Stowmarket Jaguars 6-4 Stowmarket Pumas
07/12/2016 - Chris Smith
The “Big Cats” local club derby between the Jaguars & Pumas had been eagerly awaited and proved to be a very a closely fought affair with friendships put to one side for the evening for a very competitive and tense match.
First up was Jason Annal v Scott Day. Scott looked like he was having an off night and Jason took the match in 3 straight proving too strong on the night.
Jaguars flying start continued with Pete “flashy shoes” Bernard beating Martin Chamberlain inside four games. Pete stood down his old faithful backhand long pimple this week and reverted back to being a fully “inverted” player. Pete’s first season stepping up from the 2nd Division is starting to prove a worthwhile challenge and yielding dividends in being pushed to improve his game.
Jaguars again stormed into a 3-0 lead with Chris Smith breaking David Gough’s tough resistance in four games.
Game 4 & Scott started a recovery for Pumas beating Pete Bernard in a ding dong of a 5 game match, with Scott starting to find his range after his slow start to the evening.
Jason then continued his unstoppable form against David Gough to win in 3 straight.
After a shaky start Martin recovered to beat Chris in 4 games and then David went on to beat Pete in a masterful and well controlled victory.
The Puma’s recovery was now truly re-claiming early lost ground to their big cat rivals.
Scott stepped up to face Chris in the second ding dong of a match. The friendly rivalry was pronounced as they both play for the same team in the Ipswich League. This went the full distance with Chris having match point in the 5th only to let it slip from his grasp right at the death, the outcome being 13-11 to Scott In game 5, both having suffered a long match with an earlier game ending up 17-15.
Jason halted the Jaguars slide to re-establish their authority with his final victory of night against Martin Chamberlain and prove to be stand out player of the night scoring a maximum.
Pumas had fought hard to pull it back to 5-4, but unfortunately they couldn’t carry the fight-back into the doubles with Scott & David losing to the in form Jason and the ever improving Pete Bernard.