Round ONE – Tue 21st Oct

Favourites off to flyers in PSL openers

Last season’s finalists Surrey and Duffield both got off to flying starts as the 2014/15 PSL season got under way with six matches around the UK all featuring big crowds, with Exeter suffering a surprise home defeat to St George’s and Pontefract ending a long losing streak at newcomers Leicester. Coolhurst and Chichester both start well …

Division B

Surrey's new Barker - Ben Ford!
Surrey’s new Barker – Ben Ford!

Six-time and defending champions Surrey lost their number one Peter Barker as visitors Bristol were heading East for the match, but still took a 2-0 lead with wins from Alison Waters and late replacement Ben Ford – who was wearing a Barker shirt! Josh Masters pulled one back for Bristol but Surrey new recruits Piedro Schweertman and Fares Dessouki both won in straight games to give Surrey a 4-1 start.

Exeter crowd for their new #1
Exeter crowd for their new #1

Having signed new world #1 Mohamed Elshorbagy pre-season, Exeter Diamonds attracted a big crowd as they started their bid to reach the playoffs, but found themselves 3-0 down to St George’s, who suffered from slow starts in the previous two seasons. Not so tonight as Yathreb Adel, Tom Richards and Henrik Mustonen gave the visitors a winning advantage before Tim Vail and Elshorbagy reduced the damage for Exeter.

Chichester recorded their official attendance at 115, and the big crowd was delighted to see the home team storm into a 2-0 lead over visitors Winchester thanks to Lauren Briggs and Anthony Graham. Steve Wykes pulled one back for Winchester, but the home win was sealed when Anthony Graham won a see-saw five setter against Robbie Downer, and Chichester’s new #1 Adrian Waller put the icing on the cake for a 4-1 win.

Division A

the Coolhurst Scoreboard
the Coolhurst Scoreboard
Nottingham & Duffield
Nottingham & Duffield

In Division A Duffield’s traditional packed-to-the-rafters crowd saw them storm to a 5-0 win over local rivals Nottingham. Recently-crowned World University Champion Millie Tomlinson set the ball rolling for Duffield, and new signing Chris Simpson – playing at #1 with Nick Matthew being absent – wrapped up proceedings.

Behind the scenes at Coolhurst
Behind the scenes at Coolhurst

It was a great start too for Coolhurst, spearheaded by European stars Simon Rosner and Nicolas Mueller, as they got their second season in the league off to a 5-0 winning start over visitors Birmingham.

It wasn’t a happy debut for newcomers Leicester though as they lost out 2-3 to visitors Pontefract, who failed to win a single match all last season. Alex Hodgetts and Simon Parke put Pontefract 2-0 up, and Sarah Kippax clinched the win before Leicester took the top two ties thanks to Ben Coleman and George Parker.

Division A

Benz Bavarian Duffield 5-0 Air-IT Nottingham (20-2)  MATCH REPORTS

Chris Simpson 3-0 Chris Fuller  11-3, 12-10, 11-8.
Joel Hinds 3-1 Dougie Kempsell  11-7, 12-14, 11-8, 11-4
Declan James 3-0 Oliver Holland   11-5, 11-9, 11-4
Andrew Whipp 3-0 Chris Longman  11-9, 11-4, 11-1
Millie Tomlinson 3-1 Amanda Landers-Murphy  9-11, 11-5, 11-6, 14-12

Coolhurst London 5-0 Birmingham Lions (20-5)

Simon Rosner 3-1 Chris Ryder  11-2, 11-7, 10-12, 11-9 (48m)
Nicolas Mueller 3-0 Joel Makin  11-5, 11-7, 15-13 (50m)
Angus Gillams 3-0 Jonny Harford   11-9, 11-9, 11-8 (44m)
Joe Green 3-2 Miles Jenkins  11-7, 10-12, 9-11, 11-8, 11-9 (76m)
Selina Sinclair 3-2 Katrina Burrows  11-5, 11-9, 8-11, 7-11, 11-7 (58m)

Everards Leicester 2-3 Pontefract (8-14)  MATCH REPORT

Ben Coleman 3-0 Ben Grindrod  11-4, 11-4, 11-5 (33m)
George Parker 3-0  Lee Beachill  11-5 11-2 11-8
Darren Lewis 0-3 Simon Parke  8-11, 9-11, 8-11
Josh Taylor 1-3 Alex Hodgetts   11-7, 8-11, 9-11 , 6-11
Tania Bailey 1-3 Sarah Kippax  9-11, 6-11, 11-8, 6-11

Division B

Exeter Diamonds 2-3 Luxford / 9 Group St George’s Hill (9-15)

Mohamed Elshorbagy  3-1 Joe Lee  4-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-9
Olli Tuominen 0-3 Tom Richards  2-11 rtd
Olli Pett 2-3 Henrik Mustonen 10-12, 11-9, 11-8, 7-11, 11-13
Tim Vail 3-0 Charles Sharpes  12-10, 11-4, 11-9
Aisling Blake 1-3 Yathreb Adel   8-11, 10-12, 11-8, 3-11 (28m)

Virgin Active Surrey HRC 4-1 UWE / Elite Bristol (18-3)  MATCH REPORT

Fares Dessouki 3-0 David Evans   11-6, 11-7, 11-7
Piedro Schweertman 3-0 Mike Harris  11-9, 11-3, 11-6
Lyell Fuller 1-3 Josh Masters 13-15, 11-6, 6-11, 8-11
Ben Ford 3-0 Jim Bamber  11-9, 11-9, 11-9
Alison Waters 3-0 Tesni Evans  11-8, 11-7, 11-9

Team Chichester 4-1 Winchester Racquets & Fitness (18-7)  MATCH REPORT

Adrian Waller 3-0 Scott Handley  11-6, 11-4, 11-2 (28m)
Robbie Temple 3-2 Robert Downer  9-11, 11-6, 11-7, 8-11, 11-9
Anthony Graham 3-2 Scott Fitzgerald   11-7, 9-11, 12-14, 11-1, 11-6
Alex Gough 1-3 Steve Wykes  12-14, 5-11, 12-10, 2-11 (49m)
Lauren Briggs 3-0 Georgina Kennedy  11-6, 11-7, 11-9

MVP Award: Sarah Kippax, for delivering Pontefract’s first win in 12 outings


One comment

  1. A good night out at Chichester for round 1. The highlights were Adrian Waller – a class player with fantastic movement and shot skills, a great performance by Steve Wykes with some perfect lobs on his debut and the close match between the two Robbies that was as watchable as it was close.

    Less brilliant was the on court attitude of Alex Gough at times. Fished a bit, plenty to say to his opponent and the marker plus the odd death stare at the crowd! You would think he would set a better example given his position? And Robbie Temple was as chippy as ever but to be fair to him, he did play very well too, despite the blocking!

    Excellent night of squash though and the scampi and chips and Estrella on draught were excellent.

    Looking forward to the next fixture.

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