IN the quiet hamlet of Falkland on Thursday evening, the Lundin juggernaut was finally halted as the men fell to their first league defeat in almost two years.
John Murdoch was restored to the side at the expense of the previous week’s debutante John White, to team up with Stuart Kerr, while the familiar pairings of Jamie and Jim Douglas, with Brian Ortmann and Andy Cargill, retained their positions.
The Douglas pairing opened with a horrendous first set, winning no games against the hosts’ second pairing. Jamie’s injury from the prevous week again caused him problems.
Kerr and Murdoch also lost their opening encounter, albeit by a slightly healthier scoreline of 4-6 versus Falkland’s thirds, when at one stage it appeared they were in command.
Brian Ortmann and partner Andy Cargill faced the toughest of the opposition’s pairings in their first encounter of the evening and, after losing out in the first set 1-6, they produced some excellent tennis in an exciting contest and took their counterparts to a tie-break.
Luck was not with the Lundin pair, though, and they too left the court with nothing to show for their courageous efforts.
It was now the turn of Kerr and Murdoch to face their respective pairing and the two fought well in sharing the spoils with scores of 6-3, 4-6 to claim Lundin’s first point of the contest.
Ortmann and Cargill, clearly smarting from their previous encounter, made light work of Falkland’s thirds, destroying the pair with an emphatic 6-0 hammering which gave Lundin a faint glimmer of hope.
The Douglas pairing found the hosts’ top pairing too hot to handle and could manage only two games in a 2-6 reversal.
Entering the final round of the match, Lundin needed a clean sweep to secure a draw and maintain their long unbeaten run, but this was not to be. Ortmann and Cargill were unable to rediscover their previous form and capitulated in returning a 2-6 scoreline.
The Douglas duo secured consolation points for the visitors by sweeping aside Falkland’s third pairing with scores of 6-1, 6-0.
Rounding the night off, Lundin’s comedy duo of Kerr and Murdoch frustrated the home side’s top seeds, with their unorthodox style and game play.
Continually bamboozling their opponents and themselves by interchanging places, combining a series of curious shot selections, they eventually went down by a score of 3-6.