EDitorial ± 2-Dec-2013

TT1314, Week 10

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Hence following last week's good win, Defiants are rolling out the same crack line-up of Yang, Steve and Ed. Plus neither Andy nor Kev were available, which helped.

Coastal sporting venue tonight down at Felixstowe Rugger, as visited by Steve and Ed at the start of the year. Not ideal conditions, mainly due to the carpet, but we've all played in worse. Home team are both new and old. New because none of them were playing in the IDTTL last season. Old because all of them have played a lot in the past. Joining wife Alison and husband Conrad is ex-Londoner Vinod. Chris, their 4th player, is also there to give his support, which is nice. This'll be tough. In brief:

  • disappointing 1/3 for Ed, outhit by Conrad and outlasted by Alison, losing 11-9 in the 5th end in a game they both wanted to win
  • not so bad 1/3 for Steve, battling past Vinod and taking an end off Conrad (though sorry to lose in straight games to Alison)
  • a satisfactory 2/3 for Yang, victorious against Alison and Vinod

Worth noting an attempted serve by Vinod which sailed high into the air from his bat only to be caught by Steve on the sideline, and Ed the umpire trying to return the ball to Vinod only to throw said ball into his glasses.

Yang and Ed in the doubles (thanks to Steve) and needing a point to maintain that unbeaten record. Won the first, lost the second, won the third, lost the fourth, then Conrad really got going, putting away forehand after forehand, to help them win the fifth and hand Defiants a first defeat of the season. No disgrace to lose 6-4 but could have gone the other way on another night, we'd like to think.