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Table Toppers put to Sword

Border Reivers 18-2 Grange 5s.
The Border Reivers took full points against runaway league leaders Grange 5’s. this was a fantastic performance in all matches from the Borderers as their winning streak is now 7-in a row.
Grange 5s brought a strong team down inc. former club champion Christy Looby, but the Borderers fought valiantly and took the scalp fairly straightforwardly.
Matches
Pat Spence 3-1 Tom Crawley (9-15, 15-13, 15-10, 15-6)
Jordan Reid 3-0 Christy Looby (15-10, 15-5, 15-9)
Graeme Gillie 3-1 Robert Koenig (8-15, 15-11, 15-10, 15-12)
Adam McKay 3-0 Steven Thomas (15-10, 15-9, 15-8)
Tony Elliot 3-0 Duncan Cleat (15-13, 15-10, 15-2)

Another Victory for the Reivers

Border Reivers 15-3 Waverley 4s

 

Del Sharratt 0-3 Dan Makharinsky

Waverley started the match with full points, putting them in a buoyant mood for the rest of the ties.  Althouth Del didn’t really do anything wrong, Dan just seemed to do it better.  But Del’s main downfall was the crucial points he gave away in each game just from serving out, this went 15-11, 15-11, 15-8 in Waverley 4s favour.

 

Graham Gillie 3-0 Alex Ross

Graham Gillie has cemented himself as a regular in the Reivers line-up now as he remains unbeaten with 6 wins in 6 games.  Gillie, dubbed “Ronnie”, by the Squash Club uses his unorthodox style of swapping the racket from his right hand to his left hand during rallies to win most points – as Ronnie O’Sullivan is famous for in snooker!  Ross couldn’t get to grips with this as Gillie rarely played a backhand shot and Gillie romped through this one 15-9, 15-9, 15-13.

 

Iain Laing 3-0 Werner Kittell

Laing was a bit nervous going into this one as Kittell boasted a decorated squash career and now plays in the Masters Circuit in the over 60s up and down the country.  But Kittell wasn’t his usual self in this game, and didn’t enjoy the cold courts at Galashiels as his home courts at Waverley are arguably the hottest in the league!  But it just didn’t work out for Kittell in this one and Laing came out all guns blazing, this was a fairly straight forward 15-2, 15-6, 15-6 for Laing to take the Borderers to a 2-1 Lead.

 

Adam McKay 3-0 Akash Chopra

This one wasn’t quite as straight forward as the score suggests, Chopra made McKay work for the points in this one – but the experienced McKay would change his game and vary tactics to keep Chopra from reading the game.  This game boasted the best rallies and McKay took it 15-9, 15-4, 5-10.  This won the match for Reivers 3-1 in rubbers.

 

Tony Elliot 3-0 Gordon Scott

The Battle of the top seeds was a repeat of the said tie in the first leg at Waverley – but the result was the same – A convincing 3-0 win for Elliot.  Tony Elliot remains unbeaten this season with only Tyne 2’s Shane Pressley taking a game off him.  Scott started off meaning business and tried t omatch Elliot for shots and movement but he eventually ran out of puff and ideas, Elliot won 15-10, 15-3, 15-5.

 

Reivers Captain Sharratt said “That was a convincing victory! We are currently on 6 wins in a row and my squad are full of confidence.  We welcome the current runaway leaders down to Gala next – Grange 5s and they have quality throughout their line-up so none of us will have an easy game.  I’d expect close matches from 1-5.  Elliot, McKay and Gillie have unbeaten records to defend so we will certainly be up for the match!”

Scalp for The Reivers

Linlithgow 3s 7-12 Border Reivers

Abhishek Kumar 3-0 Del Sharratt
Sharratt rued his poor serves in this match. In every game Sharratt gave 3-4 vital points away just from serving out, this gave the momentum to Kumar and meant Sharratt just couldn’t string a run of points together. Once past the serve Sharratt generally gave as good as he got but Kumar took this in 3 games 15-9, 15-8, 15-8.

Lyle Black 1-3 Jordan Reid
This was a difficult match to follow as both players played for lets and strokes and several times the referee had to stop the flow of play to sort out interference from the opposition. The rallies were messy and both players had great court coverage and speed but the shots were rather random and luck played into this more than skill. But despite a marathon first game 21-19 to Black, Reis then won 15-11, 15-12, 15-12 for the victory.

Charlie Patrick 0-3 Graeme Gillie
Gillie has been an excellent find for the Reivers as his East League record is played 5 won 5! Gillie is another player who boasts great speed about the court, but Gillie’s shots are more controlled and was maybe rather fortunate to win by 3-0 as Patrick will feel he should have got something from the game. 15-13, 15-11, 15-12 for Gillie.

John Smith 3-0 Pat Spence
A cracking exhibit of squash, now at the Business end of the teams the skill and movement of both players was evident, Smith has an unbeaten record against the Reivers; but was caught out by Spence’s trademark deceptive shots where he seems to turn the ball in the other direction at the last minute. But smith knew he had to win to keep Linlithgow in the hunt and he duly complied with 15-11, 15-12, 15-11.

