Tyne District 12-6 Gala
Harvey Kane 0-3 Dylan Pearman
12yo Pearman made it 2 victories out of 2 against Gala with a stunning performance against Gala debutant Kane. It seemed like Dylan could run about all day and was full of energy, Dylan commanded the match from the start and ran away 15-10, 15-0, 15-6.
Josh Bain 2 (w/d)-0 Iain Laing (2-3)
Bain had been commanding this game, and although took a 2-0 lead it was closer than the score suggests; but early in the third game Bain just twisted too much and pulled a muscle in his leg, he hit the floor like a sack of tatties and had to withdraw from the match. The match then was awarded as 3-2 to Iain Laing.
Ruaridh Kohler 0-3 Gordon Hamilton
Ruaridh found the going tough in this match, Ruaridh normally a squas plkayer at no.5 had to step upto no. 3 due to call offs.
Ruaridh couldn’t be faulted for effort and determination, th first game seen some decent rallies but Tyne’s Hamilton just managed to keep the ball tighter to the walls to take it 15-9.
In the second Gordon seemed to switch up a gear and Ruaridh was sent to every corner of the court, Gordon stayed focussed and took it 15-2.
In the third Ruaridh found his length and enjoyed some prolonged control but the Tyne squasher just seemed to have the edge and took the third 15-9.
Del Sharratt 0-3 Nigel Pearman
Del was up against it in this tie, Pearman was normally the Haddington Clubs top seed and Del was usually in at 3-4 for Gala. Del gave a good account of himself; in the first game each player seemed to rattle off several points on the trot 4-0, 4-4, 8-4, 8-9, but in the end Pearmans skill shone through and he won the first 15-10.
The second game Pearman used textbook back-back-front to tire Sharratt out and although Sharratt read the shots well, Pearmans shots were too fast and tight and Del couldn’t return them, 15-4 to Tyne.
In the third Pearman seemed to let his racket drop a bit, some key shots finding the tin and it meant Del was getting into the game. Del enjoyed commanding the rallies for most of this but again Pearman’s skill meant he knew where the corners were and took it 15-11 for 3-0.
Tony Elliot 3-1 Chris Dixon
Ever Reliable Tony again secured a victory for Gala, Elliot, who has yet to be beaten in league 5, had the edge in what was an intense tussle.
A usual slow start for Tony, as Tyne’s Dixon won the first 15-13. Both these players knew how to hit the ball and there were several long rallies tight up and down the wall and the squash was top drawer. This was a closely contested match and after the 215-13 in the first the games went 12-15, 17-15 as there was nothing to separate the players.
In the fourth game Dixon was slowing his serves down but Tony clocked this and kept the pace of the game high and Dixon just faded towards the end with Tony triumphing 15-8.
Gala Captain Sharratt said afterwards Tyne have a strong team, and Dylan is one for the future. With the exception of Tony, this was a reserve team for Gala and it was a respectable score considering our line up.
I’ve got some of my big Guns back for next week, home against Waverley 4 and I will be disappointed if we don’t secure victory in that tie