ Lilliebridge seemed a bit more comfortable with Matt Freudmann racing though the first and second game’s 15-8 and 15-11 although at time’s looking a bit lazy. This showed though in the third when Matt flow to a 10-2 start leaving Russ behind, but with the slight loss of concentration behind him taking the third 15-11, winning 3-0.
Next up Gary Major versus Neil Cunningham. Nobody thought this match would last to long and Neil put up a pretty good fight throwing Gary off the ball’s scent more then once in the first game taking it 9-15. However fitness will out and Neil was no match for Gary’s legs and speed, as Gary pulled it back to one apiece 15-10. Gary settled in a lot more in the third and fourth but was still pushed to 15-13 & 15-11, ensuring the 5 bonus points for his team 3-1.
Chris Hoyle in next to claim his victory over the left hander Alex Sales. It seemed an easy effort in the first with 15-6 win. But Alex was not going away and claimed the second with a nice hard kill shot backhand to the left side of the court 10-15. The third was a struggle, neither players wanting to give away the “deciding game” going all the way to 18-16 with Chris just in front. After fighting to win the third set Chris was not about to see the fourth go any other way, starting strong and finishing stronger 15-11. Some much needed extra point for the C team
Taking the match by 4 to 1 and the 17 points to move them up to 3rd place in the division 1 league table, however being only a few matches into the season we’ll see how long they can hold on.
Kendal B team lose out in tense tussle
The B team’s dismal run of results continued despite a spirited effort playing at home against Whitehaven B. Both teams were looking for their first win of the season, but the visitors came out on top clinching a 3-2 win by the narrowest of margins.
At number 5 Kendal club captain Shayne Holliday had an epic battle against Sarah Frain, coming back for one game down to go 2-1 up before losing the next two by the closest of margins. The fifth game went to 20-18 before Kendal succumbed.
At number 4 Ben Cook also had his hands full but was able to win by a 3-1.
At number 3 Steve Couper did not drop a game as he cruised to victory. At number 2 Dave Archer did not fare so well, going down 3-1. With the match poised at two apiece the number 1 players took to the court with plenty to play for!
Things started well for Whitehaven as they took the first game. Kendal’s Owen Haines got into his stride and took the next two but Michael Maguire levelled at two all. The final game was close, but Whitehaven squeezed ahead to win the game, the match and the tie, leaving Kendal B languishing in the league and still searching for their first win of the season.