British National Squash Champs 2013  ē  11-17 February ē Manchester  ē

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Masters Finals:

M75:  Pat Kirton bt John Woodliffe                         9/2, 9/6, 9/5 (26m)
M65:  Barry Featherstone bt Aubrey Waddy            9/5, 9/2, 9/1 (27m)
M70:  Bill Wilson bt Adrian Wright             9/2, 9/7, 9/4, 5/9, 9/3 (59m)
M50:  Martin Greenslade bt James Ockwell             9/6, 9/3, 9/2 (32m)
M40:  Peter O'Hara bt Jamie Goodrich       11/6, 11/4, 5/11, 11/3 (29m)
M55:  Peter Upton bt Duleep Adihetty                     9/4, 9/7, 9/7
M60:  David Manning bt Nick Drysdale      6/9, 7/9, 9/5, 9/1, 9/2 (52m)
M45:  Yawar Abbas bt Murray Scott          6/9, 9/1, 6/9, 9/6, 9/3 (93m)
M35:  Tim Vail bt Ben Ford                               11/9, 11/8, 11/7

 

W40:  Isabelle Tweedel bt Sarah Parr             9/4, 9/6, 9/1, 9/6 (37m)
W50:  Mandy Akin bt Fran Wallis                           9/3, 9/1, 9/2
W35:  Laura Mylotte bt Sarah Taylor                     9/2, 9/3, 9/2
W45:  Rina Einy bt Kay Fallows                             9/3, 9/3, 9/2 (27m)
W60:  Rebecca Czuczman bt Bett Dryhurst     9/1, 9/1, 2/9, 9/2
W55:  Julie Field bt Jacky Gardner              3/9, 9/5, 10n/8, 9/4 (40m)

    

Semi Finals:

Menís Over 35
[1] Tim Vail bt Michael Potter (Cheshire)           11/5, 11/6, 11/5 (26m)
[2] Ben Ford bt [3/4] Marc Woolhead                11/13, 11/4, 12/10, 11/8 (43m)

Menís Over 40
[1] Peter OíHara bt [3/4] Nick Wall                   11/8, 11/3, 8/11, 11/6 (47m)
[2] Jamie Goodrich bt [3/4] Paul Boyle             11/5, 2/11, 11/5, 7/5 rtd (37m)

Menís Over 45
[1] Yawar Abbas bt [5/8] David Youngs            9/5, 9/5, 5/9, 9/0 (29m)
 [3/4] Murray Scott bt [5/8] Andrew Cross       9/1, 9/0, 9/7 (44m)

Menís Over 50
[3/4] Martin Greenslade bt [5/8] Ged Martin   9/10/, 9/6m 9/5, 10/9 (67m)
[5/8] James Ockwell bt [9/16]Grant Miller                 10/8, 9/1, 9/0 (29m)

Menís Over 55
[5/8] Peter Upton bt [1] Peter Alexander                  9/1, 7/6 rtd (33m)
[2] Duleep Adhihetty bt [3/4] Stephen Johnson     7/9, 5-9, 9/4, 9/7, 9/3 (56m)

Menís Over 60
[3/4] Nick Drysdale bt [1] David Lumdsen     9/7, 9/7, 0/9, 9/1 (40m)
[2] Dave Manning bt [3/4] Ronnie Bell               9/4, 9/1, 9/0 (25m)

Menís Over 65
[1] Barry Featherstone bt [5/8] Martin Day           9/2, 9/0, 9/2
[3/4] Aubrey Waddy bt [5/8] Dave Hardern           9/0, 9/0, 9/1 (18m)

Menís Over 70
[1] Adrian Wright bt [3/4] Brian Hardcastle       9/2, 9/1, 9/7 (19m)
3/4] William Wilson bt [2] Mike Clemson          9/6, 10/8, 9/2 (32m)

Men's Over 75
[1] Pat Kirton bt Keith Allcock                            9/2, 9/4, 9/1 (22m)
[2] John Woodliffe bt Lance Kinder      9/7, 7/9, 9/6, 8/10, 9/4 (59m)

