Sun, sea... for a game

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PRAYERS and pluck helped a sports team on their trip to Cyprus.

Che­sham In­ter­na­tional Squash Team (CHIST) flew to the is­land for their 13th con­sec­u­tive in­ter­na­tional match – and even found time to en­ter a monastery.

This year the in­trepid team mem­bers chal­lenged Cyprus, trav­el­ling to Li­mas­sol on the is­land’s south coast.

The 12-strong team, who had drawn in tense match against the French in Lille last year, had great match against a for­mi­da­ble and very fit Cypriot team, and al­though ev­ery game was hard fought, valiant Che­sham man­aged just one out­right vic­tory, an in­spired Neil Hollister clinch­ing a close, throat­clutch­ing match with Cyprus num­ber 2 Ge­orge Sko­rdis.

Cyprus lady coach Vaso Karasava told us there had been com­pe­ti­tion to join the squad that played the plucky Che­sham play­ers – all from Che­sham 1879 ten­nis and squash club.

Vet­eran player David Ou­vry quipped: “The Cypri­ots hadn’t heard of Che­sham be­fore they met the team. They have now!”

Neil Hollister and Ge­orge Sko­rdis won the best match medal, whilst the most promis­ing player awards went to Che­sham’s adroit Paul Grif­fiths and Cyprus’ young Alexan­dros Vaskerithian.

Whilst 10 of the in­di­vid­ual matches fea­tured squash, for the first time in the his­tory of th­e­ses an­nual tour­na­ments, there were two racket ball matches, with Che­sham play­ers Tim Pritchard- Jones and Alan Clark.

Racket ball is played on a squash court, with a short racket and very bouncy larger black ball, en­joyed by both ten­nis and squash play­ers.

David Ou­vry said: “This was our 13th an­nual in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ment, fol­low­ing Bel­gium, Ger­many, Hol­land, Scot­land, North­ern Ire­land, Jer­sey, the Isle of Man, Ire­land, Por­tu­gal, Poland, Malta and France.

“It all be­gan one day when our group of un­usu­ally stylish Sat­ur­day morn­ing play­ers de­cided that it was time to chal­lenge not just other clubs, but other coun­tries.”

Af­ter the match, Cypri­ots took the team to a typ­i­cal Greek restau­rant where a great time was had by all.

“Our new friends, led by coach Vaso, are hop­ing they will come to Che­sham for a

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