The first visitors of the season saw the arrival of Crewe Vagrants and what a tie it was!
Andy Whipp was out of the blocks playing Lewis Anderson – runner up in the English U19 Championships this year and winner of the Dutch U19 Junior Open in 2018 (Top). It was all out from the start. Andy took the first and third games and Lewis taking the second and fourth games with nothing much between them. Could the 38-year-old keep pace with the 18-year-old? In a tight fifth game, Andy managed to use all his match craft to edge ahead and win 11-8 which was the widest margin of any of the games. A fantastic performance by both players which was much appreciated by the home crowd.
The match on court 6 was slightly over-shadowed by the what was happening on the show court which was a shame because Ameel Talib was putting up a gritty fight against Paul Chapman (Below Left). The first two games were very close with Ameel playing with confidence and winning 15-13 and 12-10. After that, the contest was over and Ameel ran out the winner 11-4 in the third.
This was followed by Rob Taylor against Adam Lavis and was another close fought contest (Above Right). Honours were even after the first two games. Rob bounced back and took the third in a game which was a times slightly physical. Having secured this, the last game was much more of a formality.
Meanwhile Adam Taylor was making his first appearance of the season up against Ollie Hudson (Below Left). Again the first two games were shared between the players. Adam took the third 11-3 and appeared to be in command. But then he seemed to lose his way and Ollie took the fourth with the same score. Now Adam’s shots were going down all to often and Ollie took the final game 4-11. Adam will be disappointed to let that one slip.
Last on were the number ones: Rob Downer versus Lewis Walters (Above Right). Lewis represented Jamaica in the Commonwealth Games losing in the third round to Cameron Pilley. As we come to expect, Robs’ games are always hugely entertaining and action packed. This was no exception. The eventual score line does the match no justice. The rallies were long and hard throughout and the court was peppered with sweat. History will record that Rob won in three games taking the last 12-10 but the fact that the crowd was thrilled to the end says it all.
The win puts Warrington provisionally top of the table with the result of the Grove Park match is yet to be posted.