Prest­bury off the mark for sum­mer

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - SQUASH GARETH EVANS

THE pre­vi­ous fort­night has seen all four teams from our lo­cal squash clubs in North West Coun­ties Sum­mer League ac­tion - with a mixed bag of re­sults.

The fourth round of matches in the South Divi­sion, a week ago last Thurs­day, pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity for both Bolling­ton 1 and Prest­bury 2 to chalk up their first vic­to­ries of the cam­paign. And the lat­ter man­aged to do so im­pres­sively, as Nathan May­ers, Brian Lo­mas and Keith Tol­ley each won 3-1 to de­feat sec­ond-placed Alder­ley Edge 2 by the odd match in five.

Bolling­ton 1 must, how­ever, wait a lit­tle longer for that win­ning Sum­mer feel­ing – and re­main at the foot of the ta­ble – hav­ing been on the wrong end of the same score­line against Club AZ, de­spite wins by Gareth Ainsworth and ju­nior player James Wal­ton.

On the same night, Bolling­ton 2 faced a tough test at home to un­beaten league-lead­ers Bux­ton.

Teenager Martin Og­den, who has lost only twice since the turn of the year, con­tin­ued his fine run of form to pre­vail at fourth string, but the vis­i­tors re­turned to Der­byshire with a greater share of the over­all points af­ter win­ning 4-1.

Prest­bury 1 had cause to thank their club’s other team - tak­ing ad­van­tage of Alder­ley Edge 2’s de­feat at Bollin Grove to leapfrog into sec­ond po­si­tion fol­low­ing an em­phatic 4-1 vic­tory over (as co­in­ci­dence would have it) Alder­ley Edge 1.

Paul Lo­mas, Stu­art Melia and ju­nior Greg Stanger all won in straight games, while Mike Brauck­mann, for the sec­ond suc­ces­sive week, fought back from two games down to edge home in the fifth.

There was, alas, to be no hat-trick of Lazarus-like come­backs for ‘Braucks’ last Thurs­day, when Prest­bury 2 vis­ited Grove Park for a re­ar­ranged fix­ture. Af­ter con­ced­ing the first two games to Richard Slater-Hayes, he sur­vived sev­eral match points be­fore claim­ing the third but ul­ti­mately fell fol­low­ing a close-fought fourth.

A first-ever vic­tory for 14-year-old Jonny Mur­ray was the high­light of Prest­bury’s per­for­mance – al­though that, to­gether with cap­tain Gareth Evans’ suc­cess, did not prove quite enough as their Chea­dle Hulme hosts held out to win 3-2.

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