Round 7 of the Baker Tilly Corporate League saw the last night of league play before moving on to the Playoffs and Finals and every team was hungry for a win, with 3 of the 4 match ups coming down to the doubles match at the end.
UBS took on KPMG Kman securing an 11-4 win overall but Kman really made them work for it. David Finch played Samantha Hennings in the A division with both players leaving it all out on the court. Hennings took the first game but Finch was able to draw on his experience to claim the next 3 games, and the match, winning 3-1.
DMS came head to head with Undecided, which was always going to be a cracker of a match up and the teams didn’t disappoint, delivering excellent performances. In the end it was DMS’s night as they claimed the win 9-8, with it all coming down to the doubles match at the end. The A game of Neil Stone-Wigg of DMS vs Claire Roscoe of Undecided ended up being one of the matches of the evening. Stone-Wigg took the first game fairly comfortably 11-3 which only fired Roscoe up, who used a combination of a tricky lob serve and deft touch to claim the second game 9/11. The players continued to trade games until Stone-Wigg, using his skill and accuracy, eventually took the fifth game 11/9 and therefore the match. A truly impressive display from both players.
Baker Tilly played the KPMG Kobras in another match up that ended up being decided by the doubles at the end, with the Kobras just squeaking the win 9-8. A special mention has to be given to Matthew Dube and Emma Turnbull, two juniors who filled in for Baker Tilly this week. Matthew Dube secured a solid 3-0 win and Emma Turnbull showed some real grit to come back from 2-0 down and win 3-2.
The RBC Lions have found some form and continued their winning ways with a 9-8 win over AON Red Tornadoes, making it 2 wins in 2 weeks. The best match up of these two teams was Alistair Cowper of RBC vs Jasun Sairsingh of AON. Cowper, eager to get as much Squash out of the evening as possible, had a long 5 setter against Jasun Sairsingh, but managed to keep his cool and beat the junior 11/8 in the fifth.
The playoff matches will be:
AON Red Tornadoes vs KPMG Kobras
DMS vs Undecided
UBS vs Baker Tilly
KPMG Kman vs RBC Lions