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Chew Squash Go So Close to First Summer Success

Chew Squash still hoping to clinch their first win of the season went so close in the second of CVSC's most recent games in matches against two different teams from Redland.


Chew Valley's first of their latest two matches was away v Redland "D" and was a really disappointing affair with CVSC losing 1-16.


No 1 = MARK SIMMONS. Lost 0-3. Game scores = 9-15, 12-15, and 10-15
Mark's opponent was just too experienced and highly ranked. A great effort from Mark but he was just out-played.


No 2 = RICHARD NICHOL. Lost 0-3. Game scores = 13-15, 6-15, and 10-15
Pretty much the same as Mark's game. Rich did come close in the first game as his more unorthodox style took his opponent by surprise. However, his opponent worked out a strategy and was in command for games 2 and three to take another 0-3 win for Redland.


No 3 = DAN SPINNEY. Lost 0-3. Game scores = 10-15, 8-15, and 12-15
Promoted up the order because of his recent sterling performances, Dan fought hard but got nothing out of this match to show for it.


No 4 = IAN BISHOP. Lost 1-3. Game scores = 7-15, 15-13, 12-15, and 16-18.
The closest match of the night and one that could have gone either way. A really great effort form Bish against a much higher ranked player; and to come so close! The first game was not an indication of what was to follow with Bish's opponent dominant. A great performance from Bish in the second, moving his opponent around the court, saw him level the tie at 1-1 and give CVSC their first point of the night. Into the 3rd and another great tussle which was neck and neck for most of the game. Finally though, Bish's opponent edged ahead to go into a 1-2 lead for Redland. The 4th game was exhausting to watch. Both looked determined and threw everything at their opposition. At one stage it looked like Bish was going to level the match again but his opponent wrestled back control on the game and ran out the winner.


Match Result: A 0-4 defeat for CVSC and only 1 point to add to the team tally.

Man of the Match: IAN BISHOP; for great effort, so close and for getting the Team's only point of the night.


Chew Valley's next match was at home v Redland "C" and was a totally different kettle of fish with CVSC coming so close to getting a win or, at the very least, a draw!


No 1 = MARK SIMMONS. Won 3-2. Game scores = 16-14, 13-15, 15-7, 15-17 and 15-4
A real ding-dong battle from start to finish (well almost)! The first game set the tone for most of the rest of the match with such accurate squash on display. Mark managed to raise his already high level of squash for the critical points and took the first. The second was a complete reversal. Still very close, still great squash but Mark's opponent took control at the crucial time and leveled the tie at 1-1. That seemed to sap Mark's opponent for the third game; a sign of things to come perhaps? Mark was on top in the third and went into a 2-1 lead with a relatively comfortable scoreline. The 4th was yet another complete reversal and yet another great tussle which was neck and neck for most of the game. It ended up going to Mark's opponent to bring the tie level again at 2-2. On into the 5th and which way would this one go? The effort of drawing the tie level was clearly evident for Mark's opponent and Mark cruised to a win in the final game to take this match 3-2.


No 2 = RICHARD NICHOL. Lost 0-3. Game scores = 12-15, 11-15 and 12-15
Rich played some great squash but his opponent always seemed to have the edge.


No 3 = IAN BISHOP. Lost 0-3. Game scores =4-15, 6-15 and 7-15
Bish was, unfortunately for him, up against a player in form and on fire! In Bish's own words "I wouldn't have been able to cope with that even when I was young and fit"; nothing else needs adding really!


No 4 = DAN SPINNEY. Lost 2-3. Game scores = 15-6, 7-15, 4-15, 15-12 and 4-15
A strange tie but reminiscent of Dan's performances lately. Dan in control of the first game; well on top. Dan then had a confidence wobble and let his opponent back in; Dan's opponent well in charge of the second game. Which Dan would come out for game 3? Unfortunately for CVSC it was the "wobbly" Dan who was now 1-2 down after starting so strongly! Into the fourth game too and Dan and Dan steps up to the challenge. A much closer game which Dan won to level the tie at 2-2. So, the fifth...... which way would it go......which Dan would emerge? CVSC, at this stage, were hoping that Dan could carry his 4th game performance into the 5th and get a draw at least. Well, Dan lost 4-15 and a potential 2-2 draw in the match turned into a 1-3 defeat. Unlucky Dan, so close!


Match Result: Another 1-3 defeat for CVSCwith 5 points on the board from this match but it was oh so close. Onward and upwards.


Man of the Match: MARK SIMMONS; more great squash, another great win.

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