Sum­mer League quar­tet left empty handed

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL - SQUASH GARETH EVANS

WITH the North West Coun­ties East Di­vi­sion ti­tle hav­ing been sealed by Prest­bury 1 a week pre­vi­ously, at­ten­tion fo­cused last Thurs­day on the four other Sum­mer League teams from our lo­cal clubs and their col­lec­tive quest for mid- ta­ble re­spectabil­ity in the South Di­vi­sion.

By the end of the night’s play, this quar­tet oc­cu­pied all of the di­vi­sional ground be­tween fifth and eighth po­si­tions - al­beit with­out a sin­gle tri­umph from the evening to celebrate.

Fifth-placed Prest­bury 2, as well as Bolling­ton 2 in sixth, came clos­est to vic­tory - in each case be­ing edged out by the odd match in five against higher op­po­si­tion.

Bollin Grove tenants Rad­broke Hall, oc­cu­py­ing third place, re­ceived their Prest­bury land­lords - for whom Graeme English and 14-year-old Kaamil Bhatti se­cured 3-2 vic­to­ries over play­ers on tem­po­rary loan from the ‘away’ side.

But three straightgames wins for Rad­broke else­where on the card - in­clud­ing one by an­other Prest­bury loa­nee Gareth Evans - saw the no­madic hosts over the line.

While Prest­bury 2 ex­pe­ri­enced the un­usual sen­sa­tion of be­ing the vis­it­ing side within their own premises, Bolling­ton 2 were prop­erly at home in the vil­lage’s Leisure Cen­tre.

‘Bolly 2’ also put the ac­cent on youth against fourth-placed Club AZ by field­ing three ju­nior play­ers, and one - namely, James Walton (16) - de­liv­ered in style with an im­pres­sive 3-0 win against a Fourth Di­vi­sion Win­ter League reg­u­lar.

Gareth Ainsworth sim­i­larly pre­vailed in straight games for the home team - only for the vis­i­tors to claim the three re­main­ing strings.

Mac­cles­field Squash were with­out a fix­ture, and stay sev­enth - one po­si­tion above Bolling­ton 1, who ac­tu­ally climbed a place de­spite their 5-0 re­verse at lead­ers Crewe Va­grants.

The score in matches masks a valiant per­for­mance by the vis­it­ing team, who, on an­other night, could have claimed the over­all honours.

As it was, ‘Bolly 1’ had to make the long trek back from Wil­las­ton with at least a pos­i­tive po­si­tional change and six points to show for their ef­forts - cour­tesy of Rick Wal­ters, Martin Og­den and Neil Garner, who each suf­fered a nar­row 3-2 de­feat.

The last-named was par­tic­u­larly un­lucky - hav­ing been forced to re­tire from his third-string con­test, and con­cede the match, af­ter lead­ing by two games to one.

Quite lit­er­ally a case of adding to­gether in­sult and in­jury!

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