Bolling­ton cel­e­brate first win

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - SQUASH GARETH EVANS

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.

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