This weekend sees Hunts County Squash Club in Cambridgeshire welcome back the British Under 23 Championships for the fifth year running. Last season saw Adrian Waller (Hertfordshire) and Sarah-Jane Perry (Warwickshire) take the prestigious British titles which through the support of the Hunts County team have become a firm favourite on the domestic squash calendar.
The favourite for the men’s title is Charles Sharpes (Surrey) who has started to make inroads on the PSA world tour and has recently risen to a career high No66 in the world rankings. If Sharpes successfully negotiates the early rounds he is seeded to meet three times British Junior Champion James Earles (Yorkshire) in Saturday’s semi finals.
The bottom half of the draw sees World No87 Ben Coleman (Essex) as the No2 seed but he will have to overcome the likes of 5/8 seed Chris Fuller (Northamptonshire) and former European Under 19 Champion and 3/4 seed Nathan Lake (Gloucestershire) if he is to reach his maiden final.
World No20 Sarah-Jane Perry (Warwickshire) returns as the reigning champion and will be looking for a third straight final. A repeat finale is a distinct possibility with No2 seed Carrie Ramsey (Yorkshire) hoping to cause an upset and claim the honours after losing out to Perry a year ago. The 3/4 seeds are Victoria Temple-Murray(Devon), who is the current European U19 Champion and Nada El-Kalaawy (Surrey) who Temple-Murray narrowly beat in the English Junior Championships in March.
Local interest lies with Cambridgeshire’s Peter Dickinson & 9/16 seed Robert Dadds who face Angus Gillams(Hertfordshire) and Neal Brooker (Surrey) respectively in the first round which is scheduled for Friday afternoon.
Play starts at Hunts County Squash Club at 11.00am on Friday 12 April and concludes with the finals from 1.00pm on Sunday 14 April.