Welsh Wizards v Team Chichester: Round 3
Team Chichester travelled to Cardiff, for round 3 of the PSL, to take on the Welsh Wizards and Team Chichester hoped for its first win of the season.
With all matches the best of 3, not 5, Chichester’s WR38 Amanda Landers-Murphy, making her debut for the squad, took on WR9 Tesni Evans. Evans, the British Champion, and at the top of her game, was solid throughout. Murphy, however, showed glimpses of her class but she struggled to maintain a good length, due to Evans’ pressure and all-round intensity. Evans took the match 2-0.
Miles Jenkins, on the adjoining court, was playing David Evans, a former British Open Champion and world number 3. Jenkins got off to a good start, to 1/4, before Evans warmed up and began to work his way back. It was nip and tuck from then on with Evans playing the big
points well to take the 1st game 11/9. There was more of the same in the 2nd with Jenkins working hard to cover Evans’ great holds and deception. This time Jenkins played the big points better and closed out the game 9/11. In the 3rd Evans established a good lead with his all-round court craft and, despite
a late fight back from Jenkins, Evans closed it out 11-9 to put the Welsh Wizards 2-0 up.
The next two matches on court were Ollie Pett versus Mazen Gamal, WR61, and Tim Vail played Elliott Morris. Pett started well and, although coming back from injury and not quite back to full fitness, took the 1st 9/11. From them on Gamal’s hard hitting began to take its toll on Pett and he won the next two, 11/4, 11/4 to give the Welsh team an unassailable 3.0 lead.
In the first game, Chichester’s Vail struggled to find his form against Elliott Morris Devred and Morris won it 11/8. Some errors crept into Morris’ game in the second and Vail took full advantage to snatch it 8/11. Morris, nonetheless, proved too solid and eventually took th
e match 11/9.
Chichester’s Omar Abdel Mequid [WR47] started well in the final match against WR50 Peter Creed. He was moving very well and hitting all 4 corners; he was rewarded w
ith a comfortable 5/11 win. Could he now put Chichester on the scoresheet? Creed began to focus and battled well to get back into the match. The referee was kept busy with some movement issues by both players, but Creed maintained control and won the next two games, 11/5, 11/6, to give Welsh Wizards a 5-0 victory.
The next two matches are within 5 days of each other, away to Coolhurst on Friday 30th November and at home to RAC on Tuesday 4th December. Tickets are on sale for the RAC match; 01243 785664.