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MATCH REPORTS...


LONDON SENIORS AWAY TO BERKSHIRE

Inter County11.09.15 Berkshire (away)
Berkshire Seniors 8 London Seniors 12

London took a step closer to the National Finals with an impressive 12-8 victory away at the current league leaders.

London were pretty consistent and dominated every set winning each set 3-2 with perhaps the most important being the second set where we came back from 2-0 down to win the last 3 frames to lead 6-4 and give ourselves a platform to go on to win the match.

Once again Glen Tingley was the spearhead of the Londoners attack winning every frame he played with good support from the improving Pete Thomas. A fine all round team performance with all chipping in.

This result now means anything other than a defeat to Sussex on the last match of the season will see the old timers grace the Nationals in March 2016.

Paul Gafa’ 1/3
Glen Tingley 4/4
Jerry Tickell 2/4
Pete Thomas 3/4
Allan Formosa 1/3
Adam Hewson 0/1
Martin Storey 1/1

LONDON A 27 V 17 HAMPSHIRE A

Inter CountyAnother good home win that keeps us very much in contention to qualify for the national inter county finals.

We won the first set 8 v 3 and the second 7 v 4 for a 15 v 7 half time lead and we then shaded the third and fourth sets, both 6 v 5, to record our biggest win of the season so far.

A good 3 out of 4 for Dave Rawlinson sees him go joint top of the regional rankings and another 4 out of 4 for Jordan O'Connor puts him only a couple of frames behind, but our man of the match was undoubtedly Robbie Robb with an excellent all round performance, also winning 4 out of 4.

Stats:
Dave Rawlinson 3/4
Joe Prince 2/4
Danny Moffatt 2/4
Alex Lawrence 2/4
Rupert Ward 1/4
Jordan O'Connor 4/4
Nigel Smith 1/4
Jack Pople 3/4
Andy Breen 1/2
Robbie Robb 4/4
Jerry Tickell 3/4
Tony Gear 1/2

London C 28 - 16 Hamshire C (13th September 2015)

Inter CountyLondon C 28 - 16 Hampshire C (13th September 2015)

London C has the potential to win the region for the first time, so with three matches left in the season we needed a great win and high score to put pressure on the other county teams!

With the comradeship that we have shown over the season, I had every confidence in the team coming through winners once again….and they did not let me down supporting each other throughout the ups and downs of the match winning by a great 28 – 16 score.

Man of the match goes to Bruno who played with great spirit and determination winning 4/ 4, also a shout out to Jonathan Tindall winning 4/4 too and Rob Speller allowing Joe to take his last match.

Watch out Berkshire you're next!

Set 1: We started off great with a break dish from Rob Speller and won the set 8-3.

Set 2: This set was shared between the two teams but London edged a little bit further ahead winning the set 6–5 making the score 14-8.

Set 3: London C has been battle hardened throughout the season in the mindset to up the energy and take set 3, and they did it again winning the set 8-3 taking us to a great 22-11 lead.

Set 4: we won the set 6-5 but they got lucky in a few frames and it should have been a higher score for London.

Stats:

Shane O'Reilly 2/4
Bruno D Silva 4/4
Rob Speller 1/3
Dan Heinink 3/4
Kulvinder Bath 2/4
Barry Barham 2/4
Ross Dawkes 3/4
Ben McIntosh 2/4
Jonathan Tindall 4/4
Carl Speller 2/4
Peter Panayiotou 2/4
Adam Hewson R
Joe Slaughter 1/1
Jermey Ruffer R
Dean Rider R

London Seniors home to Hampshire

Inter County13.09.15 Hampshire (home)
London Seniors 11 Hampshire Seniors 9

A must win game for London eventually ended in success for our old timers with the final score flattering Hampshire a little.

The game began in confusion thanks to disruption on British Rail causing our opponents to arrive late in dribs and drabs, and frames being played out of sequence to allow Hampshire players to arrive without forfeiting frames.

After the first two sets London had fought back to all square after trailing from the outset. In set 3 London gunned it and won the first four frames to stretch away to a 9-5 lead.

Wins and hat tricks for Glen Tingley and Jerry Tickell in frames 16 and 17 respectively ensured London received the win bonus before the last 3 racks slipped away.

London were far from our best, but winning ugly is an important asset, if we are to go on and qualify for Yarmouth next March. This win keeps us firmly in the race.

Glen Tingley 3/4
Jerry Tickell 3/4
Pete Thomas 2/4
Adam Hewson 0/2
Paul Gafa’ 1/2
Allan Formosa 1/2
Martin Storey 1/2

KENT A 23 V 21 LONDON A

Inter CountyOur third away match of the season and our third defeat, once again by the narrowest of margins, 23 v 21.

