This was the last match of the season and, with the League won, we wanted a final celebration. The score line suggests it was a stroll, but as with many sports and squash in particular, the result does not tell the full story.
First on was Andy Whipp playing Arron Ken. Coming out of the blocks like a sprinter, he made short work of the match winning easily in 3 games. Andy has played all 20 matches this season, losing just 4 – a captain’s performance for sure (below).
Meanwhile, Emily Whitlock took on Matt Sherman on the show court. Emily too was untroubled by Matt. Her movement around the court and shot accuracy ensured she won in 3 games (top and below). Just the start we wanted. Emily has played 10 games this season and remains undefeated.
On court 6, Peter Astbury was up against Dave Porter. Peter made a poor start and lost the first game. He was behind in the second game too and it looked as though he would lose. But somehow he fought back and just managed to edge the game 13:11. Winning this game transformed his play and the shots went up rather than down. He took the third 11:5 and swept to victory in the fourth 11:3 (below). From being on the ropes, he managed to secure the tie and everyone could relax a bit.
On Court 5 was the much-anticipated contest between Adrian Waller and Emyr Evans. Adrian took the first and Emyr took the second. The home crowd was completely absorbed. Forget the score, the rallies were varied and skillful, with both players trying to work the opening for the winning shot. In the end, Adrian gained the upper hand and won the third and fourth games (below). It was a joy to watch. Adrian has won all 6 matches he has played and has only dropped the one game in this match.
The final match was equally entertaining - Rob Downer against Danny Massaro. Danny, despite his advancing years, showed great fitness and matched Rob for retrieving and power. Rob just managed to win the first game 12:10, but he was being forced in to making some uncharacteristic mistakes. These continued in the second game and Danny tied the match at one all. Rob stuck to his task, and with both players giving everything; Rob held on to win the next two games (below). Rob has played 11 times this season losing just once at Crewe.
So the result of the tie was a 20 points to 3 win for Warrington, but that hardly reflected the contest. I should mention the other players who have contributed to the Team's success, particularly Adam Taylor, Rob Taylor and Nat Fairhurst who all have been regular team members. But our greatest thanks go to our main sponsor, Alan Edge. But for his generosity and support, we would not be celebrating another fantastic season. Alan has pledged his support for another two years - great news for WSC.
Thank you too to all those who have come along to support the team at home matches - it makes a big difference.