O40s vs Avon (away)
Venue: Clevedon Sports Centre
Team: Barry Harriss, Andrew Carpenter, Jason Flagg, Simon Ashenden, Fiona Rooke, Nikki Harriss, Emily Page-Symonds, Sarah-Jane Trask
After a Summer of injuries to various of the 40s men and a decision to merge the Somerset 50s and 55s teams into a single 50s team for this season, the plea went out and the 40s were allowed to nominate Barry for this season. Just before the start of the ICC, Andrew Carpenter came back to Badminton after a season away. Welcome to Emily for her first full season in the 40s team.
With the captain not playing this one, the team headed off to Clevedon. After a little trouble with directions the last of the players arrived a little late.
Our new first mens pair of Simon and Jason decided to get their monies worth and took both of their games to 3 sets. They were able to overcome the Avon 1st pair, but unable to beat the Avon 2nd pair. Andrew and Barry went down in 2 sets to the Avon 2nd pair, but were able to beat the Avon 1st pair in straight sets.
Nikki and Fi managed a solid 2 set victory against both of the Avon ladies pairs. Sarah-Jane and Emily, who are team mates at Bridgwater club, were able to come back from a set down against the second pair, but lost to the first pair, again in 3 sets.
Nikki and Jason just snuck the first end of the 1st mixed by 22-20 and went on to win the second end too. Barry and Fiona back on court together again managed a solid 2 set win, followed by another 2 set win from Simon and Sarah-Jane. Andrew and Emily playing together for the first time were unlucky and lost in a very tight 2 set match.
Well done team for winning without your captain. Keep it up people!
Final result: Somerset won 8-4