Adam King 0-3 Tony Elliot
With the match tied at 2-2 in rubbers, it all came down to this match up. The pressure was on and both players made a cagey start trying to conserve energy and not give too much away. But this match was another one sided affair as Elliot triumphed 15-6, 15-5, 15-8 to take the Victory for the Border Reivers.

Border Reivers Captain Del Sharratt said “Wow, that was a scalp! Linlithgow 3s have been in top 2-3 of the league all season and we didn’t expect to come away with the victory. We are now on 5 wins in a row and with two home ties coming up There’s no reason why we can’t keep out run going, and hopefully climb the table.”

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.”

Grange beat Reivers

Grange 5 15-4 Border Reivers

 

Darren Quinn 0-3 Alfredo Iavocone

Alfredo hit form at the right time for Grange 5s; the City Slickers form has been patchy of late but he brought his A game to the table against the Borderer Quinn. Quinn’s mind just didn’t seemed to be on other things as he just couldn’t get into a rhythm, Iavocone took this rather straightforwardly in the end 15-3, 15-5, 15-3

 

Alan Hepburn 1-3 Mike Gore

This was a pretty evenly matched game in all aspects, as both players were the same size, build, age and had similar styles. Hepburn was making his first appearance after a long injury lay off and found his movement rather hampered; Hepburn relied on tight shots to score points as he wasn’t yet at full fitness. Hepburn was serving for the game at 14-13 in the first but some shrewd boasts by Gore meant the Grange player took it 17-15, the second game was just as close, it seemed to swing one way then the other; a comment from the spectators was “it’s like watching twins playing”. The remaining game were close but Gore just sneaked it at the right time as they went 15-13, 12-15, 15-11 to Grange.

 

Graham Bensted 0-3 Harry Grenwood

15-10, 15-10, 15-8 was how the match went in Grange 5s favour. Greenwood is a highly skilful player and normally plays further up the order. Bensted has a fast and hard shot and used this to good effect to reel off sevral points but ultimately Greenwood had the more skilful game and better movement and took this – a far closer encounter than the 3-0 score suggests!

 

Del Sharrattt 0-3 Stephen Thomas

This was another close match up; but once again the rub of the green went the way of Grange 5. Thomas was trying to play the ball to Left handed Sharratt’s back hand hoping that it was his weaker hand. But most of Sharratt’s back hand returns yielded success. When there was rallies it was Thomas that would keep control and boss the rallies and Sharratt found it difficult to move Thomas about. tHis was 15-10, 15-12, 15-4 to Thomas

 

Tony Elliot 3-0 Finlay Halton

15yo Finlay Halton was the top seed for Grange 5 and he was the youngest opponent Elliot has faced this season. Tony Elliot won 15-11, 15-9, 15-13 but in Tony’s own words – “This was the toughest match I have had this season, if it had went to 4 or 5 games he would have motored away”. Halton just wouldn’t stop running and it’s great to see a junior player of this standard in the East Leagues, it bodes well for the future.

 

Gala Captain Del Sharratt said “We don’t seem to travel well this season, in our 8 game so far we are unbeaten at home but haven’t won away from home. Tonight the rub of the green just went against us in all the rubbers, I anticipate a different story in the return leg in March.

Wave Away Victory

Waverley 4s 13-7 Border Reivers

 

The Border Reivers lost a close one at Waverley squash Club, this match is developing into a bit of a friendly rivalry as both teams seem to win the home tie against the other.

Graham Bensted got the Borderers off to a good start with a 3-1 victory over Callum Henning (7-15, 15-8, 15-6, 15-6). The Reivers only other victory was top seed Tony Elliot as he beat Gordon Scott 3-0, Scott started fast and looked threatening in the first game as he pushed Elliot to 16-14 but Elliot ran off 15-3 15-7 in the remaining games. An out of sort Iain Laing lost 3-1 to ed Granville; Iain Laing seemed a bit more off the pace than normal and the match was 12-15, 15-11, 15-2, 15-5, Granville got better and better as the game went on.

 

The other games were 3-0 victories to Waverley Stuart Johnston 3-0 Del Sharratt and Alex Ross 3-0 Pat Spence.

