U15s lead the way with landslide victories
THERE was a double success for Wycombe High School squash teams in the first round of the National Schools Championships.
The U15 girls played a double-header against Downe House School (Thatcham) A and B teams, and the Wycombe team of Bethan Draper, Cassie Green, Alysha Martin, Gina Mullis, Hannah Krasner and Lucy Herritty scored resounding 5-0 victories in both matches, dropping only one game.
They were due to play Millfield School (Somerset) yesterday (Wednesday), and then Bradfield College (Reading) on Thursday, November 27.
The U19 girls also played a double-header, against strong teams from Benenden School (Kent), and having lost the first game to Benenden A 3-2, despite wins from Rebecca Meyrick and Rachel Albin, they bounced back to beat Beneden B 4-1, with Meyrick and Albin winning again, along with Lauren Allington and Jessica Martin.
Both teams train at Wycombe Squash and Racketball Club (WSRC), who will host The Wycombe Racketball Open on Saturday, November 29. It is the eighth and final event of the 2014 UK Racketball Series, and only the third time Wycombe has hosted it.
Meanwhile, in Bucks Squash League Division One, champions and leaders Chesham Bois 1a beat their 1b clubmates 15-7 to stay top, but by only two points from100 per centers Beaconsfield Tigers, who beat WSRC 1s 19-5.
In Division Two, WSRC 2s travelled to Chesham Bois Juniors for a top-of-the-table clash and cruised into a 2-0 lead, with Petr Nedzarilik and Goff Power registering comfortable 3-0 wins, and it looked all over when Chris Popham also went 2-0 up, but a great fightback from home skipper Simon Clark made it 2-2.
But Popham burst the Juniors’ bubble to win 3-2, and Mark Brown and Andy Walters overcame stubborn resistance by Tom Ormiston and Andy Piper to wrap up a 19-3 overall win for Wycombe, who maintained their 100 per cent record and have a 19-point lead at the top.
In Division Three, WSRC 3s returned to winning ways with a 16-9 success at Buckingham, while WSRC 4s beat Chesham 1879 2s 18-5, but they trail leaders Beaconsfield Trojans by five points.
However, the ladies’ Swans team lost 13-5 to Beaconsfield Stripes. Dana Morgan and Brenda Ede lost to Katie Shaoul and Leona McNamee, before Beaconsfield stalwart Irene Machin clinched the points against Marian Holmes, but Bethan Draper at least grabbed some points for Wycombe with victory against Janette Wilkinson.
SUCCESSFUL: Wycombe High Schools U15 girls; (below left) the U19 girls