Leaders Green drubbed
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.