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Ocean Logistics Grimsby & Cleethorpes Open 2018
05-08 Dec, Cleethorpes, UK, $5k

Final: Top seed Haycocks wins
Emma Falconer reports

This very well attended tournament has seen some thrilling squash in which only the top two seeds made it to the quarter finals with only the number one seed Jaymie Haycocks through to the final against a 9/16 seed Nick Wall.

In the first game Nick leads 4-1 but Jaymie takes charge taking the first 11-6. Nick fights back and takes the second 11-7.

The third was a much closer affair with Nick taking the lead 3-0 but from 3-3 it was nip and tuck but Nick, perhaps feeling the pressure at 9-9 , hit the tin twice in succession to give the game to Jaymie.

Jaymie won the fourth 11-4 taking control of the game and winning the match 3-1.

Jaymie Haycocks thanked the Cleethorpes crowd for their support this week and spoke highly of his young opponent who undoubtedly has a great future ahead of him.

Jaymie was delighted to win his first English PSA title.

Grimsby & Cleethorpes 2018
05-08 Dec, Cleethorpes, UK, $5k
Round One
05 Dec
Round Two
05 Dec
06 Dec
07 Dec
08 Dec
Nick Mulvey (Eng) *
11-7, 5-11, 11-2, 12-10 (48m)
Ben Smith (Eng)
[1] Jaymie Haycocks (Eng)
10-12, 11-6, 11-8, 11-4 (52m)
Nick Mulvey
[1] Jaymie Haycocks

11-8, 12-10, 11-8 (47m)

[8] Tom Walsh
[1] Jaymie Haycocks

9-11, 11-4, 11-6, 11-5 (50m)

Owain Taylor

[1] Jaymie Haycocks


11-6, 7-11, 11-9, 11-4


Nick Wall

Connor Sheen (Eng) *
13-11, 11-7, 11-4 (38m)
[wc] Adam Turner (Eng)
[8] Tom Walsh (Eng)
14-12, 11-3, 6-11, 11-8 (55m)
Connor Sheen (Eng) *
Owain Taylor (Wal) *
11-6, 11-5, 11-9 (38m)
Jack Turney (Eng)
[5] Rob Downer (Eng)
11-7, 11-6, 11-5 (38m)
Owain Taylor
Owain Taylor

9-11, 11-5, 11-6, 11-13, 11-8 (65m)

Mark Fuller
Mark Fuller (Eng) *
14-12, 10-12, 12-14, 11-8, 11-6 (70m)
Curtis Malik (Eng)
[3] Sean Conroy (Irl)
7-11, 11-8, 11-8, 13-11 (57m)
Mark Fuller
[wc] Julian Tomlinson (Eng)
11-3, 11-9, 11-4 (40m)
Harry Falconer (Eng) *
Harry Falconer
11-8, 11-9, 11-2 (34m)
[4] Ondraj Uerka (Cze)
Harry Falconer

11-7, 11-5, 11-6 (35m)

Nick Wall
Nick Wall

11-6, 8-11, 5-11, 11-7, 14-12 (88m)

[2] Emyr Evans

Chris Morrison (Eng)
11-8, 11-9, 11-6 (30m)
Nick Wall (Eng) *
Nick Wall
11-8, 11-9, 11-9
[7] Rory Stewart (Sco)
James Peach (Eng)
11-8, 11-8, 11-7 (33m)
Mike Harris (Eng) *
Mike Harris
6-11, 11-5, 5-11, 11-9, 11-9 (59m)
[6] Bryan Byrne (Irl)
Mike Harris

11-7, 11-7, 4-11, 11-4 (44m)

[2] Emyr Evans
Robert Dadds (Eng)
11-7, 11-5, 11-7 (30m)
Aadit Zaveri (Ind) *
Robert Dadds
14-12, 11-8, 11-9 (40m)
[2] Emyr Evans (Wal)
Semis: English prevail in
Anglo-Welsh encounters

Jaymie Haycocks 3-0 Owain Taylor

Jaymie starts the first game strongly staying a few points ahead until Owain found his stride and levelled the points at 9-9 but then Jaymie hit the ball out of court and gives away a stroke to give the game to Owain 11-9.

Jaymie takes charge in the second game going 6-2 up and followed by a couple of errors from Owain to 8-2 and Jaymie takes the second game relatively comfortably at 11-4 . The second game following the same pattern with Jaymie wining 11-6.

In the fourth game from 5-2 to Jaymie to 8-3, Owain made a number of errors and Jaymie played his game very well hitting a perfect length in the back corner to win the game 11-5 and the match 3-1.

Nick Wall 3-2 Emyr Evans

Both players were looking sharp in this first game but from 6-6 Nick got the better of Emyr and took it 11-6 . The second started off with a very scrappy few points consisting mainly of tins and strokes to 4-4 .

Emyr was leading 8-7 when Nick hit two tins in succession to give Emyr game ball. Nick saved game ball then Emyr took the game 11-8 following the award of a stroke.

The third game continued in the same fashion with too many tins, strokes and of course some thrilling squash mixed in between with Emyr taking the game 11-5. In the fourth game things got even more tense with some loss of composure by both players resulting in a bitty game which was very close until Nick kicked on from 8-7 to win 11-7 .

