Greenleys Kings 8-2 Milton Keynes Topspin

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Game Result Score Match score
1 Jordan Moss beat Russell Penn (3-2) 6-11, 11-8, 5-11, 16-14, 12-10 1-0
2 Nick Howard beat Mervyn Kelly (3-2) 5-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-7, 11-8 2-0
3 Guy Sparrow beat David Wackrill (3-0) 11-6, 11-4, 11-6 3-0
4 Nick Howard and Guy Sparrow lost to Mervyn Kelly and Russell Penn (2-3) 11-4, 11-13, 9-11, 11-7, 9-11 3-1
5 Nick Howard beat Russell Penn (3-1) 11-9, 9-11, 11-7, 11-6 4-1
6 Jordan Moss beat David Wackrill (3-2) 11-9, 10-12, 9-11, 11-8, 12-10 5-1
7 Guy Sparrow beat Mervyn Kelly (3-0) 11-5, 11-7, 11-7 6-1
8 Nick Howard beat David Wackrill (3-1) 11-5, 9-11, 12-10, 11-3 7-1
9 Guy Sparrow beat Russell Penn (3-0) 11-4, 11-7, 11-6 8-1
10 Jordan Moss lost to Mervyn Kelly (2-3) 12-10, 12-10, 3-11, 7-11, 10-12 8-2
Team Legs won Legs average (%) Points won Points average (%)
Greenleys Kings 28 66.67 429 54.30
Milton Keynes Topspin 14 33.33 361 45.70

Kings players

Player Games played Games won Legs played Legs won Legs average (%) Points played Points won Points average (%)
Jordan Moss 3 2 15 8 53.33 305 147 48.20
Nick Howard 3 3 13 9 69.23 237 132 55.70
Guy Sparrow 3 3 9 9 100.00 151 99 65.56

Kings players

Player Games played Games won Legs played Legs won Legs average (%) Points played Points won Points average (%)
Russell Penn 3 0 12 3 25.00 229 104 45.41
Mervyn Kelly 3 1 13 5 38.46 240 116 48.33
David Wackrill 3 0 12 3 25.00 224 95 42.41
Match date Wednesday, 15 January 2020 at 19:30
Competition League
Division Premier Division
Venue Greenleys Junior School
Season 2019-2020
Legs played 42
Points played 790
Published 11/29/2020 07:37 by David Wackrill; edited 1 times, last on 11/29/2020 07:37 by David Wackrill.
JORDAN MARATHON AND A DOUBLES DELIGHT
 
A good night’s work for my lowly MK Topspin side in the den of runaway League leaders Greenleys Kings.
 
Kings gave a rare post marriage MK League appearance to the former Jordan Natalie Wood, alongside regulars Nick Howard and Guy Sparrow.  Skipper Nick showed his dedication to his team by driving from Exeter at 3.00pm to arrive in time for the big match.  Although he was shattered he still managed to eke out a scratchy hat-trick despite dropping 4 games along the way.  Guy was untroubled in joining him on a maximum.
 
The most interesting encounters came against Jordan with all her sets ending 12-10 in the 5th, which couldn’t have happened too often.  The Northants hitter rode her luck a little when beating Russell Penn and myself before falling to Mervyn Kelly.  Russell held 5 match points in their 4th game but failed to covert any of them for the win.  Jordan’s marathon effort meant she played out a total of 305 points, the most by anyone this season and more than twice as many as Guy on the night.  9 of her 15 games were decided by 2-point margins.
 
But, for us, the doubles set was by far the highlight of the evening as 0% Russell/Mervyn took on 100% Nick/Guy to prove that miracles do happen.  There was no indication of an upset as the esteemed King’s pair strolled into an easy first game lead and maybe an eyebrow was raised when the Topspin duo sneaked the 2nd game on deuce to level.  But after that it was a ‘no holds barred’ contest with a lot of long hitting rallies and Russell/Mervyn playing out of their skins to give as good as they got.   And, importantly, they held their nerve ‘at the death’, staying in positive mode without the recklessness which has cost them dear in the past.  Fantastic achievement.  No praise is high enough.