Experience counts in the Annual Past versus Present
Despite a typical deficit of 44 points after the Singles, the Past rallied in the doubles to narrow the gap to just 5 points at the turn, then scampered away in the concluding round of matches to win by 236-207.
CURFC’s quartet of Singles players, Ed Kay, Jacob Brubert, James Pinder and Oli Quarry – the latter two deputising for Ben Beltrami and Matt Shaw – got the Present off to a dynamic start, giving little quarter to the Past’s Charlie Brooks, Jack Malde, Elliott Malone and debutant Charlie Dewhurst, though the latter extended his opponent for rather longer than the others in picking up his 7 points.
For the doubles in came Andy Pringle to partner Charlie Books in the first pair match against Kay and Jacob Ader. This turned out to be a close affair in which the Present garnered just 4 further points. In the third pair CU’s Quarry and Aurelien Gueroult also picked up a valuable point in their two games against Dewhurst and fellow debutant Rupert Mathieu. But in the remaining two matches the Past began the process of clawing back points, with Charles Compton & Tom Chase beating James Pinder & Laurence Cook 15-8 and 15-7, while Wilson Lau & Ian Jackson did considerable damage in the fourth pair match against Cameron Jenkins & Ladies’ Captain Cassi Henderson. Yes – this was the first, historic appearance in the Past v. Present of a lady player!
For the second round of Doubles the Past subbed in the usual selection of fresh players: Elliott Malone, Gareth Quarry, Dave Hebden and the legendary Martin Wilkinson & Martin Robinson. Oli Quarry & Aurelien Gueroult put up more than effective resistance against Gareth Quarry & Charles Compton but elsewhere it all went the way of the Past. No one was more pleased than The Churchill Boys!