Wigan were the hosts for last Tuesday’s Division 1 contest.
Opening for the home side was Paul McDonald versus Ameel Talib. It was a close first game with both players having chances to win (Below). Paul just clinched it, 12:10. Ameel was not really in the second game but the third was better. Unfortunately for the Warrington supporters who made the trip north, Paul, who was visibly tiring, made a couple of good shots to secure the match 3:0. If Ameel had won that game, the outcome could well have been different.
Meanwhile Nat Fairhurst took on Andy Whipp (Above). The former Warrington player has continued to improve and has developed a more attacking style. This meant that Andy did not have it all his own way. But he stuck to his task, chased the ball down and forced Nat into errors. It was the same in each game, and Andy ran out the winner in three.
Next up was Paul Thomas against Emily Whitlock. After losing her opening two matches, Emily has found her form and comfortably won her last game. This week she was sharp from the beginning. She was simply too mobile and accurate for Paul to deal with. Winning a competitive first game, she then began to assert herself on the match and comfortably won the next two (Below).
Mike McDonald was on next playing Adam Taylor (Above). Adam cruised in to a 2:0 lead with Mike not being able to read Adam’s shots. He won one outrageous rally, playing the ball between his legs while facing the back wall to hit a nick. Incredible! But then, as we have seen before, he lost his concentration. Mike took full advantage of the missed shots and fought back to two all. In the fifth game, Adam managed to regain some rhythm and did just enough to win the match.
Finally, Taminder Gata Aura faced Joel Makin, no doubt with some trepidation having stepped in for Patrick Rooney. Joel may not have the extraordinary shots of some of the Egyptian stars, but he makes up for this with his physical presence on court. His speed to the ball and all-round error free game is awesome to watch. Tight is not good enough against Joel. It has to be perfect. Taminder did his best but, when you are under so much pressure from Joel’s pace, it is very hard to achieve that level of accuracy. Joel swiftly put him out of his misery in 3 games (Top and Below).
Warrington won the tie 17:5. But those 3 points dropped proved costly, as Grove Park won 19:7 despite losing one match also. So, Grove Park go top by one point. Next Tuesday it is Alderley Edge at home where a top haul of points are needed while Grove Park are away to The Northern.