Round Two

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Round Two:               

21st Oct


Group A

Benz-Bavarian Duffield 3-2 Pontefract
Andy Whipp reports
   Nick Matthew 3-0 James Willstrop                  11/8, 11/5, 11/9
   Joey Barrington 3-1 Lee Beachill                   11/8, 9/11, 11/8, 11/4
   Andrew Whipp 0-3 Saurav Ghosal                  9/11, 5/11, 2/11
   Joel Hinds 3-0 Neil Cordell                             11/6, 12/10, 11/9
   Laura Hill 1-3 Vanessa Atkinson                    11/5, 4/11, 5/11, 4/11

Esporta Oxford 5-0 MB Nottingham
David Coghlan reports

   Cameron Pilley 3-2 Ong Beng Hee               11/13, 11/9, 11/7, 9/11, 14/12
   Borja Golan 3-2 Renan Lavigne                    12/10, 12/10, 3/11, 6/11, 11/8
   Chris Ryder 3-0 Arthur Gaskin                     11/6, 11/6, 11/2
   Scott Handley 3-0 Eddie Charlton                11/9, 11/9, 11/8
   Madeline Perry 3-0 Emma Beddoes             11/3, 12/10, 11/2

Group B

TWP St George's Hill 2-3 Probuild Bristol
   Daryl Selby 3-1 Adrian Grant                       11/7, 11/7, 9/11, 11/7
   Tom Richards 0-3 David Evans                     6/11, 6/11, 2/11
   Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan 3-1 Hadrian Stiff      5/11, 11/7, 11/2, 11/7
   Joe Lee 1-3 Peter Marshall                          7/11, 11/9, 6/11, 6/11
   Rachel Willmott 0-3 Vicky Hynes                  7/11, 6/11, 7/11

Exeter Diamonds 3-2 PCL Whitehall Security Surrey H&RC
Adam Lings reports

   Stewart Boswell 3-2 Wael El Hindi                   11/6, 16/14, 5/11, 5/11, 11/5
   Jonathan Kemp 0-3 Peter Barker                    10/12, 3/11, 9/11
   Rob Sutherland 1-3 Adrian Waller                   9/11, 11/8, 8/11, 6/11
   Tom Pashley 3-0 Nick Birt                              11/9, 11/9, 11/8         
   Natalie Grinham 3-0 Vicky Botwright              17/15, 11/8, 11/4

UniSport Guildford 4-1 PNH Properties Chichester
Ian Robinson reports

   Jesse Engelbrecht 3-0 Alex Gough                11/5, 11/5, 11/2
   Stacey Ross 3-2 Robbie Temple                      9/11, 11/6, 12/14, 12/10, 11/8
   Stephen Meads 3-1 Peter Genever                  2/11, 12/10, 11/5, 11/5
   Jamie Mathews 1-3 Nafzahizam Adnan           13/11, 5/11, 1/11, 6/11
   Alison Waters 3-0 Dominique Lloyd-Walter      11/4, 14/12, 11/4

Surrey and Exeter  

21st Oct

Esporta Oxford Crush Nottingham To Top PSL Group
Roundup from Howard Harding

Esporta Oxford scored the first maximum points win of the season in the second round of the Premier Squash League - beating MB Nottingham 5/0 to head the Group A table in the world's most prestigious squash league.

Elsewhere in the group, former champions Benz-Bavarian Duffield began their 2008/09 season campaign by resisting a strong challenge from Pontefract, fighting back from behind to clinch a 3/2 win over their Yorkshire visitors. In Group B, league newcomers Exeter Diamonds inflicted the first defeat of the season on title-holders PCL Whitehall Security Surrey H&RC, beating the Croydon club 3/2 - while Probuild Bristol also scored their second win of the season in a 3/2 away win at TWP St George's Hill. But the biggest smiles were to be found at another venue in Surrey where UniSport Guildford scored their first win in more than two years over PNH Properties Chichester, beating the Sussex club 4/1 at home.

Pontefract, featuring the two highest-ranked players in their stable - James Willstrop and Lee Beachill - arrived at Duffield's Derbyshire base looking for victory. And Dutch star Vanessa Atkinson put the visitors into the driving seat with a four-game win over local star Laura Hill.  Duffield-based Joel Hinds, playing for his local club for the first time after three years at Birmingham University, levelled the tie - but Leeds-based Indian champion Saurav Ghosal restored Pontefract's lead with a straight games dismissal of Andrew Whipp.

It was a capacity home crowd at Duffield that roared on Joey Barrington as the club debutant beat higher-ranked fellow Englishman Lee Beachill 11-8, 9-11, 11-8, 11-4, before squad number one Nick Matthew - in his sixth season for Duffield - despatched his England team-mate James Willstrop 11-8, 11-5, 11-9 to clinch victory for the three-time champions.

The last-minute withdrawal of club stalwart Simon Parke left MB Nottingham having to promote Arthur Gaskin to third string and introduce local player Lewis Walter at four in their away fixture at Esporta Oxford. And it was Irish champion Madeline Perry that kicked off the Oxford onslaught as she beat Emma Beddoes 11-3, 12-10, 11-2 - a win which was followed by straight games defeats of Walters and Gaskin. In his debut for the hosts, top-ranked Spaniard Borja Golan let slip a two-game lead over Nottingham's Renan Lavigne - but refocused in the decider to beat the Frenchman 12-10, 12-10, 3-11, 6-11, 11-8. 

