TEAM CHICHESTER v WELSH WIZARDS: Round 8
Team Chichester welcomed the Welsh Wizards, who travelled up from Cardiff, to Chichester Racquets & Fitness Club to play the 8th round of the PSL season. In the first half of the season the Welsh Wizards defeated Team Chichester 0.5. This time the City home Club looked to make amends.
First on court, Chichester’s Miles Jenkins, and WR179, played Emyr Evans [WR115]. A fantastic all court encounter took place on the glass-back championship court. Both played with great touch and with innovative use of the lob. Jenkins took the first game 11/8. Evans, with great retrieving, relentlessly fought back to take the second 8/11. In the third game Evans built up a 3/7 lead, but Jenkins obstinately kept himself in the game. He forced errors from the Welshman and eventually the match was decided on a tie-break, which Evans snatched 10/12.
Next on court, Chichester’s Alison Thomson [WR73] faced the current British Champion and WR10, Tesni Evans. This was always going to be a tough match for Alison, but she equipped herself very well. She played a very good game with some excellent retrieving and a ‘never say die’ attitude. Alison certainly extended Tesni but the Wizard player showed her class, when the games became tight, and won the match 8/11, 7/11.
Chichester’s Kyle Finch followed on to play Elliott Morris-Devred [WR246]. Morris-Devred played with some great athletic movement around the court but this was not enough to stop an inspired Finch. Finch threw caution to the wind and hit shot after shot in a breath-taking performance to win the match 12/10, 11/8.
The number one strings were next on court. Mathieu Castagnet [WR26], for Team Chichester played Edmon Lopez [WR61]. From the outset the match was played at a fierce pace and Lopez forged to a 1.6 lead. Castagnet resolutely upped the pace and only dropped one more point to win the first game 11/7. He continued in the same manner in the second until Lopez started chipping away at the lead until he forced a tie-break to win it 10/12. In the third decider Castagnet re-asserted himself and gained a big lead which he, stubbornly, didn’t relinquish to win it 11/5. 2-all and down to the wire.
Chichester’s Tim Vail, who is the current British O35 Open Champion, played Peter Creed WR62 and winner of the Welsh National for the eighth time last March. This was another match that went all the way. Creed’s pace and tempo was a key factor in making Vail react quicker and, with good straight hitting he took the first game 7/11. Vail mixed the pace in the second and used the lob well to forced errors from Creed. Vail won the game 11/6. Could this be Vail’s chance to magic a win? In the third Creed took an early lead and, despite a valiant fight from Vail, Creed held on to take it 6/11. 2.3 to the Welsh Wizards.
The next home match is on Tuesday, March 19th against Coolhurst. Tickets: 01243 785664.