The 1st team’s undefeated record has gone, beaten in a an injury plagued match with Crewe Vagrants 1. But that is to take nothing away from Crewe – they had a strong side and they played well.
First up was Adam Taylor playing Ollie Hudson. Adam won the first game but during the second he landed heavily on his heel. From then on his mobility steadily deteriorated and Ollie won the next two games. Only Adam’s fine stroke play saved him in the fourth game, but Ollie won out in the fifth with Adam clearly struggling. Next up was Andy Whipp facing Jan van den Herrewegen. Andy put up a good fight, but ultimately Jan was too strong for an 80% fit player to cope with – 2 down. On the other court, Nat Fairhurst started what turned out to a battle of epic proportions. Such were the length of the rallies, it took well over an hour to defeat Dan Bradley 3-1. Both players were completely exhausted by the time the match ended.
Back on the main court, it was the juicy prospect of Wan Adnan against Declan James ranked 40 in the World to Wan’s 29. It did not disappoint. Declan won the first game: Wan pulled back. Declan won the next and again Wan pulled back. In the fifth game, some scintillating rallies took the score to 8-8 when Wan half tripped over Declan’s leg and stumbled on to his racket, winding himself in the process. A 3-mute injury break was called before play resumed. Wan found a little more pace and Declan missed a couple of shots when not really under pressure to concede the victory to Wan in the final game.
While this was going on, Alex Hodgetts was on the second court with Nathan Cole. In a see-sawing match, Alex won the third game 11-0 to take a 2-1 lead. He then promptly lost the fourth game to the same score, now 2 all. In the fifth, Alex had 4 match points but, with the help of the crowd, Nathan weathered the storm to sneak victory 13-11, giving Crewe victory in the tie, 3-2.
At home, the 2nd team also went down to a strong Bowden 1.
On Thursday, there were wins for 4th, 6th and 7th teams and the 8th team had a W/O. The 3rd team lost away to Brooklands 1 and the 5th team match was marred by an incident which is still being investigated by the League.
So in the end, there was disappointment for Warrington in a tie that could have easily gone the other way. Now only 10 points separate the top 4 teams.