Four teams in ac­tion for sum­mer league

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL - SQUASH GARETH EVANS

THE sec­ond week’s round of matches in the North West Coun­ties Sum­mer League last Thurs­day saw four of the five teams from our lo­cal squash clubs in ac­tion.

Bolling­ton 2 were the side without a match - while Bolling­ton 1, like their bot­tom-of-the-ta­ble club-mates, re­main without a vic­tory af­ter suf­fer­ing a 4-1 de­feat at home to a strong Alder­ley Edge side.

Rick Wal­ters emerged with con­so­la­tory plau­dits, how­ever, for see­ing off the chal­lenge of Alder­ley’s for­mer Sec­ond Di­vi­sion player from The North­ern, Steve Bro­mage.

Mac­cles­field Squash were on the wrong end of the same score­line at Club AZ.

The Alder­ley Park hosts fielded a line-up com­pris­ing, for the most part, reg­u­lars who had helped them se­cure pro­mo­tion from Di­vi­sion Four South last month - and their first four par­tic­i­pants on the night all romped home in straight games be­fore Ken Ni­cholls, at fifth string, picked up the stand-alone vic­tory for Macc.

There were bet­ter for­tunes for both Prest­bury teams - with each side edging its fix­ture by the odd match in five for a first win of this year’s com­pe­ti­tion.

Prest­bury 2 - com­pet­ing with the Bolling­ton and Mac­cles­field teams in the South Di­vi­sion - played host to Bux­ton. Straightgames vic­to­ries for cap­tain Mike Quar­t­ley, debu­tant Alan Whis­ton and ju­nior player Kaamil Bhatti (14) com­bined to get the Bollin Grove side off the mark for the sum­mer.

East Di­vi­sion out­fit Prest­bury 1, mean­while, made the short trip up the A34 to Grove Park and came away with the spoils, thanks to a win by skip­per An­drew Wors­ley, as well as a vic­to­ri­ous fa­ther-and-son dou­ble act fea­tur­ing Chris and 15-year-old Jonny Mur­ray.

The team, now up to third place, cur­rently en­joys the high­est Sum­mer League po­si­tion of all the sides from in and around the town – al­though it is, of course, still early days...

The fol­low­ing (Fri­day) evening saw play­ers at Prest­bury in­volved in their well-at­tended an­nual Club Tour­na­ment.

The Men’s Fi­nal, for the sec­ond year run­ning, fea­tured cousins Paul and Mike Lo­mas – with Paul gain­ing re­venge for a straight-games de­feat in 2016 to tri­umph 3-2 and chalk up his eighth ti­tle.

There was also a re­peat of last year’s en­counter in the Ladies’ Fi­nal - which this time around pro­duced an en­thralling en­counter be­tween Linda Ma­her and reign­ing, 15-time, cham­pion Jane Mackay, be­fore the lat­ter tri­umphed over four close games to re-claim the crown once more.

The Men’s ‘B’ Fi­nal proved a typ­i­cally high-qual­ity con­test be­tween club coach Brian Lo­mas and the even­tual win­ner Rob Al­cock - while the Men’s and Ladies’ Plates were awarded to David Fitz­patrick and Jen Pow­ell, fol­low­ing their re­spec­tive vic­to­ries over Alan Whis­ton and Anne Yates.

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