Luxembourg – Gibraltar 2-1
Danny Hutchines – Antony Brindle 11-8 2-11 11-6 7-11 5-11
Daniel Kaiser – Christian Navas 7-11 11-2 11-4 8-11 11-8
Stephane Ayache – Mark Tewkesbury 11-2 11-9 11-8
The first match of the event was against Gibraltar, the number 2 seeds. So we knew that this would be a tough match to start!
First on court was Danny Hutchines, who lost a long match in 5 sets.
Next on court was Daniel Kaiser. After losing the first set, Daniel started playing good squash, and his opponent became nervous, and started to make mistakes: Daniel won the 2nd and 3rd. But in the fourth it was Daniel who made the mistakes, and so the fifth set was decisive: Daniel never lost control, and despite some strange calls at the end of the set, he won it 11-8.
So, Stéphane’s game had to bring the decision. Stéphane won the first set convincingly, but his opponent struggled back and the second set was quite disputed, and finished with the score 11-9 for us. The third was also won by Stéphane, which meant that be beat Gibraltar 2-1
Luxembourg – Isle of Man
Danny Hutchines – Allister Crossley 11-3 11-6 11-1
Daniel Kayser – Tom Whiteway 9-11 11-8 11-7 11-5
Stéphane Ayache – Chris Corrigan 11-7 11-2 11-2
The match against Isle of Man became a convincing win for the Luxembourg team. Only Tom Whiteway, a 15 year old talent, gave some resistance to Daniel, by running to every ball Daniel played. In the end the Daniel prevailed and won in 4.