Prest­bury teams home and hosed af­ter win brace

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - SQUASH GARETH EVANS

OUR lo­cal squash clubs were - for once at this time of year – thank­ful to be play­ing an in­door sport, as the lat­est week’s round of matches in the North West Coun­ties Sum­mer League South went ahead last Thurs­day evening.

While the Mac­cles­field area was be­ing lashed by mon­soon con­di­tions out­side, both Prest­bury sides edged their con­tests by the odd game in five to main­tain good se­quences of form.

The rain was bounc­ing off the A34 as Prest­bury 1 made the short trip north to visit Grove Park.

But the journey was well worth it - with top-or­der play­ers Mike Quar­t­ley and Rob Thor­n­ey­croft (the lat­ter of whom had re­turned for his sea­sonal de­but fol­low­ing a knee in­jury) chalk­ing up rel­a­tively com­fort­able 3-0 vic­to­ries, be­fore 14-yearold Jonny Mur­ray earned a sec­ond suc­ces­sive Thurs­day night scalp by beat­ing the more ex­pe­ri­enced Steve Glenis­ter in a five-game thriller.

Prest­bury 1 now sit on top of the league - at least un­til to­mor­row, when they will re­ceive sec­ond­placed Bux­ton in a prover­bial ’40-pointer’ fix­ture.

In the mean­time, Prest­bury 2 crept up to fourth po­si­tion fol­low­ing vic­tory at home over Club AZ. The for­tunes of the lo­cal team’s top two play­ers con­trasted starkly with those for Prest­bury 1, as Mike Brauck­mann and Paul Bar­tle strug­gled with spirit, but ul­ti­mately in vain, to over­come high-cal­i­bre op­po­nents at first and sec­ond strings.

Suc­cesses, how­ever, lower down the or­der for Graeme English, cap­tain Gareth Evans and Ash Han­son saw the hosts pre­vail.

Bolling­ton 1 vis­ited Alder­ley Edge, but re­main win­less and at the bot­tom of the ta­ble af­ter a 5-0 re­verse.

‘Bolly’ did not go down with­out a fight, though – with Mark Collins tak­ing his first-string con­test against Alex Har­ris to a fifth game that the lat­ter even­tu­ally edged by 17 points to 15.

Ju­nior James Wal­ton then gave an ex­cel­lent ac­count of him­self de­spite a 3-1 de­feat against for­mer Prest­bury reg­u­lar Mark Beale.

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