West Lothian Team 9 v West Lothian Team 7
Match report by Tommy Toner:
It was the battle of two of the West Lothian teams in Division 4 with Team 9 meeting Team 7.
First match was Jamie Toner playing Bob Lander. Some amazing rally’s and returns in this match seen Bob get the better of Jamie in 4 ends.
Neil Webb levelled the game at 1-1 with a convincing 3 set victory against Ros Beck. Neil was patient then attacked when the opportunity came.
John McLeod then beat Tommy Toner over 4 ends. John waited patiently to get onto his forehand then took his chances when they came.
Jamie went a set up against John and then narrowly lost the 2nd set 14-12. Jamie was returning shots John wasn’t expecting back and took the third set 11-7. John then bounced back and found a strategy to get on top taking the final two sets 11-4 and 11-5.
Tommy and Ros played out 3 long sets where both of them were reluctant to attack. This meant a lot of long rally’s. Tommy came out on top over the 3 sets by consistently getting the ball back rather than going for the winners. Not the most exciting match for Neil the umpire but it got Team 8 back in the match 4-2 down with the doubles up next.
The doubles was a very entertaining match with Neil and Tommy taking the first two sets against Bob and John. The third set was a ding dong affair with Bob and John saving no fewer than 7 match points eventually winning the third set 19-17. They carried the momentum into the fourth set by winning 11-7. Bob and John raced into a 7-1 lead in the fifth set but Neil and Tommy found a way back and levelled it at 10-10. Bob and John kept at it and took the fifth set 12-10 to put their team 5-2 up.
John secured the victory for Team 7 with a 4 set victory v Neil. All sets were tight but John used that forehand with a bit of spin in it to pull out some very good winners.
Tommy put up a good account of himself against Bob taking it to a fifth set with some very entertaining rally’s and a very enjoyable match played in good spirit. Bob’s experience won the day in the final set.
Jamie and Ros then played out a very long match which looked like going on all night. Jamie eventually got the better of Ros 3-1 but it was hard work for the youngster as Ros just gets everything back. The match finished just on time at 9.59pm and the final score was a deserved 7-3 victory for a team 7.