On May 12th Hart Squash first team paid a visit to Charters, the perennial winners of both the Summer and Winter competitions, but we planned to make life very difficult for them.
Paul took on Adrian Hayward at 5 and breezed to a 3-0 win. However the first was a reasonably tight game, only made easier when Paul realised he needed to drop the ball short and the next 2 were significantly more comfortable.
At 3, Ash took the first game against Jamie by playing it fast and volleying. It was looking good, but he could not maintain the momentum and Jamie came back to win the next 3.
At the same time young Jayden was taking on Mike at 4, an awkward player of the first order (putting it nicely). This match was key to the overall result and at 2~1 down it was not looking good for Jayden but he maintained his cool, continued to play quality squash and gradually wore Mike down. The outcome was a fantastic 3~2 win against the odds.
Next on was Stefan against Hayden. Stefan was playing a very high pace, and winning a number of nicks and producing sumptuous drop shots – but his opponent matched him and took the first. It should have been 1~1 but Stefan took his foot off the gas and Hayden nicked the second. Into the 3rd and Stefan went back to a strong attacking game which paid dividends but hayden closed out the match in the 4th to level the match score at 2~2.
All down to the first string match and Alex making his debut took on James. He was always in control, taking each game 11~8, giving Hart a famous victory – leaving the team top of the Berkshire League (after 2 games), looking down on the rest and Charters in the unheralded and unexpected position of 3rd.