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.”