Crewe is always a tough venue and this Tuesday was no exception. First up was Nat Fairhurst playing Richard Davies – a classic case of youth versus experience. This time youth prevailed. In fact, Nat played really good squash – patient when he needed to be, quick around the court, and some delightful attacking boasts to win in 3 games (below). First blood Warrington.
Meanwhile Emily Whitlock made a welcome return to the team and took on Nathan Cole. Nath showed some great disguise on his shots and took the first 11:9. Emily was always behind in the second game but made a brilliant comeback from 6:10 down to win the second 13:11. She won the third but then Nath won the fourth. In a tight and competitive fifth, Emily squeezed home 11:9 (below).
Back on the main court, Andy Whipp played Ollie Hudson. Andy was off the pace in the first game and Ollie took the honours. But then Andy got into his stride and won the next 3 games convincingly 11:2, 11:4 and 11:3 (top and below). This game was over before Emily’s game finished so it was actually Emily who secured the tie for Warrington.
Following Emily on court was Adam Taylor against Jack Turner. Jack won the first but Adam fought back to win the second 12:10. He was leading in third when a decision went against him. After which, he rather lost the plot allowing Jack to sneak in and take the game 12:10. He was never quite in the game thereafter and lost the fourth also.
Meanwhile, the No.1’s were strutting their stuff - Rob Downer vs Jan Van Den Herrewegen. This was a fantastically even match and a long one too. Even the spectators were exhausted watching! It was nip and tuck all the way. Both players were highly mobile retrieving shots that you thought were winners. Of course it went to 5 games. Rob successful defended several match points against him in the fifth but, finally, it went Jan’s way 12:10 to great applause from the home crowd (below).
So in the end with every team member scoring points, Warrington won 17 points to 9. The Bowdon-Alderley Edge match result had not been posted at the time of writing, but it is understood to have been a 15:9 victory to Bowdon. That means Alderley Edge is now out of it and only Bowdon stands in our way to the title.
Next week is a gap week for Bowdon and we play Grove Park at home. If we can score 17 points or more, we become Champions otherwise it will go to the next match. With that as the target; it should be a good match.