Greenleys Warriors 5-5 Milton Keynes Topspin

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Game Result Score Match score
1 Ricky Taiwo beat David Wackrill (3-1) 14-12, 13-11, 5-11, 12-10 1-0
2 Romuald Baucherel beat Mervyn Kelly (3-2) 11-8, 4-11, 8-11, 11-4, 11-4 2-0
3 Jacob Midson lost to Russell Penn (0-3) 4-11, 7-11, 4-11 2-1
4 Ricky Taiwo and Romuald Baucherel lost to Mervyn Kelly and Russell Penn (2-3) 5-11, 5-11, 11-9, 11-6, 6-11 2-2
5 Romuald Baucherel beat David Wackrill (3-0) 11-5, 13-11, 11-4 3-2
6 Ricky Taiwo lost to Russell Penn (2-3) 9-11, 11-4, 11-7, 5-11, 6-11 3-3
7 Jacob Midson beat Mervyn Kelly (3-0) 18-16, 11-8, 11-8 4-3
8 Romuald Baucherel beat Russell Penn (3-1) 11-7, 8-11, 11-7, 11-8 5-3
9 Jacob Midson lost to David Wackrill (1-3) 8-11, 2-11, 13-11, 2-11 5-4
10 Ricky Taiwo lost to Mervyn Kelly (1-3) 11-7, 8-11, 4-11, 10-12 5-5
 
Loan player
Team Legs won Legs average (%) Points won Points average (%)
Greenleys Warriors 21 52.50 358 48.71
Milton Keynes Topspin 19 47.50 377 51.29

Greenleys Warriors players

Player Games played Games won Legs played Legs won Legs average (%) Points played Points won Points average (%)
Ricky Taiwo 3 1 13 6 46.15 248 119 47.98
Romuald Baucherel
On loan from Greenleys Troopers in Division Two
3 3 12 9 75.00 212 121 57.08
Jacob Midson
On loan from Greenleys Glory in Division Two
3 1 10 4 40.00 189 80 42.33

Milton Keynes Topspin players

Player Games played Games won Legs played Legs won Legs average (%) Points played Points won Points average (%)
David Wackrill 3 1 11 4 36.36 212 108 50.94
Mervyn Kelly 3 1 12 5 41.67 229 111 48.47
Russell Penn 3 2 12 7 58.33 208 110 52.88
Match date Tuesday, 31 October 2017 at 19:30
Competition League
Division Division One
Venue Greenleys Junior School
Season 2017-2018
Legs played 40
Points played 735
Published 12/17/2017 06:08 by David Wackrill.

Home skipper Ricky Taiwo summed up the match perfectly when he said at the end “a lot of unexpected results there”. More than half in my book. Ollie Horswell missed his first game of the season, well it was Halloween and there was trick and treating to be done, so Warriors fielded two division 2 players this time with Romuald Bacherel retaining his place and Jacob Midson coming in for Ollie. Pre match Ricky said he’d settle for a draw and, half way through, us Topspin boys said that we would too as things weren’t going so well.

Ricky and I had our usual pushathon to start the evening off which lasted 50 minutes and set the tone for the night. Ricky won in 4 games, which was followed by a 5 game victory for Romuald over Mervyn Kelly. But Russell was our hero tonight as he has saved his best form of the season for this top of the table clash. He exploded out of  the blocks with some magnificent hitting to beat Jacob. And with Warriors losing the doubles, as always, we were level at 2-2.

The match continued in similar vein with several close calls until we got to a 4-3 situation for the home side, at which point Romauld was sensational in wrapping up his own hat-trick when he thrashed the previously unbeaten Russell over 4 games to make the score 5-3. It was getting late by now and we played the final sets on adjacent tables. Both Mervyn and myself hadn’t won so far, but we came good at last as I beat Jacob and, with some judicious attacking prowess, Mervyn accounted for Ricky.

So a fair result, I think, in a match I reached the personal landmark of 2500 Milton Keynes League sets played (2346 in Premier & 154 in Div 1).