Monthly Archives: January 2020

3-in a row for Reivers

Abercorn 9-12 Border Reivers

Nick Burton 1-3 Jordan Reid
Jordan got the Reivers off to a victory with a hard fought 3-1. Jordan took the first 15-9 but the Borderer wasn’t going to have it all his own way as Burton fought valiantly in the second for a 15-13 to tie 1-1. But the more the match went on the more Jordan got into it and won the rest 15-10, 15-7.

Stewart Simpson 2-3 Graeme Gillie
Defenitely match of the night, as both players had contrasting styles, Simpson relied on skill and placement where as gillie excelled in speed and movement. Gillie powered off to 2-0 with 15-13, 15-9; but in a tight match Simpson brought it back to 2-2 with 15-12, 15-10. The decider was just as tight and another day this could have went the other way 15-12. Gillie scored another victory for the Reivers

Tom Clemens 3-0 Del Sharratt
Clemens got Abercorns first victory in this tie, the first two games seemed to be straightforward Clemens winning 15-9, 15-9. But Sharratt changed his game in the third game as Clemens wasn’t a fast hitter,Sharratt left the ball a bit later before taking the shot and this made for a better game. But Clemens JUST held on for 1-14.

Ali Fleming 3-0 Pat Spence
Spence once again ran into a young and fast opponent, and was put to the sword by the fast pace game. 15-9, 15-12,15-10. Spence prefers a more deliberate and controlled game but this was fast and packed and it favoured Fleming from the start. This made it 2-2 in rubbers and the match would be decided by the top seeds in the next match

Martin Browse 0-3 Tony Elliot
15-4, 15-3, 15-1 pretty much tells the story of this one. Browse, who had been promoted to top seed as Senga MacFie had recently picked up an injury, found the step up too difficult. Elliots reputation in league 5 meant theis was going to be a daunting experience for Browse.
Elliot took the game and the Victory for the Border Reivers.

Victory at The Oriam

Heriot Watt 4s 5-15 Border Reivers

Alex Borwell 2v3 Darren Quinn
Quinn secured his first ever victory for the Reivers, although at 2-2 Quinn felt his hamstring tight and nearly pulled out of the match, but he tried to protect his right hand side so he didn’t have to lunge much and took this game 13-15, 15-8, 13-15, 15-8, 15-7.

Jonathan Huntley 0v3 Jordan Reid
This was a straight forward victory for the Borderer, Reid was quick about the court and there wasn’t much he wasn’t reaching, this went 15-4, 15-5, 15-3.

Sajid Mohammad 0v3 Graeme Gillie
The experience of Mohammad couldn’t live upto the fitness of Gillie, although there were more rallies in this match, this was similar to the Huntley v Reid match and Gillie seemed to clean up in no time 15-3, 15-4, 15-4.

Thomas Ewen 3-0 Del Sharratt
Although Del was victorious in the previous match between these two players, in this one Del was on the tail end of a virus and still wasn’t his usual self and seemed to coast through the match. The Student won 15-13, 15-12, 15-5.

Callum Ross 0-3 Tony Elliot
Another League match down and another 3-0 victory for Tony, This was a closer game than most of the previous rubbers and Tony certainly didn’t have it All his own way. This was 15-3, 15-7, 15-8 for the Borders Top Seed.

How Xciting

Border Reivers 15-7 Craigshill Xcite

Del Sharratt 3-2 Walid Magby

Sharratt started well in this rubber going 5-2 up fairly quickly.  Sharratt’s serves were accurate from the start and several points were won with Aces.  But once Walid got the hand back, Del would find it difficult to get the ball past him and this made for a close game, but Del’s aces held out for a 15-13 triumph.  The second game seen more rallies, both players were surprised at some of the shots they were able to get to and this was a great game for spectators.  Walid won 15-12, the third game seen Del go off the boil and this coupled with Walid finding perfect length and width meant Walid took this more straightforwardly 15-6.  Del was 2-1 down but he seemed to find his mojo again as the fourth game was like the first in that Del had prowess on this serves and again took it 15-13.  The fifth game seen Del grow in confidence as he was off to a 7-1 lead before Walid started finding his game again but oi twa too late and Del took the match with 15-7.


