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Round TEN – decision day

 The semi-finalists are decided

In Division A Nottingham, who beat Pontefract in a 3-2 thriller on Monday, will be joined in the semi-finals by Leicester, who enjoyed a 4-1 home win over long-time leaders Bristol who miss out on the playoffs. Leicester finish top and will enjoy home advantage in the semi-finals.

In Division B, Surrey and Chichester were already through to the semi-finals and they met with reigning champions Surrey coming away with a narrow 3-2 win to consolidate their advantage at the top. In the remaining fixture Coolhurst beat St George’s, who finish bottom.

So, the semi-finals on 9th May will be Nottingham v Chichester and Surrey v Leicester.

Division A

Mon 3rd:

Pontefract 2-3 MB Nottingham / University (8-16)

James Willstrop 1-3 Nick Matthew         11-9, 9-11, 3-11, 7-11
Saurav Ghosal 1-3 Declan James            9-11, 7-11, 11-8, 9-11
Evan Williams 0-3 Richie Fallows                      7-11, 2-11, 9-11
Patrick Rooney 3-1 Ashley Davies      11-9, 11-13, 11-8, 12-10
Laura Massaro 3-1 Millie Tomlinson     11-7, 6-11, 11-8, 11-6

Everards Leicester 4-1 UWE / Elite Squash Bristol (19-6)

Daryl Selby 3-0 Josh Masters                         11-6, 11-9, 11-8
Nafizwan Adnan 3-2  Tom Ford          10-12, 11-8, 9-11, 11-4, 11-5
George Parker 3-1 Brian Byrne                     11-6, 11-7, 9-11, 11-6
Mark Fuller 2-3 Sean Conroy                     8-11, 11-6, 11-7, 5-11 7-11
Rachael Chadwick 3-0 Lily Taylor                     11-6, 11-9, 11-5

Division B

Team Chichester 2-3 VA Surrey HRC (7-14)

Olly Pett 0-3 Ben Coleman                                   10-12, 10-12, 6-11
Tim Vail 3-0 Diego Gobbi                                     11-4, 11-5, 11-3
Miles Jenkins 1-3 Rory Stewart                        9-11, 11-9, 5-11, 3-11
Adam Corcoran 3-0 Aidan O’Brien                11-9, 11-9, 11-4
Jasmine Hutton 0-3 Alison Waters               4-11, 2-11, 5-11

Coolhurst London 3-2 9 Telecom St George’s Hill   (16-8)

Angus Gillams 3-2 Henrik Mustonen         4-11, 11-8, 6-11, 12-10, 12-10
Joe Green 2-3 Carlos Cornes                     11-8, 3-11, 14-12, 5-11, 4-11
Ben Grindrod 0-3 Charlie Lee                                     3-11, 6-11, 9-11
Ondrej Uherka 3-0 Tristan Eysele                             11-7, 11-3, 11-9
Donna Urquhart 3-0 Julianne Courtice                    11-2, 11-4, 11-8

Monday: Nottingham make the playoffs

SH36879The final round of league matches kicked off on Monday as Nottingham travelled to Pontefract. The home side needed 18 points to have a chance of going through, but for Nottingham any sort of win would suffice to see them into the playoffs.

The first four ties were shared as the match went one-all then two-all, setting up a decider between James Willstrop and Nick Matthew. Willstrop took the lead, but Matthew stormed back to take the match and clinch the playoff place for Nottingham.

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