- What a match, a draw was probably a better result than Nat West expected butworse than Castaways needed. The match ebbed and flowed, 0-1, 0-2, 1-2, 1-3,2-3, 2-4, 3-4, 3-5, 4-5 and then 5-5.The opening singles set the tone with Pete losing out 9itf, a hugely entertaininggame but ultimately a loss for Castaways.The second game saw number one and two in the averages (alphabetically)clash and although Terry managed a leg Tony was far too strong winning infour.Due to player availability Nat West had had to field a reserve to make up a fullteam, Andrew Muller from their second team in the second division, and heacquitted himself well but was never going to seriously trouble Castaways and,so it proved, with him losing his three in three.In between there were two games, the first a quite astonishing game betweenTerry and Chris. It seemed as if, if Terry won the first few points he stormed theleg but if he lost them Chris ran away with it. Scores of -3, 4, 3, -2, and -3confirm the bizarreness.There was also a nip and tuck game between Neil and Tony with three juicesand the final leg being a 10itf to Tony. Things were (definitely) going Nat West’sway as Castaways had now lost all three five leg singles.The eighth game was the crucial one to decide whether Castaways could stillwin or whether a draw was the worst result that Nat West could achieve.Despite Neil taking the first leg Chris’s magnificent defence wore him downand Chris took it in four.Now it was Castaways turn to try to salvage something from the match andcometh the hour cometh the man, number three in the average, Pete, upagainst Tony and Pete was in no mood to concede the match win and wonthree straight despite a spirited fightback from Tony leaving them both with 19wins from 21 games.That left the doubles to be played with a win for Nat West or a draw forCastaways riding on it – a draw that could be important come the end of theseason.In a break with tradition Castaways didn’t field their best two on the night,preferring to accommodate their star player’s preference for a partner and soTerry took to the table with Pete. No such problem for Nat West as there wasonly Chris and Tony there to play.In a classic doubles where the order of play dictated how it went Nat West wonthe first and third legs whilst Castaways wont the second and fourth thoughthe second was on deuce! This led to an enthralling fourth where both sidesknew they needed to play to their strengths and it looked as though Nat Westhad managed it racing to a 4-1 lead however Castaways clawed it back to 4-4
- though the sometimes-vital turn round point then went to Nat West so 5-4 atthe turn round.Nip and tuck followed but then Castaways managed to get a lead and ran outwinners to ensure the 5-5 draw and honours even.Man, of the match, was Chris who also progresses to 19 from 21, but is pushedall the way by Pete.Fascinating match that would be a worthy title decider in any othercircumstances but instead probably confirms Nat West’s third place and leavesCastaways struggling to get their nose back in front of Treasury.The Nat West and Castaways games against Treasury A now, if not already, areof huge significance to where the title ends up though this draw keepsCastaways noses in front in the event of a tie-on points!