After the easy win last week, we are facing Torrisholme A tonight in an away game. We beaten them 11-7 last time in our home game but it won't be easy this time as Brenda is still injured. And I noticed that they have a new men player. Should be interesting.
And what a night it was! Paul and I had a very tough match and we split 15-10, 13-15. It was very tiring and then I had to partner Tim for our second men double match and again the result was a close one. We won both sets 17-15, 15-6 but the truth is that it could goes either way.
After several more mixed double matches, I realised that I need to win my mixed double match with Eddie. We tried our best but still lost both sets 12-15, 10-15. In the end we lost 8-10 overall. If only...
Since our lost in the cup match, we are no longer playing every week unlike Team B who are still in the cup competition. This week we are playing one of the weakest team in our division, Hest Bank C. Last time we met them we won easily 13:5. Since Brenda had to take a rest due to her wrist injury, this is the perfect opportunity to familiarise myself with my new partner, Eddie.
I had good game in my men doubles matches. Paul and I won 15-5, 15-10, last time we were split. Tim and I also won 15-8, 17-14 although we had a scare during the second set when we were trailing 12-14. We were also split last time when we met them. My first double match with Eddie was shaky in the first set as we lost 9-15 but we regained our confidence and won the second set 15-12. Overall, we won 14:4, not bad at all.
Currently our 'usrah' programmes amongst the Malaysian men and women have been progressing nicely in each alternate weekends. The ladies have their own blog which is Helwa Lancaster and they are quite active in updating the entries. The men have started their own blog too and it is called Majlis Ilmu Lancaster. Hopefully every note of discussion will be uploaded in this blog so that if anyone unable to attend the programme, they can at least visit the blog and read the points of discussion. Of course it won't be the same like attending by yourself but it is better than nothing.
After nearly a month break, the league resumes and our first match of 2008 is against the current runners-up, Hest Bank B. We lost 4-14 in the early season and any points against them is actually a bonus. So when Paul and I won our first set 15-7, we thought of doing better than last time we met them, which is to win both sets. Unfortunately, we lost 15-17 in a very tight match. I suffered the same fortune with Tim when we won 15-7 in the first set and lost 13-15 in the second although we were leading 13-9 at one time.
Brenda injured her wrist again and really struggling especially with her backhand. In the first set we lost 11-15 but it was an evenly match. However, she couldn't cope with the pain anymore in the second set and we surrendered the set rather easily, 4-15. I heard that Brenda might had to take a few weeks break so I'm definitely will be playing with a new partner in our next match.
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.. or in this case... two women. I initially managed to control the whole American continent (North and South). But then my wife (jmaa) attacked Brazil from North Africa and whilst I was busy attending to that, Idlan attacked from Kamchatka. Make you wonder if they are colluding somehow.. hmmm...
I was surfing the internet in my living room when my wife called. She was on her way to Stoke with her friends shopping for bone china. She asked whether it is snowing in Lancaster. As I looked outside the window, there is indeed snow falling! I'm a bit excited because last winter there is hardly any snow in this part of region, mainly because it is a coastal area and it's other sides are surrounded by mountains. However, when I checked the Met Office website, the snow is just temporary, at least until early Friday morning. Not enough to build a snowman, I suppose. Still, something to cherish in this long and dull winter.