Hatton 15-3 Border Reivers
Andrew Dowlen-Gilland 0-3 Malcolm Mitchell
Sir Andrew found he was chasing this game from the off, Malcolm was straight out the blocks and took a 4-0 lead fairly quickly. Sir Andrew was just a wee bit too slow and Mitchell rattled off the points and won the first 15-5. Although Sir Andrew had the shots and the knowhow, this seemed to be a low key performance for the Reivers veteran. Sir Andrew just didn’t seem to have the right movement and kept getting himself in a twist, Mitchell had a focussed performance and took the next games 15-8, 15-7.
Del Sharratt 0-3 Nick Tinning
The 15-9, 15-11, 15-9 scoreline flattered Tinning a bit in this game, this was a more exciting match, Tinning seemed to have the knack of keeping Sharratt behind him and therefore dominated most of the rallies. It was the odd lapse of concentration from Sharratt that meant his normal safe shots didn’t find the target and Tinning would pounce and kill the ball. This made it 2-0 to Hatton.
Pat Spence 0-3 John Miller
This was another 3-0 victory for Hatton; Spence was a bit fatigued having travelled around the country on business for most of the day and this hindered his movement slightly and Miller, although not particularly quick himself mastered his footwork and moved smoothly around the court. Spence gave a goo showing and found the corners with a lot of his shots but Miller won 15-8, 15-6, 15-7.
Amir Hosny 0-3 Milan Govan
This was a fantastic match up, this was a fast speedy performance from the players, neither player really pulled away and Govan just had that wee bit of Luck that meant most 50/50 rallies ended in his favour. Hosny’s forte was sending Govan to the back of the court and had great length on his shots, but Hosny’s lack of killer edge at the front meant Govan could capitalise and it was close at 15-11, 15-13, 15-10.
Tony Elliot 3-0 Alan Love
Tony Elliot mad this look ease, but it was a tight tussle. Love, who hadn’t lost at home all season oozed confidence but Tony showed his prowess around the court and some great reaces and counter attacks from Tony were the main difference. Tony found when he reached the front court forehand drops that Alan couldn’t handle his fast cross court returns and this got several points for Tony. Tony won the Borderers only points of the match with 15-7, 15-13, 15-10.
Captain Sharratt Said afterwards “this is our biggest defeat of the season, Hatton had a strong strong team and it’s obvious why they are top of the league. This was always going to be a tough game but hopefully this spurs us on for the remainder of the season and we can bounce back with a win at Abercorn next week.