Womenís Over 35
[1] Laura Mylotte bt [3/4] Sarah Robinson             9/2 9/4 9/3 (23m)
[3/4] Sarah Taylor bt [2] Katie Lawrence       9/2, 3/9, 9/3, 9/0 (26m)

Womenís Over 40
[1] Isabelle Tweedle bt Alison Goy                      9/5, 9/2, 9/6 (22m)
[2] Sarah Parr bt Alison Insley                    9/5, 9/6, 9/5 (27m)

Women's Over 45
[1] Rina Einy bt Rachel Woolford                   9/5, 9/2, 6/9, 7/9, 9/6 (42m)
Kay Fallows bt [2] Linda Winda             9/3, 4/9, 9/4, 6/9, 10/8 (51m)

Womenís Over 50
[1] Mandy Akin bt [3/4] Helen Gould                9/1, 9/2, 6/9, 9/4 (28m)
[2] Fran Wallis bt [3/4] Fiona McLean      9/5, 9/6, 8/10, 6/9, 9/6 (60m)

Womenís Over 55
[1] Julie Field bt [3/4] Jan Ellis                       9/5, 9/3, 9/1 (27m)
[2] Jackie Gardner bt Lynne Davies                9/6, 9/4, 9/5 (24m)

Women's Over 60
Bett Dryhurst bt [1] Avril Murphy             W/O
[2] Rebecca Czuczman bt Jane Hill           9/5, 9/7, 9/2 (32m)

AUBREY WADDY v DAVID HARDERN

A comfortable semi final win for the player turned writer, Aubrey Waddy. Showing great skill and athleticism, Waddyís shots were perfectly placed and proved to be too much of a stretch for the less mobile Hardem.

However the final score which was 9/0, 9/0, 9/1, does not give enough credit to Hardem who was able to keep the rallies going to provide an enjoyable watch for the spectators. Needless to say when Hardem left the drawing board in the third game, a loud cheer was heard from both crowd and court.

Both players showed great talent and sportsmanship, which Waddy will no doubt take to the finals.

FIONA McLEAN VS FRAN WALLIS

The first of the Wo50 semi finals saw Fran Wallis against Fiona McLean. Both players were extremely skilful and competitive, and so did not disappoint the crowd who came to cheer the two players on.

The first game was very close and no score was seen until 5 minutes in. Wallis kept her head down and managed to power through to win 9-5.

The second set saw a shaky start for Mclean and it looked to be all over when Wallis ran ahead to an 8-2 lead. McLean held her nerve and played some outstanding squash to bring it back to 8-6. Wallis may have taken the 2nd game but McLean looked like she was just getting started.

The next game was more of the same only this time Wallisís power was not enough to take the points and McLean polishes up with a 10-8 win.

Mclean who was incredibly tenacious carried on her magnificent come back with a 4th game win, but was unable to hold on in the 5th and Wallis displayed some fabulous skills and variety of shots to take the win 3 games to 2.

PAT KIRTON VS KEITH ALLCOCK

In this highly competitive fixture between two men who have been competing against each other for so long there was no surprise that nerves were running high.

Allcock had great pace around the court and his strength and power was phenomenal. Unfortunately however even Allcock could not compete with Kirtonís fabulous drop shots and beautiful angles.

There was great sportsmanship and respect between the men, which made this semi final a joy to watch.

LANCE KINDER VS JOHN WOODLIFFE

The 2nd semi final in the menís o75 category was a battle of titanic proportion. This 5 set thriller had the crowd on their feet. We enjoyed the highs of some amazing flexibility and power but also the lows of several missed serves from both players.

Kinder had some great disguise shots which left Woodliffe no chance, but this was counter played by Woodliffeís consistently good return serves.

Woodliffe kept his cool the whole way through the match, willing himself on in periods of fatigue. Kinder smiled all the way to the end, but was beaten in a very close final game by Woodliffe, who won 3 matches to 2.

The final which will see Pat Kirton vs John Woodliffe promises to be a great fight, with some extraordinary squash.
 

