Prestbury teams home and hosed after win brace
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.