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Aston & Fincher Sutton Coldfield International 2017
20-25 Nov, England, $5k

25-Nov, Final:
Jan's still the man in Sutton

Chris Hall & Pete Oddy report

A superb finale to a great week of Squash as Jan Van Den Herrewegen made it a hat-rick of titles at the Sutton Coldfield International in a thrilling final against Jaymie Haycocks.

An expectant crowd were split with their predictions in the build up with a couple of small wagers being placed on the final score!

The showdown gave us the two stand out players of the tournament who had both been in superb form throughout the event. The standard of squash from the outset was incredible, Jaymie perhaps slightly controlling more of the rallies but Jan's exceptional court coverage and countering ability levelling it out. Jan snuck ahead to 10-9 before a reverse boast into the tin lost him game ball. Haycocks went on to lead 11.10 before an error of his own again levelled things up A stroke against Haycocks and another error Haycocks error sealing the first game for the Belgian.

Van Den Herrewgen was high in confidence in the second and Haycocks perhaps not quite as assertive as he quickly found himself 6-2 down. He recovered will to 6-6 and was making Jan use all of his movement and agility to stay in the rallies. From here Jan always seemed to get that one extra ball back that forced Jaymie to go for something special, number of his shots just clipping the tin to hand Jan a 2-0 lead.

Haycocks was clearly not giving in just yet and came back with some superb squash in the third, making Jan work exceptionally hard and cutting down on the error count to lead 10-7. Two quick Jan winners helped him to 10-10, where a reverse boast and another superb winning shot took him on his third PSA title at Sutton Coldfield.

Credit must be given to both players on what was a very fair match, played in great spirit between these two friends and training partners. Thanks to Oliver Fincher of our title sponsor Aston and Fincher without who this event wouldn't be possible.

Sutton Coldfield International 2017
20-25 Nov, England, $5k
Round One
22 Nov
23 Nov
24 Nov
25 Nov
[1] Jaymie Haycocks (Eng)
11-4, 11-2, 11-8 (40m)
[wc] Stuart Macgregor (Eng)
[1] Jaymie Haycocks

11-2, 13-11, 11-5 (32m)

[LL] Matthew Broadberry
[1] Jaymie Haycocks

11-6, 11-5, 11-4 (44m)

Lewis Walters

[1] Jaymie Haycocks


14-12, 11-6, 12-10 (65m)


[2] Jan van den Herrewegen

[8] Ben Coates (Eng)
11-9, 11-5, 11-6 (34m)
[LL] Matthew Broadberry (Eng)
[6] Nick Mulvey (Eng)
11-9, 11-2, 11-9 (36m)
Lewis Walters (Jam)
Lewis Walters

 9-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-7 (65m)

[Q] Owain Taylor
[4] Kyle Finch (Eng)
 5-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-4 (44m)
[Q] Owain Taylor (Wal)
[Q] Charlie Lee (Eng)
11-5, 11-4, 11-5 (33m)
[3] Patrick Rooney (Eng)
[Q] Charlie Lee

11-2, 11-9, 11-8 (45m)

[Q] Rory Stewart
[Q] Charlie Lee

11-8, 11-5, 11-7 (48m)

[2] Jan van den Herrewegen

[Q] Rory Stewart (Sco)
14-12, 11-5, 5-11, 11-7 (42m
[7] Michael Harris (Eng)
[Q] Kevin Moran (Sco)
9-11, 12-10, 11-4, 11-8 (58m)
[5] Mark Fuller (Eng)
[5] Mark Fuller

11-8, 11-7, 11-5 (38m)

[2] Jan van den Herrewegen
Miles Jenkins (Eng)
11-6, 11-4, 11-2 (35m)
[2] Jan van den Herrewegen (Bel)

Finals, 21-Nov:
Rory Stewart (Sco) 3-0 Marcus Hayes (Eng)                  12-10, 11-2, 11-4 (25m)
Owain Taylor (Wal) 3-2 David Haley (Wal)     7-11, 11-8, 12-14, 11-4, 11-7 (88m)
Kevin Moran (Sco) 3-0 Josh Owen (Eng)                        11-8, 11-6, 11-7 (36m)
Charlie Lee (Eng) 3-0 Matthew Broadberry (Eng)             11-4, 11-5, 11-5 (28m)

