O40s vs Avon (home)
Team: Simon Ashenden, Mark Yeandle, Neil Robson, Jason Flagg, Wendy Field, Sarah-Jane Trask, Nikki Harriss, Sarah Bryan
A slight delay at the start with one of the team needing to stop off for something to clear her eyes, the match started well. As always the poor mobile reception inside and close to the sports hall didnt help communication, but at least it wasnt raining or freezing cold.
The mens doubles pairings of Mark / Simon and Jason / Neil had a strong first round of games. The latter was a win in 3 sets against the Avon second pair after losing the second end. The pairings of Nikki/ SJT and Sarah/Wendy were able to take both in 2 sets.
In the second round Mark / Simon beat the Avon second pair in 2, but Jason / Neil were given the runaround but lost in 2 tight ends by 24-22 / 21-17. With Neil stepping in to help out below his usual age group his efforts were greatly appreciated. The ladies continued in majesterial form and won both of the second round games in 2 sets.
Well the mixed was interesting with 3 of the 4 going to 3 sets. Some of the pairings had not played together before, but that did not stop Nikki/Jason winning at first mixed, Simon/SJT winning at second mixed, Mark/Sarah winning in straight sets at third mixed and Wendy/Neil winning playing a sort of levels at 4th mixed. The second mixed was entertaining with them being down in the second end and then getting their full game face on and storming through. We look forward to seeing that game face in all the remaining matches.
Thank you to Sarah and Neil filling in for us. We look forward to Fiona being rested and fit again for the next match. As usual we all crowded in and around the kitchen for plentiful good food and a much appreciated home made cake from SJT.
Result: Somerset win 11-1