Prest­bury pair suf­fer slim de­feats

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - SQUASH GARETH EVANS

BOTH of Prest­bury’s squash teams were in North West Coun­ties Sum­mer League South ac­tion last Thurs­day – only for each to end up on the wrong end of a nar­row 3-2 de­feat.

Prest­bury 1 made the short trip to As­traZeneca’s Alder­ley Park Sport Club, and took on Club AZ - with cap­tain Phil Colville get­ting the vis­i­tors off to a wel­come start, cour­tesy of a com­fort­able 3-0 vic­tory at fourth string.

Ash Han­son found the go­ing a lit­tle tougher against his op­po­site num­ber, who, while new to team squash, proved a tricky ad­ver­sary over the course of four close games. But Prest­bury’s fifth-stringer – a last-minute re­place­ment on the night – not only dug deep but also pre­vailed to win 3-1.

Paul Bar­tle and Graeme English, at one and two re­spec­tively, found them­selves pit­ted against high-cal­i­bre op­po­nents – and it was to the credit of both Prest­bury play­ers that they ran the AZ Club-men close in their first two games, be­fore the pa­tience and ac­cu­racy of the hosts en­sured a pair of straight-game vic­to­ries.

With Prest­bury’s Paul Ma­her re­turn­ing to ac­tion for the first time af­ter suf­fer­ing a bro­ken arm in Fe­bru­ary, and his third-string op­po­nent Simon Hop­kin­son strug­gling with back trou­ble, lit­tle money would have been on their con­test be­com­ing match of the night. But a pul­sat­ing tus­sle was to en­sue - with Simon’s pre­cise touch shots ul­ti­mately edg­ing the hon­ours his way by the odd game in five.

Hav­ing had a free Thurs­day in the pre­vi­ous week, Prest­bury 2 kicked off the Sum­mer League cam­paign by re­ceiv­ing Bux­ton.

The Der­byshire club is renowned for its pro­lif­er­a­tion of left-handed play­ers. And, true to form, three of them oc­cu­pied the vis­i­tors’ top or­der – al­though Prest­bury’s Nathan May­ers and cap­tain Gareth Evans did well to see off the re­spec­tive chal­lenges of Rick Wal­ters and op­pos­ing skip­per Steve Hol­lick.

Keith Tol­ley – by co­in­ci­dence, a Bux­ton player ‘guest­ing’ for the hosts over the sum­mer – faced the third of the left-han­ders, and win­ter team-mate, Dan May­ers

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