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Good Morning! Today is fully overcast, but about 20 degrees and only a gentle wind. I'm in shirtsleeves.
The Aust v US matches are on courts 4, 5 and 6, so I'm in a tent remote from the clubhouse. I will try to cover the thre matches but will miss parts of each.
Court 4. Robert Fletcher & Tim O'Leary v Jeff Soo & Rich Lamm.
Court 5. Ken Bald & Malcolm Fletcher v Danny Huneycutt & Jim Bast, partially obscured from where I sit.
Court 6. Ian Dumergue and Stephen Forster v Ben Rothman & David Maloof.
15 Jan 2014 8:16AM (Tournament); 41 Readers
Court 5. Danny is in play again. His clip is still on 4.
15 Jan 2014 8:31AM (Tournament); 82 Readers
Court 5. Danny has reached 4b but one Australian clip is now on 2. Danny is making a leave which looks like a diagonal spread.
15 Jan 2014 8:39AM (Tournament); 87 Readers
Court 5. Danny's clip, U, is on 4b and Jim Bast, K, is in play. He makes 2 and has a break, with the Australian clips on 1 and 2. His partner clip is on 4b.
15 Jan 2014 8:50AM (Tournament); 100 Readers
Court 5. Jim's clip is on 4, Danny's on 4b, Malcolm's on 2 and Ken is in play, has a controlled break with all the balls and has reached 4.
15 Jan 2014 8:56AM (Tournament); 109 Readers
Court 5. Ken Bald has reached 1b.
15 Jan 2014 9:03AM (Tournament); 123 Readers
Court 5. Jim Bast hit in, has made 5 and has a three-ball break. Danny and Ken's clips are on 4b, Malcolm's on 2. Jim has lost some control and bounces off 6. Malcolm hits in and has a break.
Court 6. Ian has full control, making 6 with all the balls.
15 Jan 2014 9:15AM (Tournament); 124 Readers
Court 5. Y, Malcolm, has made 2, 3 and 4 but bounces off 5. Jim, K, hits U, splits it to 2 but goes 8y past Y at 5, calls a referee and hits Y, has a break.
15 Jan 2014 9:29AM (Tournament); 136 Readers
I need a coffee and nibble, so will be back shortly.
15 Jan 2014 9:31AM (Tournament); 138 Readers
Court 5. K, Jim's, clip is on the peg, U, Danny's, is on 4b, R, Ken's is on 4b and Y, Malcolm's on 5. The Us players have just made a leave with no lift, and Malcolm shoots at their balls, 18y, and hits.
15 Jan 2014 9:56AM (Tournament); 142 Readers
Court 5. Malcolm' clip remains on 5 and the US has just made a leave in II with Ken's ball in III and Malcolm, near I. Ken misses the oppo's balls.
Court 6. Stephen has just jawsed his partner ball in 4b, rushed an oppo ball to 6, made 6, sent the oppo ball to the peg and roqueted the partner ball, peeled it and rushed the other oppo ball which was close to 4b, to 1b.He gets a good rush on the ball near the peg to 2b. He has completed the penult peel and is lined up for the rover peel. Y goes through but R doesn't and he calls a referee and makes the hoop, without touching Y. He finishes. Australia 1 - nil.
15 Jan 2014 10:17AM (Tournament); 141 Readers
Court 5. Ken has pegged off Jim's ball. Danny just missed a 35 yarder at the Australian balls and Malcolm has made 5. He leaves Danny's ball near IV and approaches 6, but will set up on the N bdry.
15 Jan 2014 10:39AM (Tournament); 142 Readers
Court 5. Y, Malcolm's, clip is now on 2b and Danny's still on 4b.
15 Jan 2014 10:59AM (Tournament); 159 Readers
Court 5. Malcolm and Danny's clips are both on 4b. Danny just hit a 26 yard shot and hit Ken's ball. He rushes Malcolm's ball to 3b and just makes the hoop with no rush. He is taking croquet from the N bdry. He gets a 3y position for penult with Malcolm's ball at rover but bounces off.... When I look back Malcolm is in play with all the balls. He has made 4b.
Court 6. David's clip is on 4 and Dtephen is in play. He is making 4 with the peelee on the wire of 4b.
15 Jan 2014 11:16AM (Tournament); 150 Readers
Court 5. Malcolm finishes.
15 Jan 2014 11:18AM (Tournament); 150 Readers
Court 6. Stephen's clip is on 2b with his partner jawsed in 4b, it's hoop. David has just stuck in 5 and Stephen hits that ball our of the hoop. He has an easy start to a break from 1b.
Court 5 are at lunch.
15 Jan 2014 11:32AM (Tournament); 153 Readers
Court 6. Stephen goes to the peg, leaves R between 1 and 2, Y at the peg, wired from R, U and K both on the eb, with a rush to 4b for Ian. David misses his partner from A baulk into II. Ian rushes to the N bdry, near III, goes to Y, leaves it near II and takes off to R, leaves R 5y N of 1, takes off to position at 4 b and bounces off.