We started slowly, falling 3 v 1 behind and losing the first set 6 v 5, but worse was to come in the second set with Kent hammering us 8 v 3 for a 14 v 8 half time lead. They then won 3 out of the next 4 frames to lead 17 v 9 before London A finally started to get into the match, winning 6 of the next 7 frames to trail 18 v 15 going into the last set.

Two more wins then brought us within a frame of our opponents, and in truth we could have gone on to win the match, but it wasn't to be and Kent got over the line at 23 v 19 before London took the last 2 frames.

We were generally a little lacklustre (and occasionally unhelpful) with our support and at times poor shot selection and perhaps a lack of composure cost us crucial frames. Having said that 8 out of the 11 London players still won 2 out of their 4 frames but clear man of the match for the second time this season was Jordan O'Connor with another 4 out of 4 (8 out of 8 against Kent)!!

Despite this defeat Gt. Yarmouth qualification is still in our own hands but a home win against Hampshire next month is now absolutely essential.

Stats:

Joe Prince 2/4
Dave Rawlinson 2/4
Alex Lawrence 0/4
Danny Moffatt 2/4
Tony Gear 2/4
Nigel Smith 2/4
Jordan O'Connor 4/4
Jerry Tickell 2/4
Robbie Robb 2/4
Andy Breen 1/4
Rupert Ward 2/4

LONDON SENIORS AWAY TO KENT

Inter County09.08.15 Kent (away)
Kent Seniors 12 London Seniors 8

London suffered a second defeat of the season and this defeat could prove costly in the race to get to Yarmouth. In truth we were well beaten with many of our players not at our best and but for two reasonable middle sets the defeat could have been harsher.

We lost the first set 4-1 with only Pete Thomas registering a win. The second and third sets provided some hope with two wins for Glen Tingley and a win each for Jerry Tickell and Martin Storey, as Pete remained resolute and refused to be beaten all afternoon, meaning London fought back to trail by one frame at 8-7 down.

In the last set the London team all capitulate bar Pete and we ended up on the wrong side of a 12-8 mauling.

Paul Gafa’ 0/4
Glen Tingley 2/4
Pete Thomas 4/4
Martin Storey 1/4
Jerry Tickell 1/4

London Ladies v Kent Ladies

Inter CountyKent Ladies were 98 games unbeaten in the league in a run stretching almost 10 years and only 2 games off a trophy, but then London Ladies came to town…

The entire team knew this was going to be a close match and Kent are a force to be reckoned with, but with the team spirit London Ladies has at the moment we were ready and raring to go and pulled off a fantastic win which has sent ripples through the region and up and down the country.

Taking from the spirit which we showed against Surrey we wanted to show Kent we had arrived and we were together as a unit and we certainly did that by taking our first set 6-5, the day seemed like it was going to be a close game and we weren’t wrong.

The second set we showed our guts, took our changes when we were presented them and only dropped 3 frames winning the set 8-3. We were ahead, by a considerable margin. We got slightly complacent in the third set, Kent went on a run and emphatically pulled back to 17-16 winning the set 9-2. Pressure on!

We were not deflated yet; this was our day to shine! We showed our true nerve and guts and pushed each other over the finishing line showing what true team spirit can do. Half of the Men’s team came over and supported us and London felt like a family. We won the final set 8-3 and managed to win the game with one game spare; of which Michaela Lester did not disappoint to take the score to 24-20!

Emma Cunningham 3/4
Lucy Nettleingham 3/4
Michaela Lester 3/4
Sarah Evans 3/4
Sharon Bains 3/4
Angela Hobbs 2/4
Kate Hillman 2/4
Kirsty Edwards 2/4
Samantha Wyatt 2/4
Avril Mallon 1/3
Linda Redwood 0/1
Corinne Grattan 0/4

It goes without saying this was a very big win for the Ladies. Well done girls, next stop…Hampshire! Let’s make it 5 on the bounce ;)

LONDON A 24 V 20 SURREY A

Inter CountyAfter comfortably beating us 27 v 17 on the opening day of the season Surrey must have been hoping to inflict a first home defeat on an improving London team. They started off brightly enough, racing into a 3 v 0 lead before London responded with 6 in a row and we shaded the first set 6 v 5.

The second set also went our way 6 v 5 for a 12 v 10 half time lead. 4 frames in a row at the start of the third set gave us a commanding 16 v 10 lead and we also took this set 7 v 4, to lead 19 v 14.

Surrey rallied to win the final set 6 v 5 but couldn't prevent a London win, Robbie Robb taking out an excellent finish to secure the points with a couple of frames remaining.24 v 20. An important win that sees us move into second place in the regional table.

Dave Rawlinson won 3 out of 4, including a couple of top class clearances. Jack Pople, Danny Moffatt and Jordan O'Connor also won 3 each but London's man of the match was Andy Breen, winning 4 out of 4 on only his second match back.

