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A Dominant Display From a Full Strength B Team

 

Back to back victories over Kendal C has seen Penrith B move up the County League table, something which could only have been dreamed about last season with no victories in the two previous two seasons.

 

Penrith B travelled with a full strength team, something which hasn’t happened that regularly over the season.

 

Richard Utting playing at 4 beat his younger 20 year old opponent in 3 thus giving the team a good basis to kick on.

Chris Lilley had a somewhat closer tie winning in 5 but the tie of the night belonged to Alex McIntosh who played a masterful performance over his opponent to win in 3.

 

The match was won at this point when Mark Rhodes took to the court.

After a two week layoff Mark was rather ‘rusty’ but soon gathered momentum and with his usual fighting spirit took the match to 2 all but Mark finally succumbed in the 5th game losing the match 3-2.

 

All in all a successful night for the ‘B’ team showing that with a full strength team they are hard to beat.

 

Another crucial game next week at Dalton in Furness but with another victory it should secure Penrith B’s position in the league.

 

A Close Match for Penrith A

Penrith ‘A’ hosted Kendal ‘A’ in a mid-table clash in what turned out to be a nail biting finale. First on court for Penrith was teenager Matt Davidson, who after losing the first game, gained in strength and confidence reeling off the next three games against Max Castaldi to take a 3-1 win. Graham Silburn continued his unbeaten league form in dispatching Graeme Braithwaite also 3-1, including a 21-19 second game which turned out to be the pivotal moment in the match. Digger Gray lost the ‘battle of the masters’ against Alan Bywise in a tough 5 setter losing 2-3. Last on court were home player Ben Hoyle and visitor Andy Chant, who played out an hour long 5 setter, containing numerous brutally long rallies and several flash points, some may have thought it was an early bonfire night with the amount of fireworks! Ben battled back from 1-2 down to take the deciding game on his second match point winning 3-2! A great team effort with Penrith taking the points 15-7, leapfrogging Kendal in the league and up to 5th overall. Next week they host Windscale.


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