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Tue 1st Feb 2011 - Round FIVE
Courtcraft Pontefract 3-2 Benz-Bavarian Duffield 
   Saurav Ghosal 3-1 Jonathan Kemp             11-8, 11-13, 19-17, 11-7
   Simon Parke 3-2 Joel Hinds                  14-12, 8-11,8-11, 11-9, 11-8
   Lee Beachill 2-3 Andy Whipp               11-7, 11-13, 4-11, 12-10, 2-11
   Neil Cordell 1-3 Chris Fuller                          8-11, 2-11, 11-7, 10-12
   Kirsty McPhee 3-0 Laura Hill                                  11-7, 11-9, 14-12

LEBC Group Chapel Allerton 3-2 CLFS Esporta Oxford
   Renan Lavigne 3-2 Scott Handley           1-11, 7-11, 12-10, 11-8, 11-1
   Laurence Dealsaux 0-3 Jaymie Haycocks                 6-11, 8-11, 12-14
   Anthony Graham 3-0 Lee Drew                               13-11, 11-5, 11-9
   Adam Murrils 2-3 Andrew Birks                 11-7, 11-8, 9-11, 2-11, 8-11
   Carrie Ramsey 3-0 Katie Quarterman                         11-4, 11-8, 11-8

Team Chichester 3-2 UWE Bristol      Mike Phillips reports
   Tim Vail 2-3 Lucas Serme           8-11, 3-11, 13-11, 12-10, 5-11
   Nic Birt 1-3 Theo Anderson                      11-7, 5-11, 4-11, 9-11
   Peter Genever 3-1 Dan West               13-11, 10-12, 11-8, 11-8
   Brandon Handley 3-0 Konrad Tyma                11-6, 11-6, 13-11
   Lauren Briggs 3-0 Rebecca Quiney                   11-3, 11-0, 11-3

TWP St George's Hill 3-2 Exeter Diamonds
   Daryl Selby 0-3 Stewart Boswell                   11-13, 10-12, 9-11
   Tom Richards 3-1 Campbell Grayson        6-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-6
   Neil Hitchens 0-3 Jonny Harford                         5-11, 8-11, 7-11
   Steve Meads 3-2 James Snell           11-8, 8-11, 5-11, 11-3, 11-8
   Dominique Lloyd-Walter 3-0 Rhianne O'Donnell   11-4, 11-0, 11-3

IGT Winchester 1-4 Surrey H&R
   Kashif Shuja 0-3 Peter Barker                        3-11, 6-11, 6-11 (23m)
   Marwan El Shorbagy 0-3 Peter Nicol                6-11, 9-11, 9-11 (24m)
   Jesse Engelbrecht 2-3 Tim Garner 11-7, 11-6, 10-12, 6-11, 4-11
   Stacey Ross 3-0 Adil Maqbool                         11-5, 11-9, 11-7 (39m)
   Lauren Selby 1-3 Victoria Lust             4-11, 9-11, 12-10, 12-14 (40m)

Crystal Ball

As the season reaches the halfway point, Crystal Ball, still smarting after a poor performance last week (by its own high standards), thrusts its fingers into the fire once more ...

A first win for Pontefract would put a big dent in Duffield's playoff hopes, while Chapel A look set to sneak the top of the table clash, both 3-2.

Chichester are likely to leave Bristol stranded at the bottom of Group B with a crushing 5-0 win, St George's will open up a big gap with victory over challengers Exeter, 4-1, leaving champions Surrey to reclaim second place with an away win at Winchester, 3-2 but 5-0 a possibility.


St George's Hill & Chapel Allerton End
First Half of PSL Season Unbeaten

With the first half of the Premier Squash League (PSL) season now behind them, both LEBC Group Chapel Allerton and TWP St George's Hill remain unbeaten - and have extended their leadership of Groups A & B, respectively, after the fifth round of the world's most prestigious squash league.

Yorkshire club Chapel Allerton, winners of the PSL title in 2009, celebrated a 3/2 home win over Group A rivals CLFS Esporta Oxford. Frenchman Renan Lavigne clinched a valuable win in the tie decider in his maiden appearance for the Leeds club. In a fine battle between two 36-year-olds, former world No17 Lavigne - now retired from the Tour - recovered from two games down to beat Oxford stalwart Scott Handley 1-11, 7-11, 12-10, 11-8, 11-1.

Meanwhile, in a packed St George's Hill in Weybridge, Surrey, the home side also relied on a veteran newcomer this season to pull the side through in a 3/2 win over Group B rivals Exeter Diamonds. After eight seasons for nearby Guildford, 40-year-old Stephen Meads made a significant home debut for his new club by beating promising full-timer James Snell, aged 22, 11-8, 8-11, 5-11, 11-3, 11-8.

Later St George's regular Tom Richards, fresh from two successful runs in PSA Tour events in the USA in January, clinched victory for the hosts with a 6-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-6 win over Exeter's New Zealander Campbell Grayson.

"It was a fantastic performance from Steve, who has only just returned from coaching duties with the Hong Kong national squad," said St George's Hill team manager Danny Lee. "We're enjoying a great run this season and it's down to a good depth of squad we have, which is the envy of the rest of the teams in the league."

Reigning champions Surrey Health & Racquets made up for two recent defeats by recording a 4/1 away win over PSL newcomers IGT Winchester. In the standout match of the tie, former squash great Peter Nicol, the ex-world number and world champion who retired some years ago, took on Winchester's rising Egyptian star Marwan El Shorbagy, the 17-year-old who last year won the prestigious British Junior U17 Open title.

The teenager went into the match with all guns blazing but 37-year-old Nicol was able to call upon all the skills which made him one of the world's best ever players by despatching his young opponent 11-6, 11-9, 11-9 in 24 minutes.

In the final match of the day, the Croydon club's 40-year-old captain Tim Garner celebrated his 13th match in the last 11 days by recovering from two games down to beat the home side's South African ace Jesse Engelbrecht 7-11, 6-11, 12-10, 11-6, 11-4.

Team Chichester won the battle to stay off the bottom of the Group B tables by seeing off visitors UWE Bristol 3/2. The home side quickly claimed their victory with successive wins by Lauren Briggs, Brandon Hanley and club stalwart Peter Genever. But Bristol bounced back when Theodore Anderson beat Nic Birt in four games and young Frenchman Lucas Serme stemmed a fightback by Tim Val to beat the Chichester captain 11-8, 11-3, 11-13, 10-12, 11-5.

In the other Group A tie, Yorkshire club Courtcraft Pontefract celebrated their first win of the season in a 3/2 home victory over Derbyshire's three-time champions Benz-Bavarian Duffield.

"It was a great evening of squash with a fantastic performance from 38-year-old former England international Simon Parke who just never gave up in his incredible 14-12, 8-11, 8-11, 11-9, 11-8 win over tough opponent Joel Hinds, the 23-year-old reigning world university champion," said Pontefract team manager Malcolm Willstrop.

Former Pontefract number Lee Beachill also entertained the packed crowd with his performance against in-form Cheshire player Andrew Whipp. At 2/1 down, Beachill gave it his all to level the match after a tie-break in the fourth but the younger Whipp blasted back in the decider to win 7-11, 13-11, 11-4, 10-12, 11-2.

But it was the host club's Indian star Saurav Ghosal who clinched victory for the team. In his first PSL appearance for more than a year, Ghosal beat England international Jonathan Kemp 11-8, 11-13, 19-17, 11-7.

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