The last game was a highly charged affair which was very physical and scrappy at time for both players. First blood to Emyr followed by a tight ball down the wall from Nick to 1-1 .
A stroke in favour of Nick then Emyr hit the tin. Again play continued in a similar vein to 10-9 giving Emyr the first match ball but Nick won the point and itís a tie break. Nick clinches the fourth game 14-12 on his 3rd match ball winning the longest match of the tournament so far at 88 minutes.

Nick Wall will play in his first ever PSA Challenger Tour 5 final on Saturday evening against Jaymie Haycocks at 7 pm.
Quarter-Finals Roundup:

Jaymie Haycocks 3-0 Tom Walsh

It was a very close first game but from 2-2 Tom was always behind and Jaymie took the game 11-8 . In the second game each player won alternate points from 5-5 to 10-10 but Jaymie took the tie break emphatically to win 12-10. In the third game Tom called his own ball down when losing 4-2 , levelled the score to 5-5 then pushed on to 5- 8 but following a good spell of play from Jaymie itís 10-8 match ball and Jaymie takes the game 11-8.

Mark Fuller 3-1 Owain Taylor

Mark led the first game but Owain regained ground to 6-6 then at 9-9 Owain hit the tin and Mark took the game 11-9. Owain charged ahead in the second game to 6-1 and after a brief fight back from Mark, Owain took the game 11-5. In the third for both players it was nip and tuck to 6-6 before Owain found a way to break Mike down and won 11-6 .

In the fourth with an invigorated Mark Fuller and following a few mistakes by Owain the score was levelled at 8-8 but after an uncharacteristic tin by Mark to 9-8 then 9-9 and after a short break to mop the wet floor itís 10-9 and match ball to Owain but Mark had slipped.

Following a short injury break the scores were levelled at 10-10 . Then its 11-11 and a hard fought game for Mark who wins it 13-11. In the fourth Owain was always just ahead and a tin from Mark gave Owain match ball .Then a ball into the tin for Owain and then from Mark to give Owain the game 11-8 and match 3-1.

Nick Wall 3-0 Harry Falconer

The first game started off a very close affair but at 7-6 to Nick he pushed on to win the first 11-7 . In the second Nick played very well and at 7-4 played some great squash making things very hard for Harry and won it 11-5. In the third following a spirited come back from Harry at 6-0 down to 9-6 Nick won the game 11-6 and the match 3-0 .

Michael Harris 3-1 Emyr Evans

So the last match of the evening was down to the Karakal Kids Mike Harris and Emyr Evans to battle it out. Emyr took the first game 11-7 with Mike making too many errors. In the second it was level pegging at 5-5 before Mike again made too many unforced errors letting Emyr take charge and win the second also 11-7.

In the third Emyr took first blood but a more focused Mike took the game 11-4 In the fourth game Mike attempted a few too many winners that didnít come off and Emyr took full advantage putting on the pressure. Mike saved one match ball but Emyr took the game 11-4 and the match 3-1.

Round TWO Roundup:

It was an evening of upsets with 5 of the top 8 seeds being toppled in a great evening of squash.

The first two matches went to the seeding with Jaymie Haycocks taking out Nick Mulvey 3-0 and Tom Walsh beating Connor Sheen 3-1.

The second pair of matches saw Owain Taylor put in a good display beating the number 5 seed Rob Downer 3-0. Mark Fuller managed to pull off another great win this evening beating the number 3 seed Sean Conroy in 4 long games over 57 minutes.

In the third set of matches Harry Falconer competed strongly to take the match 3-0 against the number 4 seed Ondrej Uherka showing some very impressive form. Similarly Nick Wall beat the number 7 seed Rory Stewart in 3 tight games.

The final two matches saw Michael Harris put in a great effort to beat the number 6 seed Brian Byrne in 5 games prevailing 11-9 in the 5th.. Both players gave the crowd a thrilling match. In the last fixture of the evening Emyr Evans beat Robert Dadds in a very close match in which both players played some great squash with Emyr just having the edge.

The day was very well attended by a large number of spectators including a school trip from the squash players from a local preparatory school.

Round ONE Roundup:

The first two matches saw local junior player Ben Smith playing well but losing a very close 4th game 12-10 to Nick Mulvey and a very strong performance from Connor Sheen against Adam Turner winning in 3 games.

The second pair of matches saw Owain Taylor put in a good performance winning 3-0 against the always athletic Jack Turney. The toughest match of the afternoon was between the upcoming Curtis Malik with the first 3 games going to tie breaks but Mark Fuller managed to pull off a win in a match lasting over 70 minutes.

The third matches started with a great match between local player 9/16 seed Harry Falconer and Julian Tomlinson who know each otherís game very well. Harry won 3-0 with a very close second game but he powered through to an impressive win supported by a large crowd of spectators turning out this afternoon.

Local entrant , the experienced Chris Morrison, who hasnít played in a PSA tournament for 15 years put up a great battle to lose 3-0 but going close in the second game to upcoming star Nick Wall.

The final two matches saw Michael Harris put in a good performance pushing on late in each game to take a 3-0 win. The upset of the afternoon was Robert Dadds knocking Aadit Zaveri in 3 straight games.


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