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Sussex C 16 London C 28

Inter CountyIt's taken a while but we finally achieved our first proper win this season, and it was a delight to watch. I've always said this team has talent but for much of the season it has lacked stability (the available players have differed enormously game to game) and motivation. I think today, this current crop of players showed exactly the kind of spirit we've been hoping for. We started well, we won all four quarters, and we never let them come back at us, despite their best efforts in the third quarter.

It was like watching a different team today, it really was. There was a real buzz about the Cs and this bodes well. The recent addition of Zen and Fitz has been immense. They have not only added to our frame counts, but their presence has quietly changed the dynamics and given a boost to the other usual strongmen, taking pressure of them. We were still missing a few key players this week but the guys who turned up today and played well have done a helluva lot to cement their starts. I can safely say that I am a happy captain, despite having an absolute mare of a match myself as a player and only just chalking up 1 from 4 and throwing chances away in the other three (ain't that pool!!!!).

So, the breakdown was: we won the first set 7-4, going 5-0 up thanks to 'Dre, Zen (happy to say I made the right call pushing him up to co-opener), Baz, Booney and Danish. That kind of lead is hard to catch and it did our confidence the world of good. We won the second set 7-4 as well, then squeezed a 6-5 win in the third set after Sussex woke up a bit, and dominated the final set 8-3. So, in short, we started well, stayed steady in the middle, and kept our nerves at the end. That's what it takes to win matches.

Three players on 4/4 were outstanding. Zen has already shown himself to be a top addition. He is clearly loving the county experience. Baz missed the last match but today made amends with his best display of the season, a really confident 4/4 which earns him bucket loads of gold stars in my opinion. Perhaps, no disrespect, the most surprising superstar of the day was Mark 'Danish' Christensen, because he's not played since the first match when he won half his frames, and he was only a late addition to the teamm yesterday, but he went about it with relish, and really did cement his start for next match. One little shot he played off the cushion to cover a dangerous bag was sublime and made a mockery of any suggestions that his best game has to be a potting game. Well done to those lads.

Michael Bonney, Paul Fitzgibbon and the ever-reliable Richard Chapman all got 3/4. Booney potted the match-winning ball and played brilliantly throughout. Fitz's contribution has already been stressed, and Chappers goes without saying.

Andre Cox, Jeremy Ruffer and Paul Dawson got 2/4. Andre can be forgiven for losing his final frame because a captain's agreement was made to play out of order which may have upset his rhythm. Paul D got dished up in one frame and was a bit hard on himself I think, because he played well. I am very proud of Jeremy, who played good pool last match but went home winless, and today relaxed his cueing arm and got some well deserved results. He also produced the shot of the match, I think - his cut black length of table to win his final frame.

I let the side down with 1/4 and Paul Williams had a very rare off day with 0/4. But I will take my bad day and I am sure Paul would too if it meant the team as a whole got the win they deserved. And they certainly deserved it. Thanks lads. You've made this difficult season worth struggling through today - let's see more of that next month!


#1 | The Doctor on August 27 2011 22:40:51
Just wanted to say, with no malice, that the Cs have produced match reports all season, as have the juniors, and the ladies are pretty consistent, thank to Keeley taking over. But the A team reports are irregular at best, and the Bs are non-existent. A couple of months ago I was pressurised into getting my late report in, which was the really short one! I think that is really unfair. ALL captains should have a responsibility to write match reports for the website. Or else, none of us should bother, and we should just close this down.
#2 | pickwickpoolshark on August 29 2011 07:46:55
darren, it dont matter if the the other captains dont put there reports in, thats up to them and there team players but as a C player i love reading the reports, if you look at how many views it gets then you will see the boys enjoy reading it, the effort is worth it. keep up the good work mate.
Paul D.

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