Masters Quarter-Final Quickies

Menís Over 35


National Racketball Champion Tim Vail (Sussex) was in good form as he beat Ian Cox and now faces surprise Semi Finalist Michael Potter (Cheshire) on the all glass court on Saturday. Middlesexís Jago Nardelli put up some resistance before bowing out to 3/4 seed Marc Woolhead (Hertfordshire) 11/4 10/12 11/4 14/12 in 58 minutes. Woolhead now faces No2 seed Ben Ford who beat Danny Massaro (Lancashire) 3-0.

Menís Over 40

Itís the expected Semi Finals as all the main seeds won without major incident.

Menís Over 45

Manchesterís Yawar Abbas (D&C) got off to a slow start and by his own admission didnít play well but still did enough to fight back and defeat 9/16 seed Steven Calvert (Northumbria) 3-1. Abbas now moves on to face David Youngs (Norfolk) who sprung a surprise defeat on 3/4 seed Eamonn Price (Hertfordshire). However the big surprise of the category came in the final game with 5/8 seed Andrew Cross (D&C) digging deep to fight back from 1 down to take out the No2 seed and many peoples tip for the title Frank Ellis (Avon).

Menís Over 50

Middlesexís Adrian Jaski became the first top seed to bow out after a thoroughly deserved and comfortable win for 5/8 seed Ged Martin. Although the second was tight and went to 10-8 Martin never looked in any danger and goes into tomorrowís semis with confidence to face 3/4 seed Martin Greenslade (Dorset). The bottom of the draw has completed opened up with James Ockwell (Middlesex) taking out the other 3/4 seed Greg Loach (Derbyshire) and 9/16 seed Grant Miller defeating 5/8 seed Durmot Hurford who struggled from the off before retiring 9/0 and 3/0 down.

Menís Over 55

The pick of the todays Over 55 matches was a 75 minute marathon between 3/4 seed Stephen Johnson (Lancashire) and 5/8 seed Colin Shields. The higher ranked Johnson lost the first and third before sneaking it 9/7in the decider. The shock of the round came with Peter Uptonís comprehensive 3-0 win over the higher seeded Stuart Hardy Ė his reward a Semi Final clash with multiple nationals champion Peter Alexander (Suffolk).

Menís Over 60

It was a straight forward day for the Over 60ís who had 2 rounds to negotiate but all 4 top seeds progressed without a game dropped between them.

Menís Over 65

No1 seed and favourite Barry Featherstone (Hampshire) looked unstoppable as he demolished Stephen Daly for the loss of only 3 points Ė itís going to take some performance to halt his march towards the title. Nottinghamshire's Dave Hardern had to fight back after losing the first before taking control over the second seed Rodney Boswell (Cheshire) and joining Featherstone in the semiís with a fantastic 3-1 win. The other Quarter Finals were incredibly close 3-2 encounters, Aubrey Waddy lost the first in his game with Chris Ansell (Berkshire) before triumphing 9/2in the fifth while Yorkshireís Martin Day completed the Semi Final line up with a victory against the seedings over Geoff Howes of Surrey.

Menís Over 70

Adrian Wright (Yorkshire) got the defence of his Over 70 crown off to a flier with an impressive display in defeating John Shaw (D&C) 3-0. In fact it was a good day for all the top 4 seeds but it wasnít easy for 3/4 seed William Wilson (Cheshire) who was twice pegged back by Andrew Beeston (Merseyside) before finally running out a 9/1 6/9 9/2 4/9 9/1 winner in 37 minutes.

Womenís Over 50

Hot favourite Mandy Akin (Kent) is looking good and took just 12 minutes to see of the challenge of Lesley Sturgess (Derbyshire). The remaining 3 quarters all went to seed but Tammy Bennett made 3/4 seed Fiona McLean work hard for her 3-1 win.

