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Sax Ladies 2nd team reigns despite unexpected rain

Match details: Saxmundham Ladies 2nd team v Ipswich St John's Ladies 2nd team

Date: Friday 22nd July 2022

Venue: Away, St John's, Ipswich

League: Ipswich and District Summer League

Saxmundham team: Jill & Sharon, Barbara & Frances, Shirley & Jennie

Match report by the evening's team captain, Frances Paul.

This was the last match for Saxmundham Ladies 2nd team, with an early start. However, we didn’t start that early because the opposition were a player short; various frantic phone calls were made, but a sixth player couldn't be found, so on the night it was just the two St John's pairs to play against.

Jill and Sharon sat out the first game, with Shirley and Jennie storming to an 8-3 win; meanwhile, Barbara and Fran had a fight on their hands, losing 5-8 in the end.

The team, L-R: Jill, Shirley, Jennie, Fran, Barbara, Sharon

Round two got underway and saw Jill and Sharon get off to a flying start, winning 8-3. Jennie and Shirley lost 3-8, but had some great rallies.

We'd just started the final round when that very strange thing called rain decided to make an appearance, a few spots then become actual rain and we had to stop as the court got slippery. So, we all headed into the clubhouse where there was homemade cakes...

Barbara and Fran heroically resisted and went back on court to finish the last set, winning 8-4 with wonderful support from the rest of the team. Unfortunately for Jill and Sharon they didn’t get to finish their game, but the consolation prize was tea and aforementioned cake.

A friendly opposition made the whole evening enjoyable and with a 6-2 win (yes I know it should be 9 in total but as the one lot didn’t play it seemed rude to claim an 8-0!).

Finally, a big thank you to Nicky for organising us, as we wait to see where we end up in the summer league.

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