Round One, 20-Nov:
Rory Stewart (Sco)  3-0 Jack Turney (Eng)  11-8, 10-12, 11-2, 11-7 (50m)
Marcus Hayes (Eng) 3-0 Phil Nightingale (Eng)     11-5, 11-5, 6-1 rtd (28m)
Owain Taylor (Wal) 3-0 Kieran Mullis                      11-3, 11-3, 11-1 (23m)
David Haley (Wal) 3-2 Ben Ford (Eng)    11-9, 8-11, 11-9, 5-11, 11-8 (69m)
Kevin Moran (Sco) 3-0 Andy Murray (Eng)              11-3, 11-4, 11-3 (24m)
Josh Owen (Eng) 3-1 Jamie Henderson (Sco)  9-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-6 (35m)
Charlie Lee (Eng) 3-0 Nigel Stephens (Eng)             11-4, 11-3, 11-6 (19m)
Matthew Broadberry (Eng) 3-0 Ali Jafari (Eng)         11-9, 11-6, 11-5 (29m)
24-Nov, Semis:
Top two seeds through to final

Chris Hall & Pete Oddy report

Jaymie Haycocks 3-0 Lewis Walters

A reasonably straight forward match for the number one seed tonight, Haycocks always in control. His tight hitting coupled with patience and superior drops being enough to make the difference.

Walters not quite having enough at the front to disrupt the top seed and perhaps opening up the court a little too early and often.

Jan Van Den Herrewegen 3-0 Charlie Lee

The best match of the tournament so far, featuring perhaps the two in form players coming into the event. Jan has looked very strong in his earlier rounds and Charlie already showing his huge potential.

The first game was very even, both playing at a very high pace and looking to take control of the middle. Van Den Herreweggen finding his best form to take a very tight game which showcased the superb hitting and movement of both players. Lee showing signs of frustration for the first time all week in the second game, looking for winners slightly early and making a few errors, Jan taking advantage.

A refocused and patient Lee took to the court for the third game and really made Jan work hard for his points up to 6-6. A couple of good rallies from Lee but he just found the tin on what would have been the winning shot to give Jan the advantage he needed to close out the match. The crowd showing huge appreciation for both players at the end.


23-Nov, Quarters:
Top two seeds through to semis

After all the upsets of the first round, a sense of order was restored in the quarter-finals as top seeds Jaymie Haycocks and Jan van den Herrewegen comfortably won through to the semis, where they will face Lewis Walters and Charlie Lee.

Chris Hall & Pete Oddy report

Jaymie Haycocks 3-0 Matthew Broadberry

Jaymie set off like a train in the first, keeping the pace high and looking to take the ball early at every opportunity, finishing the rallies with some lovely touches at the front. The second started in the same vein with Haycocks racing to an 8-3 before Matt really upped his game and managed to match the pace of our top seed.

Broadberry attacking more and finding a number of winners into the front, twisting and turning his opponent to good effect he managed to recover to 10-10. A fortuitous back wall nick for Haycocks took him to game ball before he closed it out.

The Nottingham student continued his attacking play in the third to take a 5-2 lead before Haycocks regained his rhythm and took charge to win the next 9 rallies and take the match

Lewis Walters 3-1 Owain Taylor

Yet another match played at a quick pace, both players showing great variety in their games and excellent court coverage, particularly from Lewis. Owain taking a tight first game and still looking fresh despite his previous efforts in this tournament.

Walters kept the pace high over the next three games and managed to create good leads in each despite some well contested rallies. Taylor perhaps tiring slightly and giving away a few too many strokes at important times. A very fair match played in good spirit.

Charlie Lee 3-0 Rory Stewart

A supreme start for Charlie, onto the ball quickly and firing in accurate drives along with showing lovely touch at the front. Rory tightened up over the next two games and gave Lee a far sterner test, forcing the Englishman to really earn his points.

Stewart hitting four Mizouki winners in the third game alone!. Despite some spirited play from the Scot, Charlie just seemed to have the edge in his accuracy and speed around the court.

