PSL Round 10. Olli puts up a jolly good fight…

PSL Round 10. Olli puts up a jolly good fight…

PSL St Georges V Chichester: Final round

For the final match of the PSL season Chichester travelled to St George’s Hill, Weybridge.   The home team, needed just 16 points from this match to establish a place in the semi-final play offs.  Team Chichester, however, was determined to make St. George’s work hard for every point.

Amy Jones, for Chichester, found the going tough as she played Dominique Lloyd Walter but, she showed improvements in her fitness and played extremely well to take the former WR18 to 3 close games losing 11/6, 14/12, 11/8;  1 up for St George’s.

Chichester’s Kyle Finch [WR13

 

9], meanwhile, was putting in a sterling performance against St George’s Dutch player, Dylan Bennett.   Finch dominated the first 2 games, 4/9, 9/11 before getting off to a bad start in the 3rd and eventually lost the game 11/8.  In the fourth, however, he regained the momentum and ran out an 11/4 (1.3) winner to level the match.

Tim Vail, for Chichester, was up against an in-form Tom Richards, WR34 and runner-up in the recent Wimbledon Club Open.   In the first game Vail showed glimpses of his enviable skills but Richards’ pace and speed proved too much for him to control and he lost that game 11/7.   Richards continued in the same vein and ran out 11/2, 11/4 winner to put St George’s 2.1 up

Next on court Miles Jenkins (WR166) played against St. George’s Carlos Cornes [ESP:WR122] and started well in an even first game.   J

 

enkins played the big points admirably and took it 9/11.  Cornes replied well, hitting hard and tight, to take the second.   He continued in the third and built up a 10/6 lead before faltering and Jenkins fought

 

back to 10/11.  Cornes, nonetheless, was resolute and finally closed it out 13/11.   The fourth was more of the same; an even contest with good hard hitting from Cornes and a mix of pace from Jenkins.   Corn

 

es converted his 1st attempt at match ball to win the fourth 11/6 to give St George’s an unassailable 3.1 lead.

Finally, Olli Pett faced the World No.1, Mohamed ElShorbagy, and Pett played the game of his life. St George’s needed just one point from Mohamed ElShorbagy and the World No.1, and World Champion, as expected, delivered as he took the opening game.  The match, however, was far from over and Pett put in a stunning performance.

Pett matched ElShorbagy in every department and, at times, completely out played him.  Pett’s skill and speed around the court, and reading of the game

, was equal to the World No1. The only difference, in the end, was physical fitness, with ElShorbagy having

 

the edge.   The match went all the way to a fifth game with Pett continually pushing and fighting for every point to the end.   He narrowly lost it 11/7; a fantastic performance from Pett.

St Georges now go through to the semi finals for the sixth time.