Sum­mer league kicks off with derby

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - SQUASH GARETH EVANS

WITH end-of-win­ter­sea­son play-offs hav­ing been com­pleted the pre­vi­ous week­end, the North West Coun­ties Squash Sum­mer League be­gan this week.

Both Bolling­ton and Prestbury have en­tered two broadly-matched teams of mixed abil­ity in the South­ern Sec­tion of this com­pe­ti­tion, which will run for the next two months. And, as chance would have it, the open­ing night’s fix­tures in­cluded a lo­cal derby be­tween the clubs.

Prestbury 1, act­ing as hosts, were to edge out Bolling­ton 1 by the odd match in five – with all con­tests for the evening be­ing closely fought, al­beit ul­ti­mately pro­duc­ing straight-games vic­to­ries.

Brian Lo­mas and cap­tain Mike Quar­t­ley shook off some of their dis­ap­point­ment fol­low­ing the Prestbury First Team’s nar­row play-off fi­nal de­feat to beat, re­spec­tively, Andy Phillips and Martin Og­den. And a bat­tle of the ju­niors at fifth string saw Prestbury’s Greg Stanger over­come debu­tant Forbes Hunter.

Bet­ter for­tune was en­joyed by the vis­i­tors in the mid­dle-to-lower or­der, as Gareth Ainsworth and An­drew Berry picked up points for ‘Bolly’ by see­ing off the re­spec­tive chal­lenges of Dave Jones and Ash Han­son.

Prestbury 2 were with­out a match, while Bolling­ton 2 en­dured a tough start to their cam­paign - los­ing 5-0 at home against Alder­ley Edge 2.

With Alder­ley field­ing a Sec­ond Di­vi­sion reg­u­lar and two from Di­vi­sion Three, it was al­ways des­tined to be dif­fi­cult for the hosts who nev­er­the­less fought cred­itably with their team of lower di­vi­sion play­ers. In par­tic­u­lar, Nick Shatwell and ju­nior Ben Gayne ran their op­po­nents close - pick­ing up two games apiece.

Just ahead of the Sum­mer League’s start, play­ers at Prestbury had been in­volved in their an­nual Club Tour­na­ment.

The Men’s Fi­nal fea­tured top two seeds Paul and Mike Lo­mas. The cousins, with only three de­feats be­tween them for the whole of the win­ter sea­son, served up some typ­i­cally high-qual­ity squash be­fore Mike tri­umphed over three close games.

Jane Mackay’s name had al­ready graced the win­ners’ board with a re­mark­able 14 ap­pear­ances, be­fore she beat Linda Ma­her 3-0 in the Ladies’ Fi­nal to make it her 15th.

And it was the same score­line in the Men’s Plate, as for­mer teacher Phil Colville de­feated his King’s School re­place­ment Ash Han­son. What might have been the odds on that fi­nal pair­ing? Best ask one of them... they are, af­ter all, math­e­ma­ti­cians!

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