A narrow 3-2 win for Bridgend A v St Mellons at home on Thursday saw the Bulldogs maintain their push for promotion. At 1 & 2 St Mellons fielded the two best players in the league and they were in dominant form, showing their class. Rhys Prosser did exceptionally well against Welsh legend and former World No.3, David Evans. Dai Howe battled hard but was out played by Ricky Davies who was a step ahead all night. Stuart Bevan got Bridgend off to a winning start and set the tone for Harri Pugh and Neale Jones to close out the victory. A packed balcony cheered the players on and created a super atmosphere. Well done all Bridgend players and supporters!!
A very late start to the match due to the Cardiff team getting lost for half hour along the 20 miles between us - For future reference, browse to https://goo.gl/maps/EiZXWcKzVBUVDeVP7 and click directions, simples :-)
1st to arrive was the Cardiff #1 which caused all sorts of angst to Phil Pook when it dawned that he would have to go on first and miss out on his usual 45 minute pre-game stretch protocol. Despite this setback, Pooky put in a sterling performance to overpower his opponent 3-1.
Next up was Mike Phillips. Mike was a bit off colour, like a kebab the morning after a night out, and went down 15-10 in each game. Unlike a kebab, that's good consistency at least!
Chris Hampton made the most of poor decisions from his city slicker opponent who opted for "1" when at 14-all. Not once, but twice! Another win for Bridgend Bs, leaving us needing 1 win from the remaining 2 matches to take the match.
The good doctor Richard didn't fare so well this time, going down 3-0 in a slug fest. Too much golf me thinks.
Match 3 was an epic. Forget Liverpool v AC Milan in 2005, France v All Blacks in 1999, the Medina Ryder Cup in 2012 or the Patriots in the 2017 Superbowl - Daf Watkins' 5th game comeback eclipses them all. He cruised to a 2-0 lead, but then Cardiff finally found their wheels and got back into the game clawing it back to 2-2. Daf then proceeded to chill for a bit only waking up to find himself 8-14 down, facing 7 match balls. Having retrieved his cojones, he got it back to 14-all before how opponent called "1". The incredulous balcony gasped in anticipation of what could be the comebacks of all comebacks. Surely Cardiff weren't about to make the same mistake for the 3rd time this evening?! A tight long rally ensued but the Cardiff lad was being played with like an injured wilderbeast on the great savannah. He made a last ditch attempt at a winner but hit the tin in desperation. Bridgend were gracious winners though, he wasn't reminded that he had 7 match balls to win the whole match for Cardiff at all in the bar afterwards.
Well played all, another Great win for the Bs! Thanks to Alex for working on to accommodate our late start.
Super Saturday Squash this morning with seven junior squash players working hard on the court. Great start to the weekend!!!!! If anyone is interested in joining junior squash at Bridgend, please email Head coach Dai Howe on firstname.lastname@example.org
Bridgend B squash team romp home to victory with a 4-1 win over Merthyr B. Chris Hampton and Mike Phillips got the team off to a great start with 3-0 and 3-1 wins respectively. Daf Watkins team captain and Phil Pook followed and whilst Daf put in a strong performance and comfortably won 3-0 the usually reliable “Pookster” stumbled against a speedy and nimble opponent losing 0-3 in a tightly fought contest. Alan Prosser capped off proceedings against an old adversary winning through 3-1. A total of 17 points on the night to help push the team forwards in the battle to win the league.
Bridgend A won 4-1 away to Cowbridge on Tuesday night, with captain Rhys Prosser closing out the final match 3-0. A 3-1 win for Dai Howe at number 1 and 3-0 wins for Harri Pugh and Neale Jones completed the win. Stuart Bevan was unlucky, losing a close five setter for Cowbridge’s only win of the night. A solid win for Bridgend with 19 points secured to keep them on the hunt for promotion.