Unfortunately, the author was away for the first home match of the season against Wigan. By all accounts, it was a fantastic night of squash which rewarded the home and visiting supporters that turned out in large numbers to watch.
Topping the bill was Joel Makin versus Patrick Rooney. It was a gruelling affair and both players were exhausted at the end of the match. Joel’s strength and endurance eventually saw him win in 4 games. In the other matches, Adrian Waller, Andy Whipp, Emily Whitlock, and Ameel Talib all won to keep the home team leading the division.
The next match was at Liverpool CC and it is always a tough venue to play at with a large partisan crowd. First on was Connor Sheen against Joel Makin (below). The first game was closer than the score suggested. But it took its toll on Connor and, apart from a few flashy shots, he had no answer to Joel’s dominating presence who won in 3 games. Lwamba Chileshie’s match against Adrian Waller was a joy to watch (top). Both players were playing well, but Adrian was always ahead seemingly having more time on the ball than Lwamba. Victory went to Adrian.
On one of the side courts, Matty Powell had beaten Sam Wileman and this match was followed by Lewis Harding against Emily Whitlock. Emily started well and took the first 2 games. Meanwhile back on the show court Owain Taylor took on Andy Whipp (above). When Owain took the first 5 points with no reply, you had a sense of what was coming and, indeed, it did.
Owain was simply too good and continually forced loose shots from Andy that he then mopped up with relative ease.
So, when Lewis started to pull back the deficit to Emily, the noise levels went up several notches. When he won the 4th game 12-10 to draw level, it reached a crescendo. Andy duly lost, and the outcome of the tie now depended on the 5th game. It was close and tense, but Emily won it 9-11 to clinch the tie. With Bowden winning also, it couldn’t be much closer at the top of the Division – a mere 2 points in favour of Warrington.
Next week it’s a home match against Alderley Edge.