Sunday 24/1/16, Home v Norfolk.
Team - Martin Smith, Martyn Clark, John Harvey, Wilf Janssen, Angela Sharman, Dianne Baker, Helen Taylor and Carol Salmon.
Cambs won 3 out of 4 mens rubbers, with Martin and Martyn teaming up to beat the first Norfolk pair in a 3 setter 22-24, 21-14 and 21-16 and a comfortable win against their second pair. Wilf and John had two close games, beating the firsts 21-18 and 23-21, and lost to the seconds 17 and 19.
Angela and Di lost to the first pair but beat the seconds to 12 and 7.
Helen and Carol couldn't quite convert a three setter but lost 16-21, 21-19, 16-21, could have gone either way!!
Martyn Clark and Di Baker played as first mixed and won their gmae to 19 and 15.
Wilf and Helen played second and after a good first end winning 21-19 couldn't quite manage to win losing to 14 and 13 in the second and third ends.
Martin Smith and Angela Sharman went in as thirds winning another three setter 21-16 19-21, 21-17.
This left John Harvey and Carol Salmon with the responsibility of bringing home the win or making it a draw. They came up against a strong third pair and found it hard to get into their stride finally losing to 7 and 15.
This made it a 6-6 draw, with 14 games each. We finally lost out by 2 points 504-506.
It was a very good game played in good spirits which all pairings felt they could/should have won it for us.
An excellent result and turnaround from a 10-2 loss at their end.
Well Played Team.
Sunday 31/1/16, Away v Suffolk
Team - Martin Smith, Martyn Clark, John Harvey, Wilf Janssen, Angela Sharman, Dianne Baker, Helen Taylor, and Xin Cheng.
Martin and Martyn lost a close game 17 and 18 to the first pair, but felt it could have gone either way, and beat the seconds to 19 and 18.
Wilf and John narrowly lost to the seconds, 16 and 18. But managed to take an end of the firsts eventually losing 16-21 21-15 15-21.
Pairings were Angela and Di and Helen and Xin. Both pairs suffered a heavy defeat to a strong first ladies pair. And both had a better game against their second pair with Angela and Di managing to take an end off them.
We didn't manage to win any mixed rubbers, with only Wilf and Helen as second mixed managing to take an end.
All in all a somewhat disappointing outing where we all feel we could/should have done better. Most if not all of the games played were closer than the scorelines suggest.
Many Thanks Team, especially Wilf for standing in for John Pickering who had to pull out due to illness on Saturday.