Surrey & Cheshire take Inter-County titles

Men’s and Women’s Inter County Finals 28-29 April:

Day 2 Hallamshire Tennis& Squash Club

Surrey’s men take their 11th title in 13 years as Cheshire take the women’s title in Sheffield, deposing reigning champions Warwickshire in the final …  Sarah & Alison report

Men's Sunday Results



7/8 Play Off: Devon v Essex

Essex’s 5th string Ross Brown got them off to a great start with a comfortable win over Dave Palmer in just 15 minutes, Devon’s Phil Whitlock however responded levelling the tie 1-1 with a straightforward 3-0 victory over Jack Jago 11/6 11/7 11/4.

It was all over though for Devon when Essex’s 4th and 1st strings Youseff Abdalla and Ben Coleman cruised to victories over Jim Bristow and James Snell. The dead rubber match between the 2nd strings saw some pride restored for the Devon team with Mike Harris taking Neil Hitchens down in 3 games; 11/9, 11/8, 11/6.


5/6 Play Off: Hertfordshire v Oxfordshire

Pre tournament favourites Hertfordshire found themselves playing for 5/6 place against an equally strong Oxfordshire team. Will John kicked things off for Oxfordshire with a 3-0 victory over 5th string Charlie Johnson before Herts 3rd string Adam Fuller levelled things up with a 3-1 victory over Nelson Fung.

4th String Nick Mulvey then put Herts in the lead with a tight 3-2 victory over Ross Gore winning 18/16 in the 5th, the drama then continued with Herts gifting Oxfordshire hope when 1st string Chris Ryder retired in the 3rd.

The current British U23 Squash Champion Adrian Waller then stepped on court for Herts taking the 1st game 11/6 against Mark Cairns, the victory was handed to the Hertfordshire team when Cairns pulled up and retired in the 2nd game.


3/4 Play Off: Nottinghamshire v Sussex

Nottinghamshire were already a game up before the tie started with Sussex failing to produce a 5th string, due to yesterdays’ injury to Ben Hutton. Sussex not wanting to give anything else to the Notts team fought to level the match 1-1 when 3rd string Tom Pashley took a closely fought victory over Nott’s Jonathon Underhill winning it in the 5th 4/11 in 42 minutes.

Nottinghamshire came back however with 4th string Matthew Oxley and 1st string Lewis Walters giving victory to Notts with victories over Brandon Hanley and Oliver Pett. Sussex restored some order though taking the dead rubber in just 12 minutes with 2nd string Tim Vail beating Richard Underhill 11/3 11/8 11/8.


FINAL: Cheshire v Surrey

Cheshire’s men, perhaps surprise finalists took on 10times previous winners and current holders Surrey. Jamie Matthews got Surrey off to a great start with a tight win over Cheshire’s 5th String Mike Potter taking it 11/5 in the 5th in a match lasting 50 minutes.

Neil Frankland then put Surrey in a commanding position when he beat 3rd string Rob Taylor 11/3 11/5 11/5. Cheshire’s Sean Hunter and Andy Whipp looked to keep the tie alive for Cheshire when they stepped on court but Surrey’s World number 65 Joe Lee dispatched Whipp in 3 games giving Surrey victory and despite having match ball in the 5th at 10/4 up,

Sean Hunter eventually lost to surreys James Simpson of Surrey 13/11 in the 5th. World Number 88 Charles Sharpes put the icing on the cake beating Cheshire’s Adam Murrills 3-0. Surrey not only retained their title, making it three in a row and also chalked up their 11th victory in 13 years – an outstanding achievement



Women's Sunday Results



7/8 Play Off: Nottinghamshire v Middlesex

With a walkover at 5thstring already in the bag Nottinghamshire went 2 matches up in the tie when Sue Pinnegar grabbed a 3-1 win over Middlesex’s Clare Richardson at 4thstring. Middlesex pulled one back though when 3rd string Rosa Ruis came from a game down to take the match 3-1.

1st string Selina Sinclair then pulled the tie to 2 matches all when she saw off Nottinghamshire’s Hannah Govey 3-0. 2nd String Eva Feredoes then put the nail in Nottinghamshire’s coffin with a 3-1 victory over Rachel Rinkavage in 20 minutes.


5/6 Play Off: Surrey v Northumbria

Isabelle Tweedle kicked things off for Surrey with a 3-1 win over Karen Heron before young Alison Thompson increased Surrey’s advantage with an impressive 3-1 win over Lucy Beecroft at 3rd string. 5th place was then secured for the southerners when Katie Wilson cruised to a 3/0 victory over Emma Barnett in just 16 minutes.

The last 2 remaining matches saw Surrey’s 1st string Harriet Ingham beat Sarah Bowles 3-0 in just 17 minutes, some pride however was restored when Northumbria’s 2nd string Sam Ward beat Kim Graham 3-1 in the final match of the tie.


3/4 Play Off: Yorkshire v Lancashire

It was a battle of the Roses when these two counties met in the 3/4 play off, and with Lancashire a player down already the Yorkshire ladies looked to take advantage of this situation. Despite a tough battle from Lancashire’s 4th string Lauren Tamilla, Andrea Santa Maria eventually prevailed 11/6 in the 5th.

Yorkshire then took the next 2 matches 3-0 with 3rd string Katie Smith v Mandy Warren and 1st String Deon Saffery v Jenny Wright. Yorkshire’s Fiona Moveley then made it a clean sweep taking the match 3/1 in a tight 34 minute encounter Helen De Los Rios


FINAL: Cheshire v Warwickshire

Last year’s winners Warwickshire took on Cheshire in the final. 5th String Olivia Howell and 3rd string Rachel Chadwick got Cheshire off to a flying start both winning 3-0 against their respective opponents Rachel Woolford and Chloe Pearson.

Kirsty West stepped on court knowing that a win would guide her team to their first ever senior Inter County title, and she didn’t let the side down beating Jemma Holt 3-0 in just 18 minutes. Victory for Cheshire! Despite the remaining 2 matches of the tie being dead rubbers for the Warwickshire there was still some squash to be played.

First on court was the match between current European U19 Champion and world No31 Emily Whitlock (Cheshire) and World No. 24 Emma Beddoes; Whitlock took the first 2 matches quite comfortably before Beddoes pulled one back in the 3rd.

Disaster then struck the number 1 string for Warwickshire when she had to admit defeat in the 4th retiring due to illness gifting Whitlock the win.

Warwickshire’s 2nd string and current British U23 Champion Sarah Jane Perry then faced Cheshire’s Laura Mylotte in last match of the tie. Mylotte came back bravely from 2 games down, but Perry held her nerve to win the match 3-2 in 33 minutes – 5/11, 9/11, 11/4, 11/4, 4/11.



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