Sunday - FINALS Day
edition of the British Open Masters concluded at Colets Health
and Fitness with 18 Champions being crowned ...
Darren Lewis added the British Open Men’s Over 35
crown to his Nationals title with a tough five game victory over
Ireland’s Steve Richardson.
The showcase Over 40 final between Scott Handley (Oxfordshire)
and Peter Marshall (Nottinghamshire) was shaping up
nicely, Handley taking the first 11/7 and 6all in the second.
Unfortunately Handley then pulled up and started to struggle,
Marshall squaring things up 11/6. And that was it Handley forced
to retire with a back injury – a real shame for both players and
the packed Colets crowd.
The Men’s Over 45 title is on the way to Yarm as Andrew Cross
(D&C) defeated Surrey’s Andy Normile 11/9 11/3 11/9. It was
unfortunate that Normile wasn’t able to raise his game to the
levels seen in the previous two rounds but Cross used his speed
and agility well to keep him at bay and ran out a worthy winner.
There is no doubting Mark Woodliffe (Gloucestershire)
continues to dominate his age group as he took another title
with a convincing 9/2 9/0 9/1 victory over John Parkes
(Worcestershire) in 27 minutes.
The two 3/4 seeds, Steve Wren (Canada) and Stephen
McLaughlin (Hampshire) contested the Men’s Over 50 Final. The
match was well contested but the Canadian just kept himself in
front and claimed his first British title with a 11/9 11/5 12/10
win in 44 minute.
Middlesex’s Clive London continued where he had left off
yesterday when he defeated top seed Mark Cowley (Middlesex) to
claim the Over 60 crown with an impressive performance to see
off the second seed Peter Alexander of Suffolk 9/4 9/4 9/6.
Jim Dougal won the battle of Scotland as he eased to the
Men’s Over 65 title with a 9/7 9/4 9/0 win over compatriot John
Anthony Clifford (Hertfordshire) didn’t make the same mistake as
yesterday when he started slowly as he raced into a 1-0 led
against top seed and hot favourite Rodney Boswell of
Cheshire. But Boswell appeared to weather the storm and came
back into it using his greater speed and movement and went 2-1
Clifford wasn’t beaten though and capitalised on some lose shots
from Boswell to go 8-2 up in the next and within touching
distance of taking it into a decider. However Boswell kept calm
and clawed his way back and took it on his second match ball.
Michael Gough of America justified his No1 seeding with a
comprehensive win over second seed Patrick Kirton of Surrey.
After racing into a 1-0 lead Gough did have a hiccup in the
second as Kirton fought back taking it 9-0. However Gough
regrouped and started again and in the end took the title with
the minimum of fuss.
John Woodliffe (Gloucestershire) and Lance Kinder
(Hampshire) renewed their last lasting rivalry in the Over 80
final. Woodliffe took the first but Kinder was playing well and
there was a sense that he just needed to cut out the unforced
errors. That he did and came back to take the match in 4 and
with it become the first British Open Over 80 Champion.
Lauren Briggs of Essex showed the class which took her to
18 in the world with a fantastic display of squash as she took
the Women’s Over 35 title, defeating Keeley Seamons (Kent) in
The Over 40 title went the way of the American Hope Prockop
who followed up her win over top seed Shaynie Baillie (Surrey)
in the semi’s by seeing off the No2 seed Rachel Calver of
Leicestershire. Calver put up a good performance but Prockop
proved too strong winning 9/5 10/8 9/7.
Prockop then moved courts to take on Andrea Santamaria of
Yorkshire in the Over 45 Final. Prockop continued where she had
left off in the 40’s and completed the double, winning it 9/6
9/7 9/5 in 32 minutes.
The Scottish tally went to 2 with a spirited fightback from
Fiona McLean in the Women’s Over 50 final. Rachel Woolford
looked on course taking a 2-0 lead but McLean hadn’t read the
script and turned the tables, saving match ball in the 4th
before completing the comeback 4/9 4/9 9/4 10/8 9/6 (49m).
The Women’s Over 55 Final was definitely a game of two halves!
Lesley Sturgess (Derbyshire) flew out of the blocks and raced
into a 2-0 lead over top seed Jill Campion of Middlesex.
However it all changed at the start of the third as Campion
managed to stem the tide and take control. From 2 down in the
third she took control and never looked back eventually running
out a 5/9 2/9 9/2 9/2 9/1 winner.
It was another 5 setter in the Women’s Over 60, Jan Ellis
(Avon) started the stronger but Elke Rubsam (Hertfordshire)
fought back and took a 2-1 lead. However this effort seemed to
take its toll and Ellis regained the initiative and eased to
Ann Manley claimed another title for Avon with victories
over Bett Dryhurst (Worcestershire) and Norma Fulling (Essex) in
the Women’s Over 70 round robin.
