Fixture: Oswestry Mixed 4 v Oswestry 5
Result: Lost 1-3
The first match for the team in the autumn mixed was Oswestry 4th against Oswestry 5th.
Both teams were using substitutes as their full named squad was not available, so a big thank you to Jo and Pete for stepping in to complete the squad.
The first rubber was between the 4th team of Dave Bass and Emily Lowe against the 5th team Matt Campbell and Millie Parsons Hann. Dave and Emily got off to a slow start against the younger pair, and lost the first 4 games. Matt was hitting the ball very hard and it took some time for Dave and Emily to adjust. There were some awesome rallies with both pairs executing some excellent volleys and ground strokes. The 5th team pair took advantage of their early lead and won the first set 6-3. They then immediately took control of the second set winning that by 6-1 and thus the rubber.
The other first round rubber was between the 4th team of Jo Dalietos and Nick Elliott against the 5th team of Rosemary Bennett and Peter Scott. This was a much tighter match with the pairs evenly matched. Some finely placed shots from both Nick and Pete kept the score very even with the rubber to be decided by a 3rd set championship tie break. Rosemary and Pete kept their cool and won the tie break and the rubber 6-4 4-6 1-0.
Rosemary and Pete had then had another tough rubber against Dave and Emily. The scoreline of a win for the 4th team, 6-2 6-1 does not reflect the standard of tennis exhibited by both pairs in a hard fought battle.
Millie and Matt's second rubber was a one-sided affair with the younger pair dominating most of the rallies, winning the rubber 6-1 6-1.