Womenís Over 55

Another good day for the seeds as all the top four made the semiís, but Jan Ellis (Avon) almost threw it away after taking a 2-0 lead over Susan Meadows (Lancashire). Meadow dug deep and took the 3rd and 4th before Ellis managed to steady the ship and take it 9/6 in 39 minutes.
  Masters Quarter Finals

Menís Over 35
[1] Tim Vail bt Ian Cox                                            11/6, 11/2, 11/3 (18m)
Michael Potter bt [5/8] Mick Biggs                   11/8, 10/12, 11/9, 11/7 (49m)
[3/4] Marc Woolhead bt [5/8] Jago Nardelli    11/4, 10/12, 11/4, 14/12 (58m)
[2] Ben Ford bt [5/8] Danny Massaro                      11/8, 13/11, 11/8 (45m)

Menís Over 40
[1] Peter OíHara bt [5/8] Stuart Summers         11/8, 11/3, 6/11, 11/3 (28m)
[3/4] Nick Wall bt [5/8] Jonathan Gliddon         12/14, 11/7, 11/1, 11/5 (48m)
[3/4] Paul Boyle bt [5/8] John Hanson              6/11, 11/6, 11/5, 11/8 (40m)
[2] Jamie Goodrich bt [5/8] Glen Ragou                    11/7, 11/4, 11/8 (31m)

Menís Over 45
[1] Yawar Abbas bt [9/16] Steve Calvert       5/9, 9/2, 9/4, 9/7 (57m)
 [5/8] David Youngs bt [3/4] Eamonn Price     9/3, 9/6, 7/9, 9/4 (47m)
[3/4] Murray Scott bt [9/16] Gary Clarke       9/4, 2/9, 9/3, 9/2 (61m)
[5/8] Andrew Cross bt [2] Frank Ellis              2/9, 9/6, 9/2, 9/1 (53m)

Menís Over 50
[5/8] Ged Martin bt [1] Adrian Jaski                              9/3, 10/8, 9/6 (30m)
[3/4] Martin Greenslade bt [9/16] James Barrington    5/9, 9/3, 9/2, 9/0 (30m)
[5/8] James Ockwell bt [3/4] Greg Loach                  2/9, 9/1, 9/7, 9/0 (47m)
[9/16]Grant Miller bt [5/8] Dermot Hurford                        9/0, 3/0 rtd (11m)

Menís Over 55
[1] Peter Alexander bt [5/8] David Stones    9/1, 9/1, 10/8 (23m)
[5/8] Peter Upton bt [3/4] Stuart Hardy     9/2, 9/6, 9/2 (30m)
[3/4] Stephen Johnson bt [5/8] Colin Shields   27/9, 9/2, 5/9, 9/6, 9/7 (75m)
[2] Duleep Adhihetty bt [5/8] Robin Ridley    9/5, 9/7, 9/3 (26m)

Menís Over 60
[1] David Lumsden bt [5/8] Ian Holmes         9/2, 9/3, 9/6 (30m)
[3/4] Nick Drysdale v [5/8] John Goodrich     9/5, 9/3, 9/5 (34m)
[3/4] Ronnie Bell bt [9/16] Mark Thompson     9/4, 9/2, 9/3 (26m)
[2] David Manning bt Geoffrey Wilcock          9/0, 9/6, 9/1 (15m)

Menís Over 65
[1] Barry Featherstone bt  Stephen Daley   9/0, 9/0, 9/3 (15m)
[5/8] Martin Day bt [3/4] Geoff Howes        9/1, 0/9, 9/6, 1/9, 9/5 (40m)
[3/4] Aubrey Waddy bt [5/8] Chris Ansell   2/9, 10/8, 9/4, 5/9, 9/2 (45m)
 [5/8] Dave Hardern bt [2] Rodney Boswell  3/9, 9/7, 9/2, 10/9 (43m)

Menís Over 70
[1] Adrian Wright bt John Shaw                9/2, 9/1, 9/1 (21m)
[3/4] Brian Hardcastle bt Dudley Bostock   9/2, 9/1, 9/6 (15m)
[3/4] William Wilson bt Andrew Beeston    9/1, 6/9, 9/2, 4/9, 9/1 (37m)
[2] Mike Clemson bt Nigel Belle                9/1 rtd (5m)

Womenís Over 50
[1] Mandy Akin bt [5/8] Lesley Sturgess              9/0, 9/1, 9/0 (12m)
[3/4] Helen Gould bt Jill Campion                        9/4, 9/3, 9/3 (22m)
[3/4] Fiona McLean bt [5/8] Tammy Bennett   9/3, 4/9, 9/3, 9/0 (32m)
[2] Fran Wallis bt Carolyn Lindsay                     9/0, 9/0, 10/9 (18m)