Barbara Sanderson of Essex and Ireland took the Over 75
crown with a polished 3-0 win over her county colleague Joan
British Open Masters 2016 -
M35: Darren Lewis (Leicestershire) bt Steve Richardson (Ireland)
5/11, 11/7, 11/3, 12/14, 11/6
M40: Peter Marshall (Notts) bt Scott Handley (Oxfordshire)
7/11, 11/6 rtd
M45: Andrew Cross (D&C)bt Andy Normile (Surrey)
11/9, 11/3, 11/9 (30m)
M50: Steve Wren (Canada) bt Stephen McLaughlin (Hampshire)
11/9, 11/5, 12/10 (44m)
M55: Mark Woodliffe (Gloucestershire) bt John Parkes (Worcs)
9/2, 9/0, 9/1 (27m)
M60: Clive London (Kent) bt Peter Alexander (Suffolk)
9/4, 9/4, 9/6 (25m)
M65: Jim Dougal (Scotland) bt John Rae (Scotland)
9/7, 9/4, 9/0 (18m)
M70: Rodney Boswell (Cheshire) bt Anthony Clifford (Cheshire)
4/9, 9/5, 9/1, 10/8 (30m)
M75: Michael Gough (USA) bt Patrick Kirton (Surrey)
9/2, 0/9, 9/4, 9/4 (39m)
M80: Lance Kinder (Hampshire) bt John Woodliffe (Gloucs)
6/9, 10/8, 9/5, 9/6 (51m)
W35: Lauren Briggs (Middlesex) bt Keeley Seamons (Kent)
9/0, 9/0, 9/1 (23m)
W40: Hope Prockop (USA) bt Rachel Calver (Leicestershire)
9/5, 10/8, 9/7 (32m)
W45: Hope Prockop (USA) v Andrea Santamaria (Yorkshire)
9/6, 9/7, 9/5 (32m)
W50: Fiona McLean (Scotland) bt Rachel Woolford (Warks)
4/9, 4/9, 9/4, 10/8, 9/6 (49m)
W55: Jill Campion (Middlesex) bt Lesley Sturgess (Derbyshire)
5/9, 2/9, 9/2, 9/2, 9/1 (34m)
W60: Jan Ellis (Avon) bt Elke Rubsam (Hertfordshire)
9/5, 3/9, 2/9, 9/0, 9/3 (46m)
W70: Ann Manley won the Round Robin
W75: Barbara Sanderson (Ireland) bt Joan Witton (Essex)
9/1, 9/1, 9/2 (19m)
Saturday - Semi-Finals
Part Two: Down to the Finalists
seed Darren Lewis of Leicestershire was made to work hard to
reach his expected Over 35 Final by Surrey’s Neil Frankland.
Frankland edged the opener 13/11 before Lewis got on top and
took a competitive encounter in 4. The other Semi Final went the
way of Steve Richardson (Ireland) who defeated Surrey’s Jason
The Men’s Over 40 Final will be the showcase most
were expecting and hoping for – Scott Handley (Oxfordshire)
against Peter Marshall of Nottinghamshire. Handley made short
work of Jamie Goodrich (Norfolk) in his semi running out a 11/6
11/2 11/6 victor.
Marshall raced into an 8-0 lead in the first
game against Ben Hutton of Sussex and it looked like he was
going to be off court in next to no time. However Hutton found
his feet and gained confidence as the game progressed and
although he lost in 3 put up a worthy challenge.
the Over 50 3/4
seed Steve Wren of Canada put an end to Jonathan Foster’s
(Hampshire) run. Foster couldn’t quite reach the heights of
Friday when he defeated favourite Fredrik Johnson (Sweden) and
Wren took it 11/6 11/9 5/11 11/8. In the final Wren will face
3/4 seed Stephen McLaughlin (Hampshire) who kept Eamonn Price of
Hertfordshire at bay with an 11/5 11/8 11/6 win.
Steve London sprung a surprise in the Men’s Over 60s, taking
out top seed Mark Cowley (Middlesex) in straight games. London
was in great form and seemed able to prevent Cowley finding any
rhythm to his game. It was a great performance and London ran
out a well-deserved winner. London will now face the No2 seed
Peter Alexander (Suffolk) who saw off the challenge of Simon Evenden (Northamptonshire) 9/4 9/3 1/9 9/4.
Over 75 Final will see the top 2 seeds square up to each other
after both came through their semis. Favourite Michael Gough of
America broke Brian Rand’s (Surrey) resistance by sneaking the
first 10/9 and then went on to take the following 2 games
without conceding a point.
The other Semi Final was a great
battle between Patrick Kirton (Surrey) and Brian Phillips
(Wales). Phillips started the stronger and took the lead but it
was Kirton that finished the match the stronger to claim a 7/9
9/5 9/2 6/9 9/2 victory and with it a place in the final.
Me'ms O75 top seed Edward Burlingame of the USA fell to John Woodliffe
(Gloucestershire) ensuring that the possibility of a Woodliffe
British Open double (John & Mark) remains alive.
