Close but not close enough for valiant Soham
PUBLISHED: 09:54 23 December 2014
Soham made a good start against title holders Ely, with Clive Woollard stealing a win against Liam Mohan.
And Woollard retained his momentum by also defeating Kieran Mohan but then came unstuck against Patrick Mohan who was determined to restore the family pride. Valiant efforts from Ian Boggie and Tony Everitt were not enough to stop Patrick who went on to win his three games for Ely. Everitt added a further point for Soham with a victory over Liam, who then recovered to overpower Boggie.
Despite being put under pressure from both Boggie and Everitt, Kieran maintained his composure to add another two wins for Ely.
In the doubles, Everitt and Woollard could do little to halt the famed Mohan pairing of Kieran and Patrick, with Patrick creating numerous chances for Kieran to hit the winning shots, which he did with ease and pushed Ely to a 7-3 victory.
In Division 2, Impington II entertained top-of-the-table Soham Comrades II and found themselves at the wrong end of a drubbing as the experience, fleet of foot and expertise of the visitors inflicted the dreaded whitewash.
Try as hard as they could – and they really did, with the vastly superior shots from their opponents forcing some remarkable and impressive responses – Tony Taylor, Duncan Taylor and Mike Johnston found Robin Wallis, Bela Szabo and Kin Choi Chan just too good. Only the first game of the evening, when Tony Taylor lost 9-11 in the fifth to Rob Wallis, and Tony’s other two matches, had gone beyond three legs. In the doubles, Duncan Taylor and Johnston went 2-1 ahead only to lose the next two legs to go down in five.