Womenís Over 55
[1] Julie Field bt Annette Davies         w/o
[3/4] Jan Ellis bt Susan Meadows       9/6, 9/6, 4/9, 3/9, 9/6 (39m)
Lynne Davies bt Patricia Comer         9/1, 9/2, 9/3 (15m)
[2] Jackie Gardner bt Jane Law          10/8, 9/4, 9/2 (25m)
 

Up to the Semis - Martin Pearse reports

M35 late withdrawal of ĺ Clive Ewins meant newcomer Michael Potter reached his 1st national semi- final, whilst allocated seeds Ben Ford and Marc Woolhead progressed as expected. However, the standout player Ė indeed in the whole tournament, is the ultra-talented No.1 seed Tim Vail, well worth a visit to watch. His exhibition against the extremely hard hitting Ian Cox of Norfolk was a spectatorial delight.

M40 with a spate of injuries over the whole seed up system, no.1 seed Nick Taylor found with his calf muscle tear it was impossible to continue in a main round match, so Scot Peter OíHara was re seeded at 1. He duly plays Abbeydaleís circuit pro Nick Wall in one semi, whilst at the bottom end of the draw newcomer Paul Boyle, winner of a couple of regionals faces no.2 seed Jamie Goodrich.

M45 Yawar Abbas, on his home courts, will be hard to dislodge from his top seed up position, and despite a spirited fight from Northumbrian Steve Calvert, ensures yet another national semi-final vs Norfolk David Young, conqueror of Eamonn Price, in a long awaited match. Surprise of the tournament though was the demise of Scot no.2 seed Frank Ellis who found Durhamís Andrew Cross too much of a handful, losing 2/9 9/6 9/2 9/1 in 53 energetic minutes. Runaway Scott in a vociferous battle, edged Gary Clarke will all his attendant Windlesham supporters 9/4 2/9 9/3 9/2 in 61 minutes.

M50 suprises no.1 seed Adrian Jaski fell to Ged Martin both housewives favourites! Jaski suffering from a long term injury, wasnít able to impose himself, the Yorkshireman winning 9/3 10/8 9/6. Martin Greenslade back from his severed Achilles was in top form when Hong Kongís James Barrington, whilst no 3/4 seed Greg Loach found a resurgent James Ockwell too good 2/9 9/1 9/7 9/0. He faces Grant Miller the lucky recipient of 2 walkovers against No.2 Jon Evans and 5/8 Dermot Hurford!

M55 upset as 3/4 seed Stuart Hardy crashed out to former champion, fellow policeman, Peter Upton, always in control 9/2 9/6 9/2. Upton faces no.1 Peter Alexander, whilst Stephen Johnson got the fright of his life against England no.6 Colin Shields who justified his England selection with a 7/9 9/2 5/9 9/7 9/7 75 minute battle, a narrow narrow loss for the likeable northern, who travels to every regional with Pete Lonsdale. Duleep Adihetty at 2 came through against Robin Ridley 3-0.

M60 the sublime skills of Dave Lumsden were in evidence as he comprehensively deceived Ian Holmes, and newcomer Nick Drysdale justified his seeding winning 9/5 9/3 9/5 against Jon Goodrich. Ronnie Bell faces Dave Manning in the other semi -final.

M65 with 2 seeds Chris Goodburn and Martin Pearse late injury withdrawals the over 65 was sadly decimated, especially as no.2 seed Rod Boswell obviously had not recovered from his calf injury, but was forced to play to satisfy international selection criteria. Geoff Howes upgraded to 3/4 seed after his victories over Chris Ansell found Yorkshireís Martin Day just too much in a see-saw battle, and Ansell, missing out on international selection by virtue of a single point (he lost 10/9 in the 5th to Howes), nearly got into the top 4, just losing to Aubrey Waddy who faces Dave Hardern.

M70 sees Adrian Wright vs Brian Hardcastle whilst William Wilson overcame Andrew Beeston. In the Bottom half Nigel Bell had to retire against Mike Clemson.

