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Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Oratory vs MCC (Lords) - Saturday 1st October

The MCC are always a good travelling side, this year they bought seven players to The Oratory for what looked like a very evenly match day. The 1st Match was between Candida Nicholls & Nigel a Brassard. Candida took an early lead of 5/3,but Nigel fort back to take the 1st set 6/5. Candida then took control of the match and ended up winning the next two sets and the match. The final score was 5/6  6/4 6/3. 
Next up was Peter Buckley and Richard Boughton who took on MCC’s Patrick Sumner & Oliver Wise There was some big hitting mixed with some superb cut shots. Both teams took control at different part of the match, but it ended up with MCC coming out on top winning 6/4 6/2. The score line doesn’t reflect the standard of play from The Oratory pairing.
That made the score line one apiece. Pete Harding stepped on court next facing a very experienced Ronald Paterson from MCC. Ronald seemed to read the game so well making it look easy. Pete played well in each game but just couldn’t win the vital points. The very composed Ronald took control in the 2nd set and won 6/1 6/1.
It was all down to the final pairing of David Fox & Mike Box to save the match, they took on Giles Pemberton and David Christie. David & Mike got off to the dream start winning the 1st set 6/3. They were playing some excellent tennis and controlling the match, this bought them to a 5/3 lead in the 2nd set. At this point Giles & David started to relax and improved with every shot. They managed to pull it back and take the 2nd set 6/5. This gave the MCC pairing a massive boost and continued to play well in the 3rd set to take the set and the match 3/6 6/5 6/2
It was a well attended day from both team and everyone really enjoyed the day.
MCC won overall 3-1. Congratulations!