Match report by Tommy Toner:
Team 9 faced Haddington for the second week running. Last week it was a 5-5 home draw against Haddington V. This week David MacRae, Tommy Toner and Neil Webb travelled east to face Haddington IV again without the teams highest rated player (Jamie Toner) but were hoping with Neil back they could go one better than the previous week.
David kicked off proceedings against Jordan Roderick. Jordan played a lot of attacking winners to win in four sets.
Next game saw Tommy start well against John Robson taking the first two sets but John responded by saving two match points to win the third set and won the fourth set comfortably. The fifth set was a tight one with John saving another couple of match points and then had one of his own at 11-10. Tommy dug in and overcame a few unlucky “Let” shouts at crucial points in the match to eventually clinch it. This levelled the match at 1-1.
Neil was up next against David Drew and lost in four sets which was no disgrace as David is one of the top performers in Div 4 this season.
Jordan was working at 9pm so asked to play games out of sequence so he could get to work. Therefore the scheduled Match 10 between Tommy and Jordan was moved to Match 4. Tommy was still running high on adrenalin from the previous match and won an entertaining match with some good rally’s in 3 sets. This levelled the match at 2-2.
David then met John in a pulsating five setter. David remarkably came back from two sets down to get himself 10-7 up in the 5th set. John fought back to 10-10 but David played a sublime back hand winner to set himself up for another match point which he duly took putting West Lothian 3-2 up.
Tommy then lost to David in straight sets who showed his experience by patiently waiting for his chance to attack to draw the match level at 3-3.
Neil came back from 2 sets down to take Jordan to a fifth set only to lose 11-5. This put the home side 4-3 going into the doubles.
The doubles match saw David and Tommy meet Jordan and David and it was a ding dong battle with some sublime rally’s. The first two sets were close and shared 11-9 and 10-12. Haddington then won the third set convincingly 11-3 with Jordan playing some very good forehand smashes. David and Tommy showed character by taking the match. to a 5th end. It was a very exciting 5th set with some amazing returns from both sides. David Macrae played an unbelievable return when 12-11 match point down. No one in the hall could understand how he got it back and from there David’s confidence increased by playing a great serve and an attacking back hand winner to take the match level again at 4-4.
Neil got into his stride against John by playing some great returns using the width of the table wisely and won in straight sets. This put the West Lothian Team 5-4 up and for the second week running David was involved in the crucial final match.
It was the battle of the two David’s. Some great play by both players seen two very tight opening with Haddington’s David taking them 11-9 and 12-10. This gave Haddington’s man of the match on the night the confidence to close out the third set 11-6 and tie the match at 5-5
Another great match in a division that throws up a lot of close matches.