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Moor Park friendly match 14th August. Reporter Alister Heaphy.

Moor Park friendly match 14th August. Reporter Alister Heaphy.

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The historic and splendidly grand mansion house at Moor Park, witnessed your team overcome a fine home side by just 7 games.
The Club were proudly represented by newbies Ray Blandford partnered by Wendy Job, Himself (your Captain) played with chum and fellow golfer Jan Combes and as thirds, the resilient farmers Dan and Gill Dickey enjoyed another crack at the local opposition.
Before play, Himself had stressed to your team that a predominantly white rule applied, well dear reader not a bit of it! The home side seemingly came dressed for shopping, the beach, and a night out at a disco!
Notwithstanding their bemused looks at your team’s pristine apparel the opposition returned their winningest first pair, big serving Mike, partnered by the wonderfully enthusiastic Marianne. However, sneakily a new second and third pair were introduced into the fray. The hard hitting Stuart with all courter Anna and as thirds, top spinner Mark and the forceful Debs.
So to the tennis, Ray and Wendy complemented each other well. Lots of aggressive net play and accurate returning saw them win one match handsomely and lose narrowly against Mike and Marianne with well fought rallies and games. There new partnership reached its zenith with a surprising whitewash of the home side third pair. Both dominated their respective serves and used angles to disrupt the strong baseline play of Mark and Debs.
As always Jan played her slices, chops and artful lobs to great effect. Your second pair won their initial match 6-5 against Stuart and Anna and were all square against the firsts before Himself dumbfounded his partner with his consistently rubbish drop shots leading to a 4-7 defeat. Equilibrium was restored however against an injured Mark and Debs.
Whilst I was collecting my shots from the bottom of the net, I noted that Gill was using her trademark crosscourt angled forehands to great effect and Dan’s high kicker serves were confounding the opposition. Both were also fleet of foot in chasing down wickedly placed drop shots. Crucially Dan and Gill lost by just one game against opposite pairing of Mark and Debs and valiantly secured another 6 games in their other battles.
Dear reader, you will not be surprised to read that Members of your Club showed Olympian style sportsmanship when faced with an injured opponent. Mark had twisted his ankle after playing the Dickeys. I know what you are thinking and no Gill did no go all Mick McManus on him! Both Ray and Jan administered soothing implements and potions enabling him to carry on – now that is 45 spirit! Click here for more pictures.


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