W35 Laura Mylotte looks out and out favourite whilst in the womens 40 Alison Grey overcame Sue Smith 3-0. Semis day sees Isabelle Tweedle v Gay and Alison Linsley v Sarah Parr

W50 is a strong draw, with Mandy Akin no.1 seed, annihilating Lesley Sturgess 9/0 9/1 9/0. Helen Gould overcame Jill Campion 9/4 9/3 9/3 whilst Scot Fiona never stopped stopped running McClean beat Tammy Bennett 3/1, and Fran Wallis awaiting a knee operation, was too strong for Caroline Lindsay fromDerbyshire.

In the womens 55, Jan Ellis gained revenge over Susan Meadows in a 40 minute battle 9/6 9/6 4/9 3/9 9/6, and in the bottom half Lynne Davies winner over Patricia Corner 3/0 faces Jacqui Gardner who beat Jane Law 9/4 10/8 9/2

Masters Thursday Update

Menís Over 35

The top seeds got to sit out Wednesday as all 9/16ís seeds, except the withdrawing Nevil Appleton (Middlesex) made it through to Round 2 - with the pick of the matches being Nick Hargreaves hard fought victory over Dean Newberry (Sussex). After losing the first Hargreaves narrowly won the next two before Newberry levelled it and took it into a decider which went the way of Hargreaves to set up a Round 2 clash with 5/8 seed Jago Nardelli (Middlesex). No1 seed Tim Vail begins his quest for a maiden masters title later on Thursday as does No2 seed Ben Ford (Kent)

Menís Over 40

After pulling up injured in the Menís Qualifiers the Menís Over 40 defending champion and No1 seed Nick Taylor (Lancashire) withdrew promoting Scotlands Peter OíHara and Jamie Goodrich (Norfolk) to the top slots. Round 1 saw 3 of the 9/16 seeds fall - Iain Stokes (Merseyside) took out Ady Proctor (Lincolnshire) with a close 14-12 10-12 12-10 11-4 win whilst Michael Harris (Shropshire) and Jason Morris (Cheshire) defeated Nick Lavery (Bedfordshire) and Matthew Stephenson (Yorkshire) respectively, providing thought for the seeding panel!

Menís Over 45

In contrast to the Over 40ís the 45ís has gone to seed so far. Local favourite Yawar Abbas (D+C) dispatched Simon Spence to set up a Quarter Final encounter with Steven Calvert (Northumbria). At the other end of the draw in form Frank Ellis (Avon) looks to be a man on a mission with 2 wins so far for the loss of just 13 points and now faces Andrew Cross (D+C). The remaining quarters see Eamonn Price (Hertfordshire) take on David Youngs (Norfolk) and Murray Scott (Derbyshire) against Gary Clarke (Warwickshire)

Menís Over 50

The Over 50ís has progressed through 1 and 1/2 rounds without any major incidents so far. In the top half of the draw the expected quarters of Adrian Jaski (Middlesex) against Ged Martin (Yorkshire) and Martin Greenslade (Dorset) verses James Barrington (Sussex). Only Barrington has dropped a game so far and had to come from a game down before easing past Stephen Edmondson (Cumbria) in Round 1.

Menís Over 55

The seeding panel proved they are not usually far out with all top 8 seeds through to Fridays Quarter Finals.

Menís Over 60

Boasting an impressive 38 draw the Menís Over 60ís is starting to take shape. Unseeded Geoff Walton has gate crashed Round 3 with a solid 3-1 victory over 9/16 seed John Rae (Scotland), and for his troubles now faces a battle against 3/4 seed Nicholas Drysdale (Avon). The Over 60ís face a tough Friday with 2 rounds to manoeuver for those hoping to make the Semi Finals.

Menís Over 65

A host of injures and withdrawals meant that the Over 60 draw needed to be reshuffled and only 2 Round 1 matches took place Ė 3/4 seed Geoff Howes (Surrey) and 5/8 seed Dave Harden (Nottinghamshire) both progressing without too much trouble. The No1 and 2 seeded positions are now taken by Barry Featherstone (Hampshire) and Rodney Boswell (Cheshire).

The Menís Over 70ís and the Womenís masters start their campaigns on Friday
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