Both courts have now gone to lunch.
15 Jan 2014 12:00PM (Tournament); 138 Readers
Court 4 returned from lunch and have played several turns while my back was turned. K (Robert) is near I with a rush to 1, it's hoop. R is 8y N of 4.
Court 6 is back.
15 Jan 2014 1:03PM (Tournament); 120 Readers
I just had to walk right back to the clubhouse to send the last lot of text. I suspect the WiFi is becoming overloaded as there are so many people cconnected.
Court 6. Stephen has pegged out.
Court 4. Robert, K, is making 4b with the peelee's clip, U, nowhere to be seen. He sends R to W of the peg by a foot or two, sends the peelee to 4y N of rover and makes penult off Y. Obviously he has already done the first two peels. Y is sent to 3 y W of rover. R is sent to 3y SE of rover. The peelee is rushed to 2ft straight. He lines them up and both go through. He finishes.
I will move to get a better view of Court 5.
15 Jan 2014 1:31PM (Tournament); 129 Readers
Court 5, the only remaining match in the Aust v US Test.
The US clips are on 4b and penult. Malcolm's is on 4b and Ken is in play, just made 4, collecting Y from the N bdry and getting a rush on R to a yard W of. 6. He makes the hoop, no forward rush, and goes to U to tidy up his break. He seems to have abandoned any peeling as he just sent the peelee, U, as a pioneer to 1b. After 1b it is sent to 3b and he has good control. But he misses a 3y return roquet after 2b!
There is a clear blue sky, about 2/8 cloud, mostly on the horizon. There is still a nagging wind which makes it a little cool in the shade. I just tried to send the above three paras of text but it did not go, so must have been dropped off the WiFi again. I will continue to comment and will send all the text from the clubhouse when the game is finished.
Danny lifts his R to B baulk, hits Ken's ball, makes penult and Jim comes out for a discussion. He sends his partner ball towards I and does not intend to make rover. U is sent to 2y E of 3, K is left 2y N of 2, probably wired from U, Malcolm' ball. The balls are left in I with a rush to the peg. Malcolm shoots and misses the 40 yarder. Jim goes to the peg and leaves his balls near II, with K 9y NNE of 4 and U 10 yards NNW of 1.
One game all.
15 Jan 2014 2:35PM (Tournament); 28 Readers
Game 3. They started while I was getting a coffee. Apparently Danny, on turn 5, went off the court. Malcolm is in play and has made 5. All the other clips are on 1. He has all the balls and is in control. He goes to 4b and tried to put U on the NE wire of 4 but it rolled to where it is open to A baulk. R is sent close to IV and Y goes to II.
There is now 4/8 cloud cover and it is cold in the shade. There is still a wind, but not apparently troubling the players much
Jim rushes U to 1, too hard, but it hits the hoop and stops in front. He makes 1, rushes U to 8y N of 4, takes off to K but fails to get the rush to 2 or Y in II. He rushes it to 4y SW of 1 and plays the big split, sending R 4y past 3 and almost going off the N bdry close to Y. He rolls hoop 2 but puts Y S of the hoop and is wired. He shoots at and just misses U, a few yards NE of 4.
15 Jan 2014 3:27PM (Tournament); 31 Readers
Court 3, not 4 for the singles game, Fletcher v Rothman.
Court 5. Whoops, not a diagonal spread. His balls are in IV and 5 yards N of IV.
15 Jan 2014 3:49PM (Tournament); 27 Readers
Court 3. Robert, R, makes 4 and rushes K to 3y past 4b. He sends K to 6 (with U at 5) and gets a good position to do the rush-peel. He hits it hard but the peelee comes out of the hoop by 2 ft to the SW. He takes off to U at 5, putting the peelee, Y, back in front of 4b, 2 ft out. He makes 5 with a backward rush, sends U to 2y S of 1b and R going to 5y W of Y, which he hits to the eb. He sends Y to 2y E of 1b, going to K at 6, makes 6, sends K to mid-court, rushes R back to the N bdry, sends it to 2b and makes 1b off the peelee, which goes to 3b. His half-roll to send Y to 3b and R to K mid-court was remarkably gentle. Obviously the court is faster than earlier as the wind and sun do their work. He has abandoned any peeling, I expect. He goes to the peg, pegs off K, puts Y in IV and R 12 y N of it.
Court 5. Ken, R, goes to the peg and sets a diagonal spread.
While watching the other game Malcolm finishes.
Australia wins, 2 - 1, thus winning all three doubles matches played today
15 Jan 2014 4:39PM (Tournament); 21 Readers
Court 3, the only remaining match in the US v Australia Test, Robert v Ben.
Ben goes to 10 y E of II
Australia wins, 2 - nil.
15 Jan 2014 4:50PM (Tournament); 9 Readers
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