Rivals Hit for Six Again
Cheltenham arrived at the Recreation Ground on Saturday 9 June with an entirely different team to the one that had lost 6-1 to Bath in the Parkstone Trophy earlier this season. However they were to come up against a full-strength Bath side on top form, and this time with home advantage.
Slow lawns and high winds made playing conditions very difficult and fluent breaks were a rarity, but it was the Bath players who looked more comfortable during the morning’s play. Bath captain, Andrew Willis, won his morning singles in double-quick time. Peter Miles got off to a slow start but recovered strongly to make it 2-0 to Bath. Roger Hayes used all of his experience to win the morning doubles in the very last turn of the game. With only seconds left on the clock, Hayes kept his composure, hit a long shot across the lawn and made a winning break, much to the delight and relief of his partner, Paul Francis.
Hayes was the first to finish his singles match in the afternoon with another good win. Willis also won again although this time less clinically. Miles left it late to win a close encounter with a thrilling finish, taking full advantage of his opponent failing to run the last rover hoop at the death. Unfortunately Francis was unable to complete a clean sweep for Bath losing by just one hoop on time against an opponent with far greater experience, making the final score 6-1 to Bath.
Bath will welcome Nailsea to the Recreation Ground in two weeks time, and will be hoping their good form continues.
(Bath Chronicle report) http://www.thisisbath.co.uk/Rivals-hit/story-16367854-detail/story.html