St. Christopher Van Hire 7-3 Milton Keynes Topspin

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Game Result Score Match score
1 Dave Broome lost to Russell Penn (1-3) 8-11, 2-11, 11-8, 7-11 0-1
2 Biao Wang beat David Wackrill (3-0) 11-4, 11-5, 11-7 1-1
3 Paul Haigh beat Mervyn Kelly (3-1) 11-9, 6-11, 11-3, 11-9 2-1
4 Paul Haigh and Biao Wang beat Russell Penn and David Wackrill (3-0) 11-8, 11-6, 11-5 3-1
5 Biao Wang beat Russell Penn (3-0) 11-4, 11-5, 15-13 4-1
6 Dave Broome beat Mervyn Kelly (3-2) 11-8, 10-12, 11-9, 4-11, 11-7 5-1
7 Paul Haigh beat David Wackrill (3-0) 11-8, 11-9, 11-7 6-1
8 Biao Wang lost to Mervyn Kelly (2-3) 12-14, 6-11, 11-7, 11-6, 8-11 6-2
9 Paul Haigh beat Russell Penn (3-1) 11-13, 11-8, 11-8, 11-5 7-2
10 Dave Broome lost to David Wackrill (0-3) 4-11, 6-11, 6-11 7-3
Team Legs won Legs average (%) Points won Points average (%)
St. Christopher Van Hire 24 64.86 358 53.04
Milton Keynes Topspin 13 35.14 317 46.96

St. Christopher Van Hire players

Player Games played Games won Legs played Legs won Legs average (%) Points played Points won Points average (%)
Dave Broome 3 1 12 4 33.33 212 91 42.92
Biao Wang 3 2 11 8 72.73 205 118 57.56
Paul Haigh 3 3 11 9 81.82 206 116 56.31

Milton Keynes Topspin players

Player Games played Games won Legs played Legs won Legs average (%) Points played Points won Points average (%)
Russell Penn 3 1 11 4 36.36 206 97 47.09
David Wackrill 3 1 9 3 33.33 155 73 47.10
Mervyn Kelly 3 1 14 6 42.86 262 128 48.85
Match date Wednesday, 11 October 2017 at 19:30
Competition League
Division Division One
Venue Forster Institute, Leighton Buzzard
Season 2017-2018
Legs played 37
Points played 675
Published 10/17/2017 22:29 by David Wackrill; edited 1 times, last on 10/17/2017 22:29 by David Wackrill.
As an Aylesbury team-mate of Biao Wang I get a close up view of the red hot form he’s been in this season, already seeing off Aylesbury’s highly rated town champion Lee Rogerson, architect of their Bucks Inter-League win last year when MK (Alan Cherry, Dan Smalley, Craig Brown) finished a poor 3rd. So what chance did us lesser players have tonight? Very little, or so I thought going into the match.
 
Biao cruised through his first 2 sets against me and Russell Penn without dropping a game but then came unstuck against some brilliant hitting from Mervyn Kelly, who notched up the greatest win of his career. This was all the more remarkably as he had lost his own previous sets against Paul Haigh and David Broome. Tough going against David though, who has a habit of losing in 5, as Mervyn pulled back from 1-6 to 7-9 in the decider before going down. Topspin’s other 2 wins came at David’s expense.
 
This was Topspin’s 50th match in our short history but any celebrations went out the window as this was our joint biggest defeat in that time. As for the result, it certainly made a mockery of David Broome’s prediction that Van Hire would finish the season in 7th position.
 
Well played to Van Hire tonight. A great match.