Stats:

Dave Rawlinson 3/4
Tony Gear 1/4
Alex Lawrence 1/4
Danny Moffatt 3/4
Rupert Ward 2/4
Jordan O'Connor 3/4
Nigel Smith 2/4
Jack Pople 3/4
Andy Breen 4/4
Robbie Robb 2/4
Jerry Tickell 0/4

London Ladies v Surrey Ladies

Inter CountyThe ladies team has certainly had a shake up recently, what with the unfortunate loss of Sue Studman for what appears to be the remainder of the season, all the ladies are sending our love your way Sue.

As such we had to reshuffle our pack and instate a Captain. I offered to step up to the role for the remainder of the season and then take it from there. I have never captained a county team before so this is a big learning curve for me, including writing match reports. I am abundantly aware that a Ladies match report hasn’t been posted since the Kent match, so here it goes…

That makes it 3 on the bounce…

The ladies have come together to form a phenomenal force not to be messed with, alongside an electric atmosphere that got the whole club bouncing. Taking the first set by storm with an impressive 9-2 start, I sensed this was going to be a captain’s selection headache having two subs on the bench ready and raring to go. But what a headache to have!

We maintained our momentum into the second set, only dropping 4 frames going into the second half 16/6 up with a great performance throughout the team. With two reserves itching to play we swapped Kirsty for Carol and Lucy for Angela for the second half of the match.

By the end of the third set we had already won the match with the score standing at 23/10, all the girls were buzzing and our final score stood at 29/15. It’s a shame we didn’t get into the 30s but what a fantastic result this was for us.

Later in the day it was brought to my attention that Hampshire had lost 29/15 to Sussex, which means the lovely London Ladies have been boosted up to that all important second spot. What a fantastic team we have here and let’s hope we can take this form into our next match against Kent and show that London have arrived.

Well done Ladies.

Lucy 1/2
Kate 3/4
Avril 1/4
Emma 4/4
Charlotte
Sarah E 3/4
Corrine 4/4
Kirsty 0/2
Michaela 4/4
Samantha Wyatt 2/4
Sharon Bains 2/4

LONDON SENIORS REPORT HOME TO SURREY

Inter County12.7.15 Surrey (home)

London Seniors 10 Surrey Seniors 10

London matched the same score between the teams as was recorded in the first match of the season, this time however Surrey came from behind to snatch the draw.

London began the second half of the season knowing that a trip to the National Finals at Yarmouth is well within our grasp, and duly got away to a healthy 4-1 lead in the first set.

Calamity in the second as we lost every frame to go behind. The next two sets were tight affairs and London got closer to Surrey after the third set to trail by just one frame. Both Martin Storey and Pete Thomas got busy burgling frames whilst Glen Tingley won a fantastic frame from a position of virtually no hope.

These frames put London 10-8 up but the last two players couldn’t get the team home and we had to be content with a point each.

Jerry Tickell 1/3
Glen Tingley 3/4
Allan Formosa 0/2
Adam Hewson 2/4
Paul Gafa’ 2/4
Pete Thomas 1/2
Martin Storey 1/1

London C vs Sussex C. Won 34-10

Inter CountyKully was unable to attend due to a reunion that was arranged before the fixtures were announced so I was stand in Captain for the day.

A quick look at the form had me puzzled. Sussex had lost to Hampshire and won against Berkshire. Which one would turn up?

I was expecting to have to make some difficult decisions about who to put in the starting 11 but we had 3 B Team players so there was no choice to make.

A couple of frames went against us at the begining and we found ourselves 2-1 down but the rest of the first session went our way to make it 9-2.

Session 2 saw a continuation of our good form and I decided not to make any changes at the half way stage. You could say that it was unfair on the reserves but I have seen too many occasions when changes have resulted in a bad 3rd session. We ended the second session 17-5 up.

We took the 3rd session 10-1 so it looked like my plan had worked. All four reserves on for the final session. Only one of them lost and that was to either an amazing shot or an outrageous fluke.

I felt that there was a good team spirit and good support all round.

Ben McIntosh 4/4
Ross Dawkes 4/4
Rob Spellar 4/4
Adam Everitt 3/3
Ryan Francis 3/4
Peter Panyiotou 3/4
Carl Spellar 3/4
Barry Barham 3/4
Shane O'Reilly 2/3
Steve Burke 1/3
George Covington 1/3
Joe Slaughter 1/1
Dean Rider 1/1
Adam Hewson 1/1
Jonathan Tindall 0/1

Special thanks to Shane for voluneering to give up his place for a reserve. Team Player.

I'm afraid you've got me again for the Surrey match. Another arrangement that Kully had made before he knew the match dates.

Surrey appear to be revitalised so we can expect a much more dificult time than we had at the begining of the season. We will need to stay focused and continue to support each other.

Jeremy
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