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Not so Xciting match

Craigshill Xcite 18-2 Border Reivers

 

Darren Quinn 0-3 Robin Nisbet

Darren Quinn answered the SOS from Captain Sharratt as the Reivers were one player short. This was Quinn’s first game for the team this season and came up against an experienced campaigner in Nisbet. Nisbet has played league squash for over 15 years and had the measure of the younger Reivers man. Quinn never gave up and couldn’t be faulted for effort but Experience won through in this one and Robin Nisbet ran off 15-7, 15-3, 15-5.

 

Del Sharratt 1-3 Craig Baxter

Sharratt got Reivers first point of the night, but also found the going tough. Baxter boasted a p3 w3 record against the Borderers. Sharratt just couldn’t find consistent length in his shots; whenever Del got the ball passed Craig he would win the rally but more often than not the ball stopped short and Craig Baxter would be all over it. Baxter seemed to be nursing a thigh strain but despite Sharratt trying to send him round the court the loose balls made it relatively easy for the Xcite man to return. This went in Baxters favour 15-4, 15-5, 13-15, 15-9.

 

Pat Spence 0-3 John Taylor

This was a repeat of last seasons top seed fixture – thet time Spence won out 3-2. But it’s amazing how effective Home Advantage can be at Squash as John Taylor seemed to have the better of the match this time. Taylor has a very unorthodox style; and this distracted Spence enough as Spence would try to Second Guess Taylor but it wasn’t the way to win and a few key misses from the Borders Stalwart meant this time the tie went Xcites way 15-8, 15-11, 15-13.

 

Amir Hosny 1-3 Phil Brown

Brown was another who, like Nisbet has been around the East Leagues for many years. Although Hosny is fairly new to the League he was extremely fast and skilful. This was a titanic tussle as some rallies were 20-30 shots and both players excelled in retrieving the ball no matter where it was placed. A niggle in the groin hampered Amir a bit – indeed enough to slow his movement and this meant Brown took the match in a close fought 17-15, 15-6, 11-15, 15-13.

 

Tony Elliot 0-3 Albeer Mahmood

Tony’s reputation in the league preceded him – as Mehmood was drafted in by Xcite for this particular match. Mehmood though was a standard above the rest of the players, and even the usually victorious Tony Elliot couldn’t live with him. Mehmood has qualified for the National Championships next year and is expected to get far! Although Tony played the squash of his life, Albeer took it 15-7, 16-14, 15-5.

 

Sharratt said “This is our biggest defeat to date, I’m a bit miffed that Mehmood was brought in just to play against us, this means the rest of the team move down a seeding. But if we want to mprove then players like that are who we strive to be like and it showa the level we Can get to if we are dedicated enough.

That’s the mid-way point of the season and although we are 6th of 13, I fancy a few wins in January and hopefully we can climb the table.”

Watt a win for Reivers

Heriot Watt 4s 7-13 Border Reivers

 

Sir Andrew 3-0 Callum Ross

The Experienced Sir Andrew mopped this tie up relatively quickly. A lot of loose shots by the young student made life a wee bit easier for the Reivers No. 5. All through the match it did seem like Sir Andrew could up a gear whenever he liked. It was won 15-4, 15-12, 15-10.

 

Del Sharratt 3-1 Ben Graham

Sharratt was battling a cold in this game and it affected his breathing and movement, The Reivers Captain found it hard to get any momentum and coughed and spluttered his way through the match. Ben Graham won the first 15-13 as Sharratt was doing just enough to keep he match close. In the second Sharratt was placing his shots to Graham’s backhand but this proved futile as back hand seemed to be Graham’s best side, Sharratt took it 15-12. The last two games were just as close, but Sharratt was eventually getting into his stride and varied his shots as Graham was good on his back hand. Sharratt took it 15-11, 15-12.

 

Zsolt Husz 3-1 Graham Bensted

Bensted came away from this match believing he should have done better. The borders Veteran didn’t do much wrong in this game, Husz just done even less wrong. It was a good match to watch, as this game boasted several long rallies and skilful squash. Both players would get to shots that would normally beat them and the quality of play was high.

The young student held on and seemed to have that extra yard of speed and Zolst Husz took this one for Heriot Watt 15-12, 10-15, 15-12, 15-9.

 

Alan Hepburn 3-0 Alex Young

Hepburn was making his debut for the Reivers in this game, and demonstrated why Club Captain Del Sharratt had called him up. Hepburn played a patient game and let Young make unforced errors. Young was missing some easy shots and got frustrated and annoyed at himself, several times Young would shout at himself and bang his racket off the wall. Hepburn won the first 15-6. The second game was closer but Young would make sever uncharacteristic mistakes and his head went down as he got annoyed at himself.

The match umpire had to give Young a conduct warning during this game for throwing his racket away twice. Young was making Hepburns life easy by beating himself mentally. This went 16-14 to Hepburn.

The third game was one-sided; Young was slightly quieter in this game but he was still snatching at his shots and had already lost to himself. Hepburn took a Debut Victory 15-3 for 3-0.

 

Pat Spence 0-3 Gregory Laplatre

Although young in years, French prodigy Laplatre had a great squash brain and played as if he’d been playing for many years. Leplatre bossed the vastly Experienced Spence, Spence was experienced enough to know to vary his shots and put some disguise in but Laplatre was too good on the night and won 15-6, 15-10, 15-5.

 

Captain Del Sharratt said “My team was depleted due to injury and illness. Pat Spence had to rearrange work plans and I had to play though a cold, we battled on though and the Team puled through and triumphed. We won this as a team as we all encouraged each other and the dedication and commitment of the players cannot be faulted. We have one more match before the Christmas break and a victory there will put us on the verge of the top 3.”