The club had a very enjoyable clash with a Jesters side organised by ex-Executioner Rupert Mathieu last night. In fact, the only disappointment about the whole thing was that we lost, albeit only narrowly.
After several days of discussion over email between the two captains, the Executioners were represented by Andy Pringle, Ewan Townshend, Jon Peterson and Dick Warner, who was subbed by the visiting Bhaswar Baral after the first round of games. The Jesters, meanwhile, included Executioners Richard Bridge and Penn Chai, alongside Rupert and Rod Oscroft.
Playing with the very fast new French ball, the games were fast, frenetic and very keenly contested. And played in a great spirit, of course.
The club’s top pair, Andy and Ewan, managed to tame the flying ball effectively and won four of their games – although only just in a couple of cases. Ewan, in particular, belied his relative youth with a very mature performance. However, the second pair had more trouble and weren’t able to win a game; and, what secured the match for the Jesters was that the difference in the winning margins. The Executioners’ first pair won more narrowly than the second pair lost.
That said, the outcome of the match wasn’t as important as the enjoyment had by everyone involved. Especially when Dick got the first post-match round in at The Bridge!
Results (Jesters first):
R Mathieu & R Oscroft bt R Warner & J Peterson 15-8, 15-6; lost to A Pringle & E Townshend 7-15, 10-15
P Chai & R Bridge lost to A Pringle & E Townshend 13-15, 7-15; bt B Bharal (Warner retired, pride hurt) & J Peterson 15-8, 15-2
Overall: Jesters bt Executioners 97-84pts