Tyne Triumph

Tyne District 2s 16-5 Border Reivers

 

Andrew Dowlen-Gilland 0-3 Raymond Jeffries

15-9, 15-13, 15-10 to the Tyne 2s opener. Sir Andrew seemed a bit rusty, having been abroad for a few weeks this was the Borderer’s first match for nearly a month and the cobwebs were evident. This should have been a good 5-set thriller but Sir Andrew was half a yard slower than his usual self and Jeffries was on form. It was maybe down to fatigue but the referee found himself busy having to call several strokes and lets as the players were getting in each others way. A good 3 points for the Haddington Club to open with

 

Graham Bensted 0-3 Richard Lockhart

Although Bensted was a mainstay in the Reivers team last season, this match represented his debut fixture for the season. Bensted has a fast hard serve, but Lockhart didn’t let it phase him and controlled the match throughout; not too many spectacular rallies but basic squash won through in this for 15-5, 15-3, 15-8 for Tyne 2’s no. 4 seed

 

Del Sharratt 0-3 Andy Stafford

Del found the going tough in this match, Sharrat normally a fourth or fifth seed player had to step upto no. 3 due to call offs.Del couldn’t be faulted for effort and determination, the first game seen some decent rallies but Tyne’s Stafford just managed to keep the ball tighter to the walls to take it 15-7.In the second Andy seemed to switch up a gear and Del was sent to every corner of the court, Andy stayed focussed and took it 15-12.In the third Del found his length and enjoyed some prolonged control but the Tyne squasher just seemed to have the edge and took the third 15-9.

 

Pat Spence 2-3 Gordon Hamilton

Spence seemed to be on the back foot from the start, Hamilton was quick out the blocks and seemed dominant as Spence had no answer for any of Hamiltons shots, Tyne took a 15-8, 15-6 lead fairly quickly and seemed cruising. But Spence has a good squash brain and he played to Hamiltons weaknesses and kept the ball tight to bring himself back into the tie with 15-12, 16-14 for 2-2. The fifth game didn’t seem to live upto the billing though, Spence made several unforced errors and his shots were just sneaking onto the tin or the out of court line and this meant Hamilton took it 3-2 with 15-9.

 

Tony Elliot 3-1 Shane Presslet

Ever Reliable Tony again secured a victory for Gala, Elliot, who has yet to be beaten in league 5 this season, had the edge in what was an intense tussle.

A fast start for Elliot, the higher ranked Pressley fancied taking this one but seemed to make basic errors in the first as Elliot took it convincingly 15-5. The second game Pressley seemed to switch on and although Elliot pummelled shots from corner to Corner, Pressley reached them and the skill in this game was amazing, Pressley managed to hold on with some deft drop shots to win 16-14. But Elliot commanded the rest of the match and Pressley was sent round the court and tired quiker than Elliot. The Reivers no. 2 took the games 15-11, 15-9.

 

Gala Captain Sharratt said afterwards Haddington’s Tyne District 2s are a new team, but we have encountered some of their players in previous seasons. Tony once again was the star of the show and this was one of the strongest opponent’s he will face this season. Tony has pulled a muscle in his leg and is a doubt for next weeks match vs Linlithgow 3s; so it may be a tough ask to win next week.

Whiewash for the Borderers

Border Reivers 18-0 Heriot Watt 4s

The Border Reivers got a Whitewash in all the rubbers in this match; Tony Elliot beat Ali Hill, Iain Laing beat ben Shepherd, Pat Spence beat Stuart Graves-Morris and Sir Andrew beat Javier Calderon – all 3-0 victories. Captain Del Sharratt scored a 3-0 Default victory as Heriot Watts fifth player called off.

Sir Andrew and Javier had the closest game, 15-9, 15-13, 15-11. Javier was scoring points when he was making the veteran Sir Andrew run about the court but Sir Andrews game was just too good and he won the points when it matteed.

Sharratt sad “This is a good victory for the Reivers, it’s the first 18-0 result in East League 5 this season and fills us with confidence going into the break before next weeks match against Abercorn, Abercorn have got one of the best players I the League in their ranks so this one will not be as straight forward.”

Not so Xciting for Reivers

Craigshill Xcite 15-4 Border Reivers

The Borderers had a night to forget as they journeyed upto Livingston for the latest East of Scotland League Match. Having bagged a good victory last week at home, they were quietly confident of taking something from this one.

Darren Quinn, Gary Bramble and Del Sharratt all went down 3-0 to Brian Campbell, Steve Bogan and John Taylor respectively; the Reivers just weren’t at the races in these ties as Xcite seemed quicker, fitter and more consistent.

Indeed it wasn’t until the 2nd seeds took to court before the Reivers got any games on the board. This was thanks to Pat Spence, who got a single point in a 3-1 defeat to Phil Brown Spence wasn’t quite at his usual prowess but brown wasn’t quite firing on all cylinders either but the Xcite man kept his nerve and won some tight games 15-6, 16-14, 10-15, 15-8.

The Border Reivers other points were won by Tony Elliot who chalked up a 3-0 victory against Iain McIver. Tony was n control from the start, and although McIver showed glimpses of coming back into the game Tony would always have that extra yard and take the rallies when it matters. This was 15-11, 15-10, 15-4 in Tonys favour.

 

“I don’t know what went wrong tonight” said Reivers Captain Sharratt, “We were raring to go her but we all just had a bad night at the same time; we will just have to go over this at the club and get focussed for our match next week. We are at home next week so hopefully we can make Home Advantage count.”