Jan Van Den Herrewegen 3-0 Mark Fuller

A really gutsy performance from Mark who must have been feeling the effects from last night's match and his PSL marathon on Tuesday. Jan setting a ferocious pace and looking strong across the middle of the court, forcing Fuller to work hard to stay in the rallies.

The match remained competitive throughout with both players showing a strong short game, Jan just having the edge and controlling more of the play.

22-Nov, Round One:
Seeds suffer in Sutton Coldfield

It was a bad day for the seeds in the first round of the Sutton Coldfield International with just three reaching the quarter-finals, alongside three qualifiers and the lucky loser !

Chris Hall & Pete Oddy report

Jaymie Haycocks 3-0 Stuart Macgregor

A strong performance from the top seed, dominating the first two games with great variety and firing the ball in short with good effect; his attacking boast proving particularly effective. Stuart managed to get into things in the third, getting Jaymie off the T and reading his opponents short game slightly better. Haycocks taking a more even third game 11-8.

Mark Fuller 3-1 Kevin Moran

A fast start from Kevin, hitting the ball hard and low and taking everything very early, Mark not able to match it and looking slower into the front than the Scot. This theme continued into the second with Moran racing to a 5-0 lead before Mark really started to dig in and return his opponents attacks. Moran then starting to force things and making a few unforced errors whilst Fullers movement had definitely improved.

Moran still managed to hold 3 game balls at but couldn't quite close things out, Fuller coming back to take a crucial second game 12-10. A less competitive third game as Mark seemed to grow in confidence whilst Kevin became slightly frustrated, looking to attack at the wrong times. The fourth was high quality with both giving it their all, The Nottingham man just coming out on top to take 4 game victory.

Rory Stewart 3-1 Mike Harris

A fast paced game throughout in this one. The first game very even with Harris being the more aggressive, hitting a number of outright winners but also some errors. Rory just the more consistent at the end of the game. Stewart played a controlled second game, countering well with Harris perhaps trying to do too much too early.

Last year's finalist wasn't going to give up without a fight and came out looking determined in the third, taking a 6-0 lead with some positive squash and going on to take the game comfortably. Stewart was always just in front in the fourth, Harris not quite finding the same attacking magic as last year.

Lewis Walters 3-0 Nick Mulvey

Another faced paced start from these two, both showing excellent court coverage and taking the ball early. Mulvey countering beautifully on his way to an 8-4 lead before a number of errors and perhaps slight loss of concentration allowed Lewis back in to take the game.

The second was all Walters, who was stepping up the court and volleying everything, combined with some great winners t the front. Mulvey switched back on in the third playing some much better stuff but couldn't quite do enough to extend the match.

Owain Taylor 3-1 Kyle Finch

Kyle going one up with some fast aggressive squash and showing real quality taking the ball in short. Owain changed his game in the second, taking the ball early to negate his opponents speed, coming out on top in a close game. A tactic he maintained in the third and fourth, mixing some ferocious drives with fantastic touches at the front to upset the seeding.

Charlie Lee 3-0 Patrick Rooney

Charlie looking very sharp from start to finish and Patrick looking slightly off the pace. Despite this, Lee was made to work hard for a lot of his points, retrieving and countering brilliantly to gain control of the any longer rallies.

Jan Van Den Herrewegen 3-0 Miles Jenkins

One of the quality matches of the evening with Jan's extra court coverage proving the difference. Miles dug in and did produce some quality rallies but mainly being forced onto the defensive and squeezed into mistakes. Jan running out a 3-0 winner.

Matthew Broadberry 3-0 Ben Coates

Following a very tight first game Matt kept the pressure on with some great retrieving which eventually led to errors from Ben, This pattern continued into the third for what was eventually a comfortable victory.

21-Nov, Qualifying Finals:
Chris Hall reports

Rory Stewart 3-0  Marcus Hayes

A tough test for Marcus today against up and coming Scot Rory. Hayes started strongly, playing at a fast pace and firing in a number of quick boasts and attacking crosscourts which caught Stewart off guard. Stewart showing his class at the death to sneak the first 12-10.

