Greenleys Kings 9-1 Milton Keynes Phoenix

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Game Result Score Match score
1 Gary Deakin beat Terry Lau (3-1) 8-11, 11-3, 11-7, 11-5 1-0
2 Nick Howard beat Gerald Ridgway (3-1) 11-9, 11-3, 8-11, 11-5 2-0
3 Guy Sparrow beat Mervyn Phillips (3-2) 9-11, 11-8, 11-3, 5-11, 11-2 3-0
4 Nick Howard and Guy Sparrow beat Mervyn Phillips and Gerald Ridgway (3-1) 11-9, 10-12, 11-5, 11-4 4-0
5 Nick Howard beat Terry Lau (3-0) 11-6, 11-5, 11-6 5-0
6 Gary Deakin beat Mervyn Phillips (3-1) 11-5, 10-12, 11-3, 11-6 6-0
7 Guy Sparrow beat Gerald Ridgway (3-2) 9-11, 11-6, 11-6, 9-11, 11-9 7-0
8 Nick Howard beat Mervyn Phillips (3-0) 11-8, 11-3, 11-8 8-0
9 Guy Sparrow lost to Terry Lau (2-3) 5-11, 11-3, 11-7, 9-11, 6-11 8-1
10 Gary Deakin beat Gerald Ridgway (3-1) 11-5, 11-4, 8-11, 12-10 9-1
Team Legs won Legs average (%) Points won Points average (%)
Greenleys Kings 29 70.73 416 58.34
Milton Keynes Phoenix 12 29.27 297 41.66

Greenleys Kings players

Player Games played Games won Legs played Legs won Legs average (%) Points played Points won Points average (%)
Gary Deakin 3 3 12 9 75.00 208 126 60.58
Nick Howard 3 3 10 9 90.00 171 107 62.57
Guy Sparrow 3 2 15 8 53.33 261 140 53.64

Milton Keynes Phoenix players

Player Games played Games won Legs played Legs won Legs average (%) Points played Points won Points average (%)
Terry Lau 3 1 12 4 33.33 202 86 42.57
Gerald Ridgway 3 0 13 4 30.77 235 101 42.98
Mervyn Phillips 3 0 12 3 25.00 203 80 39.41
Match date Wednesday, 6 November 2019 at 19:30
Competition League
Division Premier Division
Venue Greenleys Junior School
Season 2019-2020
Legs played 41
Points played 713
Published 11/14/2019 15:00 by David Wackrill.
courtesy of Nick Howard

Lau brings the “wow”, but Phoenix fall well short.

Newly promoted Phoenix visited the high flying Kings on a cold night at Greenleys.
The Kings had taken the decision to drop Matt Haynes after a string of poor performances, although speculation has it that the real reason he was dropped was due to his love of Fig rolls on match nights……
So it was Nick Howard, Guy Sparrow and Gary Deakin, facing off against Gerald Ridgway, Merv Phillips and Terry Lau.
This looked one sided on paper, but we didn’t have a straight 3-0 until match 5!
Deakin lost the first set to Lau, before finding some rhythm to win the next 3 comfortably.
Nick went 2-0 up against Gerald, to be pegged back at 2-1 before sealing the victory in 4. Whilst Guy was very hot and very cold again Merv, going the full 5 sets before winning a comfortable fifth 11-2.
Nick and Guy faced Gerald and Merv in the doubles, and it looked like it could be a close one at 1 a piece. But the Kings pairing turned on the afterburners to race through 3 and 4 for the comfortable win.
Terry came out firing against Nick, but couldn’t manage a set in the first (and only 1 of 2), 3-0’s of the night.
Deakin lost a close 2nd set against Merv, but was in control for the other three, before the most entertaining of the nights matches between Sparrow and Ridgway. Perfect symmetry as Guy lost the first 9-11 before winning 11-6, 11-6 and losing the 4th 9-11. At 5-1 up in the 5th, it looked game over, but before we knew it, the scores were tied at 9-9! Guy, getting full value for money on the night, just about did enough to secure the win, in a tough, tough match.
Nick and Merv played out another entertaining match next, although this one only lasted the 3 sets. Merv with some great retrievals, but ultimately couldn’t match the power of the Kings captain.
So, at 8-0 down with two to play, it looked like the Kings might get their first 10-0 of the year.
Up steps Terry “super” Lau to face an out of form Sparrow. The first 2 sets were complete opposites. Terry winning to 5, before Guy won to 3. The next 2 were closer, with Guy edging 2-1 ahead, before Lau took it to 5, and if truth be known, Terry always looked comfortable in the 5th, securing a very fine win for the Phoenix superstar.
Gary and Gerald finished the night off with a 3-1 win for Deakin.
Some great games on the night.