Chackmore Hasbeens 1-9 Milton Keynes Topspin

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Game Result Score Match score
1 Bub Burman lost to David Wackrill (1-3) 8-11, 11-4, 8-11, 6-11 0-1
2 Andy Whitehead lost to Russell Penn (0-3) 8-11, 7-11, 4-11 0-2
3 Chris Whitehead lost to Mervyn Kelly (1-3) 11-7, 6-11, 10-12, 8-11 0-3
4 Bub Burman and Andy Whitehead beat Russell Penn and David Wackrill (3-2) 11-8, 6-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-7 1-3
5 Andy Whitehead lost to David Wackrill (0-3) 7-11, 7-11, 9-11 1-4
6 Bub Burman lost to Mervyn Kelly (1-3) 4-11, 7-11, 11-7, 11-13 1-5
7 Chris Whitehead lost to Russell Penn (0-3) 9-11, 5-11, 6-11 1-6
8 Andy Whitehead lost to Mervyn Kelly (0-3) 3-11, 8-11, 8-11 1-7
9 Chris Whitehead lost to David Wackrill (0-3) 4-11, 9-11, 2-11 1-8
10 Bub Burman lost to Russell Penn (0-3) 12-14, 4-11, 12-14 1-9
Team Legs won Legs average (%) Points won Points average (%)
Chackmore Hasbeens 6 17.14 271 42.34
Milton Keynes Topspin 29 82.86 369 57.66

Chackmore Hasbeens players

Player Games played Games won Legs played Legs won Legs average (%) Points played Points won Points average (%)
Bub Burman 3 0 11 2 18.18 212 94 44.34
Andy Whitehead 3 0 9 0 0.00 160 61 38.12
Chris Whitehead 3 0 10 1 10.00 177 70 39.55

Milton Keynes Topspin players

Player Games played Games won Legs played Legs won Legs average (%) Points played Points won Points average (%)
David Wackrill 3 3 10 9 90.00 174 103 59.20
Russell Penn 3 3 9 9 100.00 172 105 61.05
Mervyn Kelly 3 3 11 9 81.82 203 116 57.14
Match date Wednesday, 27 September 2017 at 19:30
Competition League
Division Division One
Venue Chackmore Parish Hall
Season 2017-2018
Legs played 35
Points played 640
Published 12/15/2017 13:50 by David Wackrill.
The fixture computer looked kindly on Topspin when giving us an early visit into the countryside. We made the most of the journey too with a comprehensive win over last year’s Division 2 runners-up which puts up top of the League. And so keen were both sides to get the new season underway that we started the match at 7.19 pm. It’s great to see Chackmore, an ex Premier club, back in a higher division though the fast table took little spin and was a hitter’s paradise (so Andy Smith, beware).
The home side’s star player Andrew ‘Bub’ Burman was a Spinner team-mate of Alan Cherry but missed out on the team’s glory days, leaving in 2008 before the Wilkins era heralded a period of League domination. I remember back then that Bub’s forehand was a firecesome weapon, but a lower standard of competition since has diminished it’s effectiveness and he was a long way off the form of his Premier days. Andy and Chris Whitehead completed the Hasbeens line-up.
What impressed me most tonight was Mervyn’s calm and intense focus. He was really in the zone, a point best illustrated by his control against Bub. He led 10-7 in the 4th (and 2 games to 1) when Bub got an edge and went on to level at deuce. Mervyn kept his cool and won the game 13-11 to clinch the set. When you consider that Mervyn suffered the injustice of losing 4 times last season when his opponent got a let or edge on Mervyn’s match point I was worried that ‘the curse’ was going to strike again. But no, the new self assured approach was in place and the victory was duly taken. I can see Mervyn having a great season ahead.
Shame though that Russell and I lost the doubles in a tight 5-gamer to spoil a possible ‘whitewash’.