A noticeably more focused Stewart really took the game to his opponent in the second stepping up the court and punishing anything loose. Hayes tightened up in the third and this game was much more competitive but he couldn't quite do enough to close the gap.

Owain Taylor 3-2  David Haley

This match was a real battle of attrition with both players giving absolutely everything they had. The first three games were very even, neither player being able to maintain a lead despite creating 4-5 point advantages within the games.

Owain was perhaps the more likely to take the ball in short with David countering well. There was absolutely nothing to separate the two as Haley took a 2-1 lead. Taylor managed to pull away in the 4th to take it comfortably and we were down to a decider.

The fifth saw a few traffic problems as the players tired and Haley feeling that his Welsh counterpart wasn't clearing the ball effectively. Very even until 6 apiece before a few string rallies from Taylor gave him the win.

Kevin Moran 3-0 Josh Owen
A high paced affair from the start with both players looking to get in front and control on the volley, Josh matching his more experienced opponent shot for shot to 7 all. Kevin managing to find some quality to sneak a very competitive first game 11-8.

From this point the rallies were still fiercely contested but it seemed Moran just had a slight edge in strength and experience. Owen showing enough to suggest he will be a challenger for this title in years to come.

Charlie Lee 3-0  Matthew Broadberry
A strong start from Charlie who was playing some accurate squash and controlling the volley, Matt perhaps making a few unforced errors in the first game.

From then on we saw some much more competitive play but Charlie always seemed to be slightly in control with some excellent placement

20-Nov, Qualifying Round One:
Chris Hall reports

Rory Stewart 3-1 Jack Turney
A real game of attrition. A very close first two games with both players striking the ball well and showing excellent court coverage. Those two games perhaps taking slightly more out of Jack as Rory just had the edge in games 3 and 4. A great game played in tremendous spirit.

Marcus Hayes 3-0 Phil Nightingale
An excellent performance from home favourite Marcus against Phil who was struggling slightly with his movement due to an injury. Hayes playing clever squash to keep his opponent twisting and turning, using his trademark angles to fire in a number of winners. Nightingale eventually conceding at 6-1 in the third.

Owain Taylor 3-0 Kieran Mullis
Club junior Kieran really had his work cut out against Nottingham student Owain Taylor. Taylor showing his racket skills and power to keep Mullis on the run and not giving him a chance to settle. Mullis fought until the end and kept looking to volley and attack but didn't quite manage to trouble his opponent.

David Haley 3-2 Ben Ford
A real battle this one and a good crowd treated to some quality squash. David looking to keep the pace high and volley to take time away from Ben, whilst Ford was showcasing his superb racket work in changing the angles and using height effectively. Haley managing to sneak the win in the fifth.

Kevin Moran 3-0 Andy Murray
Despite some trademark winners from Andy, Kevin got too many balls back and managed to twist and turn the England O45 international to good effect. In several rallies Murray must of thought he had won 2 or 3 times but the ball kept coming back with quality.

Josh Owen 3-1 Jamie Henderson
The second upset of the evening saw a couple of important changes of momentum that really influenced proceedings. Josh 9-3 up in the first before Jamie ups his quality to draw level at 9 all. A cross court nick attempt off the serve from Josh opening up the court for Henderson to hit a winner before the Scot closed out the game. Henderson looked well in control in the second game and was always slightly ahead, leading 7-4 before a real loss of concentration. Owen pounced on this and turned things around to draw level. The Warwickshire junior really found his form in the third and fourth games to play some excellent squash, Henderson throwing in a few too many unforced errors.

Charlie Lee 3-0 Nigel Stephens
A tough draw for first team player Nigel against rising star Charlie Lee. Stephens playing some excellent squash and attacking the front well but the ball always seemed to be coming back and with quality. Lee showcasing some lovely touch at the front combined with his accurate length hitting.

Matthew Broadberry 3-0 Ali Jafari
A great start from Ali against the higher ranked Matt, some controlled squash and real attacking intent to take an 8-4 lead. Matthew battled back to take a tight first game 11-9. Despite some very competitive rallies it was Broadberry who always had an edge to take the match in straight games.

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