MCC vs MTRC – October 2014

MCC were a little too strong for a depleted Manchester team, despite reinforcements in the shape of four players borrowed for the day (Nigel a Brassard, Christie Marrian, Clive Picton & Peter Brunner). The first doubles was a close and exciting encounter between four players familiar with the court, none of whom were, however, actually members of MTRC. The two honorary Mancunians nonetheless upheld the honour of the Club by managing to secure a narrow victory for the visitors by two sets to one.

In the opening singles, it seemed at first that Andrew Mountain might maintain the winning momentum, but Ronald Paterson, who knows the court at Lord’s better than most, held off his challenge to take the first set and was able to cruise to victory in the second. In the next doubles match, there was little between the teams in the first set. East’s steady play enabled him to win each of his first four service games whilst Hegarty was at first utterly mystified by Wise’s service and lost all four of his. But Manchester just managed to edge the first set, as Hegarty belatedly started to strike the ball with some degree of conviction; and the newly energised duo then romped away in the second set to take the match. In the following doubles, Andrew Mountain and his partner, Christie Marrian, once again started strongly against Ronald Paterson and Peter Dean. But Dean’s play improved steadily throughout the match resulting in another victory for MCC by two sets to one. All, therefore, turned on the final singles between Phil Beard and honorary Mancunian Peter Brassard. But Beard proved too strong for his opponent and secured the match in straight sets.