The first game of the new season. With 5/6 of last year’s championship winning team having disbanded, it would be very easy to feel pessimistic about the coming year. Following a loss in the same fixture last year we were expecting a tough start But with experienced players drafted in from the 2nd team (Alex, Krishan, Jack), a varsity grad from Oxford (Joe), and a new hot potting fresher (Alfie) this captain held some quiet optimism.
The first 2 frames went in Christ’s favour: Krishan with some nerves of steel on a few long pots, and Joe’s opponent carelessly potting the cue ball with the black. Some poor luck in the doubles and Peterhouse drew back to 2-1. Up stepped fresher Alfie and wasted little time in rattling in 6 and leaving the last red over the corner pocket. Inevitably, tough snookers followed, but that last red never fell – should have played the swerve shot! Alfie’s opponent was competent, and cleared up. 2-2. Some intriguing cushion bounces provided notable amusement for both teams. However, Peterhouse didn’t win another frame. Gazzard stepped in with some solid and thoughtful potting for 4-2, and myself and Jack efficiently won the last 3 frames. Due to a supervision that over ran, it was touch and go over whether Jack would arrive in time, but arrive he did and swept through his frame rapidly. A terrific performance to start the year. Is a repeat of last year’s championship winning campaign on the cards? Next up, St. John’s. Thank fully another home fixture.