Two excellent matches as the finalists in the Club Championship and the RAB trophy battled hard for honours.
In a repeat of last years final Ben Welton beat David Barber in an engrossing and hard-fought four-setter, to retain the title of Club Champion. A good crowd were at the club to watch some some excellent squash featuring long, tight and accurate rallies by the club’s top players, both of who have previously had their hands on the trophy – David umpteen times. Ben took the first game, but a lapse in concentration saw David level up at one all before Ben regained the initiative and took each of the third and fourth games 15/7. It was a match of high standard, enjoyed by all the spectators.
Ben Welton beat David Barber 15/6, 9/15, 15/7, 15/7
In the RAB, a tournament for members who have not previously won a major club tournament, Jonathan Robinson got off to a flying start taking the first two games with his accurate drop shots catching out Mark Jackson. But Mark clawed his way back to take the initiative and level at four games all. With both players tiring Jonathan hung on to clinch the match 16/14 in the fifth.
Jonathan Robinson beat Mark Jackson 15/7, 15-7, 10/15, 10/15, 16/14
Sadly there were not enough entrants to run either the Ladies or the Junior championships. Better turn-out next year…?