Prest­bury 1 top the ta­ble

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE - SQUASH GARETH EVANS

FOR the sec­ond week run­ning, last Thurs­day’s round of matches in the North West Coun­ties Sum­mer League in­volved four of the five teams from our lo­cal squash clubs.

Once again, too, a Bolling­ton side was granted a free evening by the fix­tures com­puter - with eighth-placed ‘Bolly 1’ the team to sit out on this oc­ca­sion, hav­ing kicked off their cam­paign with a pair of de­feats in the com­pe­ti­tion’s open­ing fort­night.

Bolling­ton 2 re­turned to ac­tion fol­low­ing their night off the pre­vi­ous Thurs­day, but also re­main with­out a win – and at the bot­tom of the ta­ble – af­ter trav­el­ling down to Wil­las­ton, and suf­fer­ing a 5-0 re­verse against South Di­vi­sion pace-set­ters Crewe Va­grants.

The un­beaten hosts fielded a strong line-up that pro­vided Bolling­ton’s play­ers with a tough set of chal­lenges - but, more pos­i­tively, some valu­able match ex­pe­ri­ence ahead of the forth­com­ing 2017/18 cam­paign in which two of the club’s win­ter teams will com­pete at a new, higher level. And Chris­tian Og­den and Rick Wal­ters each ran his top-or­der op­po­nent very close, be­fore be­ing edged out in the fifth game.

Else­where in the South Di­vi­sion, Mac­cles­field Squash, in fifth place, played host at the town’s Leisure Cen­tre to Prest­bury 2 - with the visi­tors se­cur­ing a sec­ond suc­ces­sive 3-2 vic­tory to move up to third.

The lo­cal derby fea­tured two pair­ings who took their con­tests to five games. Annika Hall, for the hosts, got over the line against Prest­bury’s Alan Whis­ton, and a high-oc­tane runaround at sec­ond string saw Prest­bury ju­nior Jonny Murray (15) even­tu­ally tri­umph over Daz Glazer. Mike Brauck­mann and Dave Jones added straightgames vic­to­ries to the win­ning Prest­bury tally, while Jon Stoker did like­wise for Macc.

The other team from Bollin Grove - ply­ing its sum­mer trade in the East Di­vi­sion - also won by the odd match in five for the sec­ond week run­ning. Bet­ter still, Prest­bury 1 now top the ta­ble af­ter host­ing and beat­ing New Mills.

Rob Thor­n­ey­croft cel­e­brated his re­turn to ac­tion from a knee in­jury with a 3-1 tri­umph at sec­ond string, and was joined in vic­tory by Stu­art Melia and 15-year-old Harry Mat­tocks - both of whom en­joyed straight-games wins against their Der­byshire op­po­nents.

The Sum­mer League is tak­ing a break to co­in­cide with half-term this week, but will re­sume with a full set of fix­tures a week to­mor­row (Thurs­day, 8 June).

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