In the final match - described by Oxford team manager Jason Martin as "the best game I've ever seen at the club" - Australian Cameron Pilley beat Malaysian star Ong Beng Hee 11-13, 11-9, 11-7, 9-11, 14-12 to round up a 'whitewash' evening.

"I'm the happiest I've been in PSL for a long time," exclaimed the jubilant  UniSport Guildford team manager Ian Robinson after his club's 4/1 home win over last season's runners-up PNH Properties Chichester. While Guildford's Alison Waters secured an early 3/0 win over English compatriot Dominique Lloyd-Walter, team-mate Jamie Mathews was making a good start in his debut for the club against the visitors' Nafzahizam Adnan. But the Malaysian - also making his PSL debut for Chichester - fought back to beat Mathew, the World Deaf champion from Surrey, 11-13, 11-5, 11-1, 11-6.

Long-time UniSport campaigners Stephen Meads and Stacey Ross carved out valiant victories against their respective opponents - but the day's standout success came when new club number one Jesse Engelbrecht defeated experienced Chichester top string Alex Gough 11-5, 11-5, 11-2.

While Nafzahizam Adnan was making a successful debut for Chichester, his higher-ranked younger brother Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan was also in winning form for TWP St George's Hill against Probuild Bristol. But the 22-year-old's four-game win over Bristol captain Hadrian Stiff wasn't enough to lead the home club to victory.

Welsh veteran David Evans clinched Bristol's win after beating rising star Tom Richards 11-6, 11-6, 11-2 - but it was a match perhaps overshadowed by the consolation victory by the Surrey club number one Daryl Selby. The world No36 from Essex continued the fine form he showed in last week's World Open in Manchester when he beat fellow Englishman Adrian Grant, ranked 13 in the world, 11-7, 11-7, 9-11, 11-7.

Some 48 hours after making a surprise appearance in the women's World Open final on Sunday, Manchester squash star Vicky Botwright came down to earth with a bump for champions PCL Whitehall Security Surrey H&RC in their away tie against Exeter Diamonds. Vicky lost 15-17, 8-11, 4-11 to Australian Natalie Grinham - the 2007 runner-up - but later watched her fiancé Stewart Boswell clinch victory for the opposing team when he battled to an 11-6, 16-14, 5-11, 5-11, 11-5 win over higher-ranked Egyptian Wael El Hindi.

Exeter Diamonds manager Tony Snell was overjoyed with his team's performance:  "In the first round we beat last season's runners-up - and now we've beaten the champions.  It really is unbelievable!"

Diamonds Excel
Adam Lings reports

The Exeter Diamonds continued to shine with another PSL victory. The Diamonds have put their name firmly on the PSL map by tuning over last years runners-up Chichester in their previous match, and having now beaten last years winners.

The Diamonds can never be underestimated, especially in their own den at the Devon & Exeter Squash & Racketball Club. The capacity crowd packed to the rafters were entertained by each match. First on saw the World No2 Natalie Grinham play the Worlds runner-up Vicky Botwright. The crowd quickly warmed to Grinham who was making her home debut, she scampered from corner to corner with speed and balance, her ‘never say die’ attitude and retrieval was too much for Botwright as Grinham took the match 3-0.

Tom Pashley beat last minute replacement Nick Birt, to give the Diamonds a 2-0 lead. Adrian Waller proved too strong for Rob Sutherland and despite an impressive start Jonathan Kemp could not finish off Peter Barker who levelled the match at 2 all.

Stewart Boswell and Wael El Hindi were left to decide the outcome. Boswell, cheered on by the home crowd worked hard to gain a 2-0 lead, however the energy and concentration required took its toll as Boswell was forced to take a couple of slower, ‘rest’ games before coming back strong in the 5th. A string of decisive winners and perfect lengths gave Boswell a strong lead which he nor the crowd were willing to give up. The crowd cheered, Boswell punched the air and Team manager Tony Snell gave the crowd a big smile as the Diamonds secured their second successive victory.

Musical slideshow

                                 Ties       Matches     Games    Pts

                               P   W   L    W    L     W     L

   Group A:

Esporta Oxford                 2   1   1    7    3    24    15    29

Pontefract                     2   1   1    5    5    18    19    23

MB Nottingham                  2   1   1    3    7    14    23    19

Benz-Bavarian Duffield         1   1   0    3    2    10     7    15

Chapel Allerton                1   0   1    2    3     8    10     8


   Group B:

Probuild Bristol               2   2   0    7    3    23    12    33

Exeter Diamonds                2   2   0    6    4    20    16    30

Surrey H&RC                    2   1   1    5    5    19    18    24

UniSport Guildford             2   1   1    5    5    18    18    23

TWP St George's Hill           2   0   2    4    6    15    22    15

PNH Properties Chichester      2   0   2    3    7    14    23    14




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