The Baker Tilly corporate squash league saw some dramatic changes in round 3 on Thursday night.
AON Red Tornadoes ran rings around league front-runner DMS, winning four out of their five matches to win on points 10-4, which moved them up from third position to share the lead with DMS, both on 28 points.
KPMG Kman were also subdued by Team Undecided 9-4 on points after the matches finished 3-2 to Undecided.
KPMG Kman claimed the D string and doubles, but were outplayed in positions A, B and C.
KPMG Kobras, however, were the standout team of the night, bringing out more of a purr than a roar from RBC Lions.
The Kobras’ A player, Erik Fell, overcame Alistair Cowper 3-0. The B players, Patrick McConvey and Claire Smith, had the same result. The C player representing RBC Lions gave a better account of himself and took the first game off Alex Johnson 12-10, but then Johnson found his stride, winning the next game and never looked back, closing out the match 3-1.
So it was down to the RBC Lions D player, Jamie Davis, to restore the team’s pride.
He started well and kept the score within a point against KPMG Kobras’ Johan Fourrie, narrowly losing the first game 11-9. The second was another nail-biter and went the same way, 11-9 to KPMG,
In the third game, Davis managed to squeeze a couple of errors out of Fourrie and take the tie break 13-11.
This game seemed to be replayed again, and the fourth was exactly the same, going 13-11 RBC Lions’ way. In the fifth game, points were traded evenly throughout, with Fourrie sneaking ahead midway 7-5, then Davis clawing his way back, managing to take the lead 8-7 only to seem winded by his efforts, which led to two sloppy mistakes giving KPMG the lead 9-8.
This was evened up with a stroke to the Lions, but it didn’t stop the Kobras, who seemed to be a little more focused. It paid of with two successive, tremendous strikes into the back corner of the court, both of which proved to be unreturnable, giving KPMG Kobras the maximum 13 points and bumping them up to equal third place alongside KPMG Kman.