On a glorious sunny morning the men’s 5th team of Plamen Zaychev, Richard Bennett, Jonathan and Michael Holding, played Sanderstead 4th. This is a regular fixture over the last few seasons and another close match was expected.
Michael and Plamen have played all in the matches this season but this was their first partnering each other and they made a strong partnership with some heavy hitting from the base line in both their rubbers to win in a relatively comfortable manner. By contrast Richard and Jonathan took a bit more warming up to get into their stride with both rubbers going to 3 sets. They finally won a tense final championship tie break to give Cheam a 3-1 win. This puts Cheam in 3rd place in the league with one match to go, which they could end in joint first place if they win their last match against Purley away.
This was Michael’s last match of the season before going off to university, so we will have to wait til next Summer before getting his services again. Anton will be partnering Plamen again in the hope that they can get another win – which would raise Plamen to number 1 ranking player in our league.
If any club players reading this, feel that they have untapped potential to play in a team this winter (I heard that we will get a mild winter this year), please contact either Simon Burgess or the team captain of the 5ths Jonathan Holding. Other team captains are available.
Author: Jonathan Holding