Prest­bury pair pick up derby vic­to­ries

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - SQUASH GARETH EVANS

THE fix­tures com­piler for the North West Coun­ties Sum­mer League gen­er­ated some ad­di­tional in­ter­est last Thurs­day, so far as our lo­cal squash clubs in the South Divi­sion were con­cerned.

As part of a ‘dou­blederby’ sched­ule on the same night, Bolling­ton 1 re­ceived Prest­bury 2 and Prest­bury 1 played host to Bolling­ton 2 – with Prest­bury’s sides ul­ti­mately en­joy­ing the lo­cal brag­ging rights in each in­stance.

‘Bolly’, to be fair, had to face not only the on-court challenge of their near-neigh­bours’ teams - but also an off-court one in the form of half-term hol­i­days which ren­dered some reg­u­lar play­ers un­avail­able for se­lec­tion.

And, con­se­quently, the re­spec­tive events at Bolling­ton and Prest­bury were run as four-a-side and three-a-side af­fairs.

Bot­tom-of-the-ta­ble Bolling­ton 1, in the face of a one-string deficit, re­quired suc­cess in three of their fix­ture’s four matches that went ahead. And the hosts made a de­cent fight of it by win­ning twice.

Forbes Hunter over­came Greg Stanger 3-1 in a fifth-string bat­tle of the sixth-for­m­ers, to avenge a straight-games re­verse on the open­ing night of the Sum­mer League sea­son.

And Mark Collins edged out Prest­bury’s Bux­ton loa­nee Keith Tol­ley by the odd game in five.

But ac­com­plished 3-0 vic­to­ries for Stu­art Melia and cap­tain Phil Colville, against Olli Ste­wart and Will Jor­dan re­spec­tively, saw Prest­bury 2 home – tak­ing the vis­i­tors up one po­si­tion to fifth.

There may have been just the three pair­ings to watch in the fix­ture at Prest­bury – although each ap­peared suf­fi­ciently well matched to pro­duce some closely fought, and en­ter­tain­ing, games.

Andrew Berry got Bolling­ton 2 off the mark with a straight-games tri­umph – but was made to fight all the way by ju­nior player Keon Raked.

And it was to prove his side’s only suc­cess, as 3-1 wins for Nathan May­ers and Paul Ma­her against brothers Chris and Martin Og­den dou­bled Prest­bury 1’s two-match walkover ad­van­tage to en­sure a 4-1 vic­tory over­all.

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