Ri­vals’ slip hands ti­tle to Prest­bury

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - SQUASH GARETH EVANS

FOL­LOW­ING a week’s break for Easter, the men’s teams re­turned to ac­tion in the North West Coun­ties League last Thurs­day.

And a crit­i­cal evening it was to prove, too, es­pe­cially for three sides from Prest­bury, who be­tween them ex­pe­ri­enced the full spec­trum of sea­son­defin­ing emo­tions.

Prest­bury’s First Team faced lo­cal ri­vals Mac­cles­field Squash 1 know­ing that 18 points would con­firm them as Divi­sion Three South East cham­pi­ons.

In the event, the long-time, un­beaten di­vi­sional lead­ers came away with 17 as vic­to­ries for Mike Lo­mas, Rick Bower, Brian Lo­mas and Mike Quar­t­ley com­pleted a 4-1 win.

But, in the event, their clos­est chal­lengers Alder­ley Edge 3 failed to pick up max­i­mum points on the night – thereby en­sur­ing the ti­tle for Prest­bury with one match re­main­ing, iron­i­cally, against Alder­ley’s Third Team to­mor­row!

At the other end of the ta­ble, Prest­bury 2 se­cured safety with a week to spare, fol­low­ing a mag­nif­i­cent 5-0 vic­tory over Grove Park 4. Chris Dunker­ley, Paul Bar­tle, Ru­pert Richards, Graeme English and in­jured cap­tain Rob Thor­n­ey­croft all played their best, and bravest, squash in the course of pick­ing up a max­i­mum 20-points haul.

But while there was joy and relief for Prest­bury’s top two teams, their ‘Thirds’ suf­fered de­spair af­ter los­ing 5-0 in an­other lo­cal derby, against Bolling­ton 2, and hav­ing rel­e­ga­tion from Divi­sion Four South con­firmed.

Else­where, Bolling­ton’s First Team, al­though al­ready down, won for the sec­ond week in suc­ces­sion, as Divi­sion Two East vic­to­ries for Brig Simp­son, Chris Og­den and Oli Cun­ning­ham saw them beat Bow­don 2 by the odd match in five.

Base­ment-po­si­tion teams Mac­cles­field Squash 2 and Prest­bury 5 shared a sense of sym­me­try in los­ing against, re­spec­tively, Alder­ley Edge 5 in Divi­sion Four South and Alder­ley Edge 6 in Divi­sion Five South.

And, else­where in the lat­ter divi­sion, Prest­bury 4 ended their cam­paign with a 4-1 de­feat to promoted Knutsford Sports 3. The ‘Fourths’ still oc­cupy third place, but could yet be over­taken by Bolling­ton 3 who have one match left to play.

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