With players away at the Canary Wharf Classic and some late unavailability, the team had to rely on support from the 2nd team this week. There was good crowd to watch it unfold. They were not disappointed.
It could easily have been a match lost but, in the end, it was a fine victory. Adam Taylor was on first against James Pickles (Top and Below). Adam was in good form – not his most flamboyant self - but enough for a straightforward 3-0 win. On Court 6, Carlton Oldham took on Mike Potter at 4th string (Below). He just won a close first game 12-10. Mike responded strongly in the next two games forcing errors from Carlton. It was not looking good but then, out of nowhere, Carlton regained his confidence and levelled the match 2-2. This seemed to spur him on, and he took the fifth game rather easily to secure a fine win for Warrington.
Andy Whipp was up next on the show court with Adam Turner (Below). After a below par performance at Liverpool last week, he needed to be at his best; and he was. The first two games were closely fought but he manged to pull out a 2-game lead but then lost the third rather badly. Had the used up too much energy on the first two games? No. Always the competitor, he found something extra to win the fourth game and the match 11-7.
Next on Court 6 was Jaish Talib against Steffan Morgan at 5th string (Above). The first game was a marathon. Jaish kept his cool close it out 15-13. He did the same in the second while a rather tetchy Steffan argued with the referee. Steffan regained his poise and took the next game. In the fourth, Jaish played some great shots and triumphed.
Finally, it was the big guns, Ben Smith v Harry Falconer (Above). This was all action match: fast pace, incredible retrieving, and fine shots. It was nip and tuck all the way. After 4 close games, it was 2-2. But with both players tiring, it was Ben who had most left to win the fifth game a seal the tie at 5-0 somewhat unexpectedly.
The result leaves Warrington 5 points clear of Bowdon who also won, which is where the 1st team is next week in a the top of the table clash. Get there early, it should be a good one to watch.