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Stamford I vs Melbourn I (8th November 2023)

Melbourn lost 10-16

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Melbourn Squash Club 1sts fell to an agonisingly narrow defeat in their Cambridgeshire League Division 1 match at Stamford last week.

The sides went into the match with little between them in the table, and that closeness was transferred onto the court, especially at fifth string where Miles Jeanneret battled hard but eventually came up short against Eden Spooner 3-2. Stamford extended their advantage as Mike Herd (4) was beaten 3-0 by Neil Steadman, but Melbourn fought back with 3-1 wins for Chris Shaw (2) and Vinod Duraikan (3), the former coming against former World Women’s no.4 Tania Bailey and the later versus Rob vVvian.

That sent the match to a deciding rubber at top string, Matt Sampson (1) building a two games to one lead. Sampson’s teenaged opponent, Callum McGurk, showed no signs of slowing though, and took advantage of some non-ideal court conditions (a damp night resulting in wet walls with skidding bounces that disrupted Matt’s attempts to find dying lengths) to power his way back to win 3-2, securing the overall win for the hosts by three rubbers to two.