Team Chichester v RAC: 4.12.2018 – 5th round
Team Chichester’s final match of the first half of the 2018/2019 season was against Tradition@RAC.This 5th round was a battle between the current leaders of the League, RAC, against the bottom of the League, Team Chichester. Chichester was desperately looking for its first win of the season. Due to a clash of date with a major PSA tournament most of the world’s top players were not playing for many squads in this round. RAC, nonetheless, fielded a team that included 2 squash legends and former top 5 world ranked players. It was always going to be a tough ask for the city club. The team which Chichester fielded, however, were all looking forward to the challenge.
Chichester’s Miles Jenkins [WR183] played first, against Peter Marshall who was a former WR2 in 1994. Marshall is a legend in the squash world and is renowned for his unique double handed [back and fore] playing style. The first game was nip and tuck throughout; Jenkins forced the pace to lead 9/5 before Marshall put in a good effort to draw level. Jenkins was not going to be denied the win and once again maintained the pressure to take it 15/13. In the second Jenkins continued to dominate from the start to establish a 10/3 lead by volleying and keeping Marshall behind him. Jenkins kept his concentration and took the game 11/5 to put Chichester 1.0 up.
Next on court was Kyle Finch [WR157] and he faced former WR5, Peter Barker. The two competitors played two competitive games with free-flowing squash and both took the ball in short. Barker, however, was always a couple of points ahead and looked in control of the proceedings to wrap up a close 0.2 victory.
The ladies’ match followed and Chichester’s Alison Thomson [WR73], playing her third match for Chichester, was always going to be up against it when she went on court against Alison Waters. Waters [WR11 and a world top 10 player for several years] takes no prisoners and took control from the start. Waters’ skill and experience proved too much for Thomson and Waters won 3/11, 4/11.
Tim Vail played Ben Coleman [WR43]. Vail had a bad start and just couldn’t find his length. Coleman took full advantage of this to create a good lead in the first. Vail began to play well towards the end of the game but it was too late to halt Coleman, who unwaveringly went on to take it 7/11. The second game was closer and it was nip and tuck right the way through. Coleman’s running and retrieving kept him in the rallies and he steadily edged his way to a 7/11 win to close the match and give RAC a winning 1.3 lead.
Finally, Ollie Pett played WR24, Daryl Selby. Two very entertaining all-court games ensued. Both players mixed short and long with an abundance of brilliant deft touches and skill thrown in. Selby just had the edge but a series of tins from Pett in the second game resulted in him narrowly losing out 7/11, 6/11.
1.4 to RAC.