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Lead­ers Green drubbed

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

AT THE top of Bucks Squash League Di­vi­sion One, it was Holmer Green’s turn to be thumped by Ayles­bury Gram­mar School, the schol­ars win­ning 18-6.

This ex­tended their lead over their pre­vi­ous vic­tims, Bea­cons­field Tigers who, hav­ing fi­nally tasted de­feat last week, were mauled by their Lions club-mates, end­ing level on game points but los­ing 3-2 on rub­bers to con­cede the four bonus points for a 14-10 re­sult.

That left room for cham­pi­ons Che­sham Bois 1a to squeeze past Tigers after a suc­cess­ful jour­ney to Wy­combe. The home team started brightly, with Charlie Need­ham and Petr Nedzari­lik soon at 2-0 and 1-1, but while Need­ham went on to beat Huw Rid­dell 3-0, Paul Bolden pulled it back 3-1 for Che­sham.

Dan Colquhoun then got the vis­i­tors’ noses in front with a 3-1 win over Adam Pyne and, with ev­ery­thing to play for, the top pairs went into what turned out to be epic bat­tles, with the scales tilt­ing in Che­sham’s favour both times.

Owen Rid­dell and Sam Pothe­cary both won 3-2 against Stu­art Bur­nett and Telmo Peix­inho for an over­all 17-9 re­sult, but Wy­combe’s fight­ing dis­play took them off the bot­tom to over­take Ayles­bury and Che­sham Bois 1b, who were soundly beaten 18-5 by Ger­rards Cross.

The Wy­combe match was also no­table in that three rub­bers were played us­ing tra­di­tional ‘hand out’ scor­ing, in which play­ers can score only when serv­ing, and two were played us­ing ‘Point a Rally’ (first to 11 points), which has been used in ma­jor com­pe­ti­tions for some years now to pre­vent long matches and over­run­ning sched­ules.

Di­vi­sion Two, mean­while, seems to be turn­ing into a one-horse race, with Wy­combe Squash & Rack­et­ball Club seconds lead­ing by some 40 points after an eighth suc­ces­sive win – their best start for some years at least.

They beat Holmer Green seconds 16-5 in what was nom­i­nally a top-of-the-ta­ble clash, with wins for Dun­can Swal­low, Matt Al­lan­son, Peter Nedzari­lik, and skip­per Mark Brown, while Dean Her­rity replied with a 3-0 win.

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