Payne’s Open vic­tory


Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

ALEX PAYNE won the Ash­ford Squash Open. He de­feated Ken Gwam in a tough four-game fi­nal at the Stour Cen­tre. Six­teen play­ers took part, with the for­mat of hand­i­caps and point-a-rally scor­ing help­ing to cre­ate an ex­cit­ing tour­na­ment. In the semi-fi­nals, Payne beat Neil Wil­liams 3-1, while Gwam saw off Paul Clifton 3-0. The fi­nal had both play­ers start­ing on nought with 15 points re­quired to win each game. Payne won the first 15-14 and Gwam the sec­ond by the same score be­fore Payne took the next two games 15-9, 15-13. The first round losers’ com­pe­ti­tion was won by Simon Cooper, who beat Pat Breen in a five-game match.

Ash­ford Squash Open win­ner Alex Payne, left, with Simon Cooper, cen­tre and Ken Gwam

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