Men’s Grasshoppers vs East Anglia 1st


Date Competition Season
October 21, 2015 BUCS Men's Midlands 2B 2015/16


University of Cambridge Men’s 2nd8Win
University of East Anglia Men’s 1st4Loss

Match Report

Men’s 2nds vs EA 1sts

The fixture against UEA began with an early start at the train station.  What should have been an uneventful journey turned into a seat swapping melee, with Aayush being forced to move seats twice – not the ideal way to relax his nerves before the big game. Jonny was banished to the train aisle – the captain separated from his anguished team mates. The team arrived at our “home” venue in Peterborough at 11:00am, one hour before the scheduled start. Charlie and Jonny (JoJo) were playing first seed doubles, but JoJo wasn’t up to the mark. His abdominal muscle was causing problems, and as a result he “couldn’t serve big”. Charlie was unimpressed, but perhaps Jonny was right because they lost a close match 6-4 7-5. The pair had set point at 5-4 in the second set, but they choked on serve at sudden death deuce. Aayush (Swifty) and Parsons started off slowly, losing the first set agonisingly 8-6 in the tiebreak. The pair started to gel at the start of the second, and vowed to be more aggressive. Their tactics paid off, and they won the second 6-3. The match tiebreak was an “almost flawless” breaker according to skipper Jonny, Swifty and Parsons coming out 10-4. Going 1-1 into the singles, the Grasshoppers needed at least 3 wins. Skipper Jonny led by example at first seed. The match started ominously, with his opponent hitting ace, ace, unreturned serve, massive forehand winner in the first game of the match. Jonny quickly regrouped on his way to a surprisingly tense 6-2 first set win. He continued with the momentum to a 4-0 second set lead. Feeling generous, he gifted his opponent 3 games before finishing him off 6-2 6-3. Charlie played second seed, and was “toying with his opponent”, making him run back and forth with perfectly executed drop shots and lobs. He was up 6-1 4-1, before a mini crisis followed. His backhand deserted him, and the player from UEA staged a mini fight back to 5-3. Charlie pulled through and won the next game, finishing his opponent off 6-1 6-3. Parsons had arguably the toughest match of the day against the wonderfully named Joe Arrowsmith. The game was of the highest quality, and Arrowsmith was painting the lines. Parsons was at his retrieving best, but the he lost a spirited first set 7-5. The second set was similarly cagey, but Parsons struggled in the big points. Arrowsmith won 7-5 7-5. “Swifty” (Aayush) – playing 4th seed – was in no mood to hang around, and ‘swiftly’ dispatched of his opponent 6-0 6-1. His perfect day of two wins, finished off in “Style” with a bagel, was something he didn’t even see in his “Wildest Dreams”. In the end, Cambridge came through with a good 4-2 win, and the team enjoyed a comfortable journey back home, delighted with the win.