So the second match for the first team in division 1 and with a rearranged team due to a couple of injuries we went trying to get a point against a Essex team that will be fighting Middlesex for promotion so we knew it was going to be tough.
The men’s singles was always going to be tough and so it proved with Sam Scharf losing the first singles, 10 and 10. Stephen Pickering found his opposition much tougher than last time losing 6 and 9.
The Ladies singles however was much closer with Olga Bryant losing in three ends 11-21, 21-12 and 7-21 and Nat Taylor at second singles winning 21-16, 21-11.
The men’s doubles showed a rearranged line up with Simon Woodhouse playing with Stephen at one and Sam playing with James Wilson at two, the first games showed that it was new pairings with Simon and Stephen losing 21-16 and 21-13, and the Sam and James losing 21-17 and 21-13 the reverse doubles however were much closer with Sam and James narrowly losing to the first pair, 21-17 and 21-19. Simon and Stephen going to three games but still losing 12-21, 21-18, 7-21.
The Ladies also had a tough first set of games with Sara Mason and Nat losing 15-21, 19-21 and second pair of Olga and Hannah Sharman also losing in 2 17-21 and 17-21. However in the reverse doubles there was a great effort by both pairs with Nat and Sara winning 21-14 and 21-18. Then with some phenomenal play by Hannah, she and Olga won 25-23 and 21-19.
This put us in the same position as the previous match needing all three mixed for a point. Olga and Stephen playing a 1st mixed faced tough opposition and unfortunately lost in straight games 21-19 and 21-16. Sara and James playing at 2nd also had some really tough opposition for a second pair and didn’t look out played but lost in two, 21-18 and 21-17. Finally in 3rd Nat and Si managed to regain some honour for the team winning 21-15 and 22-20.
Player of the Day as selected by the team was Hannah Sharman, but mention also ought to go to Nat who once again won 3 out of 4 games.
More information about results of the Cambs I team is available on the Team Page.