Kington Langley v Broadwas Federation AC match 19/5/24

The characteristic pose of a Guy in action

Match report by captain Stuart Smith

Who would have thought it  two weeks ago, when we were struggling to get our lawns open, that our first fixture would be on such a glorious summer’s day on lawns that opened in April!

Messrs Guy, Dampney, Kaner and Smith sallied forth somewhat under-practiced to do battle on the beautifully manicured and fast lawns way down in Wiltshire.

David Kaner was playing his first match for the club and he sported pristine whites to prove it. He and Ian were playing singles in the morning whilst the experienced pairing of Smith and Guy set about the doubles and quickly ran to an 8-0 lead. Then the opponents, who elected to play alternate strokes (a new phenomenon), started to narrow the gap using their bisques cautiously. Eventually, they got into a slight lead and, with time running out, the game was level. At this point the 14-handicapper opponent scored two very long roquets and they won on the GOLDEN HOOP (didn’t they John?). We turned to the other lawn to find that Ian had lost -1 on time and David had lost -5 on time. We were 0-3 down but thankfully lunch time had arrived. We now knew what we had to do – win all four singles in the afternoon!

Beautiful flat, fast lawns – thank you Tim

David duly set about the task taking out KL’s top player 26-3 including a 10-hoop break. There was talk of handicaps needing adjusting but, as David had only ever played one game on his card, and lost, such things are for another day. Meanwhile, Stuart giving away nine and a half bisques, was motoring with a break of eleven hoops to go to peg with his first ball. Things were looking up!

Ian registered a good break but John was suffering as his opponent kept hitting in across the lawn. Stuart secured the second win with another 11-point break to win 26-15 and Ian was ahead in his game. John, still smarting from the Baggies losing in the play-offs, was not having any luck and, although Ian registered a 24-20 win when the timer went to make the match score 3-3 John’s opponent, playing very well, snatched the tie for the home team with a 25-15 win.

Lovely cakes and lots of tea were needed to revive the players and we departed with friendly waves and wended our way home feeling more practiced for our next AC fixture this coming Thursday against Kenilworth at home.

Stuart Smith