Pat Spence 0-3 Robin Nisbet

Two Veterans of the game took to the court and this was a battle of the Squash shot rather than speed and fitness.  Spence used his customary drop shots to try to kill the ball, but Nisbet was equal to them and read the shots well as he would respond with cross court drives and although the squash was good and the match was close Nisbet just had the edge as he won 16-11, 15-9, 15-10.


Iain Laing 3-2 Iain McIver

Laing was made to work for victory in this one, this rubber threw two very similar players together and it could have gone either way.  They shared the spoils in the opening games and after some intense squash it was 1-1.  The third game seen Laing get the better of McIver; Laing used a superior squash brain and when McIver thought he hit a winner Laing was all over it.  This went 15-7 to Laing.  McIver seemed to give a big push in the fourth game and pulled out some amazing fast accurate shots to take it 15-13 to tie at 2-2. But McIver had gave his all in the match and was just chasing the game a bit in the decider as he seemed to move less freely and Laing won 15-7 to take the Reivers to a 2-1 lead.


Adam McKay 3-0 John Taylor

McKay didn’t get this all his own way even though the scores of 15-10, 15-7, 15-10 made it look easy.  McKay hasn’t played much squash of late and didn’t quite have his eye in as much as League regular Taylor.  McKay was faster and more skilful and in the end that was what won him the match 3-0.


Tony Elliot 3-0 Phil Brown

Tony kept his 100% record this season going.  Whatever Phil would do Tony would do better and Phil tried everything, different styles and different shots but Tony was just too good and clinched the match for the Reivers with this victory.


Reivers Captain Del Sharratt said “Boom, that’s the first time we have beaten Xcite.  They have a good squad and they are all  of similar quality; they came down here looking for victory in the 3,4 and 5 seed rubbers but a gallant effort from myself and Laing put pay to that.  This is a huge win for us and we goto Heriot Watt next week oozing with confidence.”

Post Christmas Blues

Dalgety Bay 2s 13-8 Border Reivers


Iain Penman 3-1 Jordan Reid

This was Reid’s Debut for the Reivers and the youngster made a good start, Reid rattled off several points off his serves and won the first 15-11.  But that proved to be the only game that Reid won as the Fifer Penman took the rest in a CLOSE fought 15-13, 15-10, 15-10.


Paul Jukes 1-3 Graeme Gillie

Gillie, is another fairly new player for the Reivers.  This give Gillie a played 2 won 2 record.  Jukes sneaked the first 15-13 and Gillie sneaked the seconds 15-12 but Jukes was flummoxed by Gillie’s unorthodox squash style as Gillie plays with BOTH hands and seldom uses a backhand.  Gillie got better the more the match went on and reeled off the remaining games 15-4, 15-9.


Alan Jones 3-0 Del Sharratt

Jones has only played a handful of games this season and Sharratt couldn’t shake off the cobwebs from the Festive break and seemed half a yard behind throughout the game.  Sharratt was chasing the game from the start and although some long rallies ensued the match was closer than the 15-8, 15-6, 15-8 scoreline suggests.



Grant Sinclair 3-1 Iain Laing

Iain Laing played some great squash and used his years of experience when playing his shots in this match.  But Sinclair seemed to be able to keep Laing at the back half of the court so won several rallies with drop shot or boasts as Laing had been pinned to the back of the court and couldn’t get to the short shots quick enough.  This was one of the better matches of the night as both players oozed experience and kept each other guessing with some trickerty.  Sinclair took it 13-15, 15-9, 18-16, 15-11.


Tony Elliot 3-0 Neil Whiteside

The ever reliable Elliot didn’t have too much trouble polishing off Whiteside in this match.  Whiteside had been undefeated this season but Elliot was a higher Calibre opponent and Whiteside just couldn’t live with the Borderer.  Tony took it 15-6, 15-6, 15-10.


Captain Del Sharratt commented “We were all a bit rusty after the Christmas break, but they are in the same boat so a lot of the games were sluggish.  Reid and Gillie are both fast, fit squash players and with a bit of coaching will be major assets to the Border Reivers.”