Men’s Saturday team lose narrowly to league leaders

The men’s team played host to top of the table Abbeydale B on the 8th July in a match which managed to survive the rain.   The rain was never really bad enough to force the players off.  In a long afternoon with play continuing until 6:45 pm it was the visitors who edged the match by taking two of the last three rubbers to claim a 5-4 win.

In the first round Ridgeway got two of the three rubbers. John Firth and Jamie Macefield beat the first Abbeydale pair on a tie -break, 11-9 after sets had been shared at 1-6, 6-4. Mick Mason and Matt Metcalfe beat the thirds by 6-2, 6-2 whilst Harvey marsh and Alin Carnariu lost to the second pair by 2-6, 2-6.  In the second round John and Jamie lost to the seconds by 4-6, 2-6, Harvey and Alin beat the thirds by 7-6, 6-4 and Mick and Matt lost to the firsts by 2-6, 3-6.  At 3-3 after two rounds there was all to play for.  John and Jamie beat the thirds by 6-1, 7-6 but Harvey and Alin lost to the firsts by 4-6, 1-6 and Mick and Matt lost to the seconds by 5-7, 1-6, leaving the final match score at: Rubbers 4-5, Sets  7-11 and Games 72, 92.