Mcdon­ald’s day

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport -

Hor­sham Squash Club is hail­ing a new cham­pion af­ter a thrilling A Grade fi­nal that was de­cided on the last point.

Young chal­lenger Hay­den Mcdon­ald and reign­ing cham­pion War­ren Frost thrilled the large crowd with a spec­tac­u­lar dis­play of des­per­ate and see-saw­ing squash.

Frost had won five of the past seven cham­pi­onships and used his ex­pe­ri­ence to burst from the blocks with a power game.

He took the first set in a close en­counter be­fore Mcdon­ald hit back with a game of pre­ci­sion and hard run­ning to even the game at a set all.

Frost then dug deep and lifted an­other level to put away the third set be­fore Mcdon­ald came back to take a nail-bit­ing fourth set and keep his chances alive.

The fi­nal set saw the two gla­di­a­tors battle point for point to reach 14-all. As the re­ceiver, Frost was asked if he wanted to play first to 17 or first to 15. He chose the lat­ter and af­ter a 12-stroke rally, Mcdon­ald tucked his shot just out of Frost’s reach to be­come the new club cham­pion.

Life mem­ber Jacky Adlington claimed her first cham­pi­onship win since 1998 to take out the B Grade ti­tle in three close sets against Mar­cus Wil­liamson.

Zac Gor­man also won in three sets against his reg­u­lar prac­tice part­ner Wendy Davies to win the C Grade cham­pi­onship. Fi­nal scores: A Grade, Hay­den Mcdon­ald 66:3:1 d War­ren Frost 59:2:0; B Grade, Jacky Adlington 45:3:1 d Mar­cus Wil­liamson 35:0:0; C Grade, Zac Gor­man 45:3:1 d Wendy Davies 22:0:0.

WINNERS: Mcdon­ald. A Grade fi­nal­ists War­ren Frost, left, and Hay­den

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