Bollington celebrate first win
THE third round of matches in the North West Counties Summer League South saw three teams from our local squash clubs in action.
And for Bollington 2 there was a hard-earned first victory to savour, as they visited Grove Park and edged out their hosts by the odd match in five.
Teenagers Martin Ogden and James Walton continued their excellent form from the winter season to win in straight games, while Eugene Mole was made to fight all the way, but eventually came through in the fifth, against Richard Isherwood at third string.
Bollington 1 were without a match - and remain without a victory, having suffered a 4-1 defeat to a strong Alderley Edge 1 side on their most recent outing the previous week. Martin Ogden again emerged with plaudits, however, for seeing off a higher-division opponent, Andrew Ronnie, in a five-game thriller.
Prestbury also had much to celebrate, so far as the prospects of their up-and-coming young players were concerned, when the club’s two teams met each other.
Fourteen-year old Jonny Murray gave an excellent account of himself, despite defeat against Prestbury 2 captain Gareth Evans. And two even-younger juniors - Rhys Asquith-Evans (12) and Kaamil Bhatti (13) – can be very proud of their team debuts, following an absorbing five games that saw Kaamil ultimately take the honours after Rhys had fought back from two-down.
One comeback that did succeed occurred at first string – with Mike Brauckmann returning from injury to overcome a two-game deficit against Stuart Melia, who was himself making a welcome return to team squash at Prestbury after a season’s absence.
Their fourth game was pivotal - stretching as it did far beyond the usual 15-point winning line to register 21-19 in Mike’s favour.
The other Prestbury pairings saw mathematicians Phil Colville and Ash Hanson contest four tight games to the nth degree, before the former triumphed, and Prestbury 1 skipper Mike Quartley overcome the challenge of Paul Bartle at the end of the evening to ensure a 3-2 victory and local bragging rights for his team.