The other semi
was a wonderful match between Lance Kinder of Hampshire and No2
seed Malcolm Gilham of Suffolk. There was some great returning
and rallies and the movement around the court was a credit to
both players. Kinder always seemed to be in control and took a
2-0 lead but this dominance was put under severe pressure by a
bizzare case of the ‘yips’ with Kinder seemingly unable to keep
his serves in court.
Gilham fought back in the third but from
3-7 down Kinder decided 3 games were enough and finally took it
9/4 10/9 9/7 in 36 minutes.
The Women’s Over 35 Final
will be between former World No18 Lauren Briggs and Keeley
Seamons after both came through their round robin.
Prockup (USA) reached her second final with another fine
display, this time defeating Isabelle Tweedle of Surrey 9/5 9/3
9/6. No2 seed Andrea Santamaria (Yorkshire) justified her
seeding with a solid win over Berkshire’s Sarah Parr 9/2 9/6
Lesley Sturgess (Derbyshire) put in a great
performance to dump out No2 seed Karen Hume of Kent 9/2 10/8 9/5
in 28 minutes. Sturgess now faces top seed Jill Campion in
tomorrow’s Over 55 final after Campion overcame the challenge of
Lynne Davies (Wales) 9/3 9/2 9/5.
Elke Rubsam (Hertfordshire) and Jan Ellis (Avon) set up a decider in the
Women’s Over 60 Round Robin, both defeating Yorkshire’s June
Hill in 3 games.
Ann Manley (Avon) will claim the British
Open Women’s Over 70 title if she can beat Norma Fulling of
Essex on Sunday in the round robin draw.
Colets were guaranteed a British Open Masters finalist when
members Alex Couch (Surrey) and Andy Normile
(Surrey) did battle in the first Men’s Over 45 Semi Final. After
dispatching the top seed yesterday it was first blood to Couch
but Normile came out strong in the second and just managed to
stay on top taking it 6/11 11/8 11/8 11/7.
Normile will face the
No2 seed in the Final after Andrew Cross (D&C) weathered
the advances of Frank Ellis, again taking it in 4.
No1 seed and Over 55 hot favourite Mark Woodliffe
(Gloucestershire) continued his march to the final with a
professional display and win over the highly talented Bryan
Beeson (Northumbria). Beeson didn’t make it easy and played his
part in a great game of squash but Woodliffe was too fit and
strong and ran out a 3-0 winner.
The second Semi was shaping up
to be a great contest with Neil Harrison (D&C) taking the first
only for Worcestershire’s John Parkes to sneak the
second. Unfortunately narrowly losing the second appeared to
drain Harrison of energy and this proved pivotal, allowing
Parkes to win the following 2 games easily and move onto the
final and the daunting task of facing Woodliffe.
The Over 65 title is now destined for North of the border as
Scots John Rae and Jim Dougal both progressed. Rae eased
past compatriot Ian Ross while Dougal endured a titanic battle
with No2 seed Ian Graham of Sussex.
Dougal took the opener on
tie break but lost the second easily. Back he came to retake the
lead only to see Graham regain the initiative and force a
decider. It looked like Graham had done enough at 8-5 up but
somehow Dougal managed to find something extra and won 5 points
without return to take it 10/8 2/9 9/5 4/9 10/8 in 51 minutes.
The first Men’s Over 70’s Semi Final saw favourite Rodney
Boswell (Cheshire) who is in fantastic form line up against
multiple World Champion Adrian Wright of Yorkshire. It was a
match of high quality squash but Wright was conceding over 4
years to Boswell and this just told as Boswell took it in 3.
the other Semi it seemed like Martin Pearse (Norfolk), the
Masters Committee Chairman was strolling towards the final and
his ultimate dream of claiming the title, taking the first 2
games against Anthony Clifford (Hertfordshire) 9/1 9/1.
However something seemed to finally click for Clifford and at
the start of the third he started to drop and move Pearse around
the court more. All of a sudden it was Clifford who was in
charge and you could see the frustration start to build in
Pearse. Clifford levelled things up and in the final game looked
to be the only winner.
To his credit Pearse fought back but in
the end Clifford completed a remarkable comeback to finish it
off and take the 1/9 1/9 9/7 9/5 9/7 win.
American Hope Prockop looks to be a class act after
destroying No1 seed Shayne Baillie in the Women’s Over 40,
dropping just 4 points. Prockup now faces a Final against No2
seed Rachel Calver (Leicestershire) who herself looked
extremely impressive in her 9/0 9/2 9/4 victory over Louisa
Dalwood of Hertfordshire.
Top seeds in the Women’s Over 50s both had tough Semis with the
No1 Rose Bamber (Avon) losing out to Warwickshire’s Rachel
Woolford 9/4 10/8 95 whilst Fiona McLean of Scotland
had to fight back after losing the first game to Isabel Smith
(Hertfordshire). However McLean proved too strong and finally
prevailed 8/10 9/5 9/1 9/5.
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