A good crowd at Hunts County Squash Club in Cambridgeshire witnessed Sarah Jane Perry (Warwickshire) and Adrian Waller (Hertfordshire) take the British Under 23 titles.
Perry, last year’s runner up to Victoria Lust, was the No1 seed and hot favourite for the title. She looked up for battle and came out all guns blazing to take the first game 11/3. No2 seed Carrie Ramsey (Yorkshire) regrouped and got herself into the second game but after leading 4-3 lost 6 points on the bounce to lose all momentum. She again found her rhythm but after clawing it back to 9-10 she narrowly lost out and fell 2 behind.
The third saw Ramsey control more of the rallies and eventually took it 12-10 – a game on our hands possible. The forth was just as competitive but this time Perry had regained the advantage and lead throughout taking it 11-9 to take the title to add to her British and European Under 19 titles from a few years ago. A great performance from Perry who fully justified her seeding dropping just the one game all tournament.
“Pleased to win the final today 3-1 for my 2nd British title,” tweeted the champion, “and glad my parents were able to come down to watch!”
Waller and Joe Lee (Surrey) entertained the audience to a wonderful display of world class squash played in great spirit between two close friends. Waller started the better and took the first 11/8 before Lee found his stride and fought back to claim the next two and at that point he looked good for the title.
However Waller has never been one to give up and dug deep to regain the initiative and push on to take it in the decider.
Sarah Jane Perry (Warks) bt Carrie Ramsey (Yorks) 11/3 11/9 10/12 11/9 (42m)
Adrian Waller (Herts) bt Joe Lee (Surrey) 11/8 6/11 6/11 11/6 11/7 (75m)