O40s vs Avon (home)
Team: Jason Flagg, Simon Ashenden, Barry Harriss, Alistair McGuinn, Sarah-Jane Trask, Wendy Field, Nikki Harriss, Emily Page-Symonds
Playing against a slightly different Avon team from the one before Christmas, the men had a tough time, to the extent of naming one of the opposition "the beast" due to his dynamic smashes. That seems to be rather common for these recently turned 40s players. Alistair stuggled a little to get used to the pace for his first league match. Alistair and Barry lost both mens doubles. Jason and Simon didnt get too much traction against the Avon 1st pair, but picked up their game to beat the Avon second pair for the only mens doubles win.
With a slightly different team from previous matches, the decision was made to keep Sarah-Jane and Wendy together and launch the new pairing of Nikki and Emily for their first ever games together. Both pairs went to long 3 sets against the Avon 1st pair. Wendy and Sarah-Jane lost theirs and Emily and Nikki were able to win theirs.
The match was all square going into the mixed. Jason groaned to be playing 1st, but put up a good fight against some tough opposition. They lost but the other pairings of Barry and Wendy, Sarah-Jane and Simon and the new pairing of Alistair and Emily were all able to come away with 2 set wins.
Result: Somerset win 7-5