It should have been a great night of squash between the top 2 teams in the table, but it was rather disappointing with a few players either unavailable or ill/injured.
First on was Olivia Howell against Carlton Oldham at 4th string (above). Carlton dominated the first two games playing some fine shots. Then he let it slip and Olivia pulled one back. He was back to the task in the next game to win 1-3. On the show court, Jacob Robinson was up against James Earles. James looked off form from the start (above). He was not convincing in the first game but managed to string a series of better shots to take it 6:11. It was the same in the second. He was always behind, and Jacob drew level. In the third and fourth games, so many shots were going down that it was easy for Jacob to win the match 3-1.
On the other court Matt Lowery took on Sam Wileman (below). Sam made a positive start by winning the first game. Matt responded and won the second. Sam then started to fade losing to 7 and the next game as well to 4. Another match lost 3:1.
Meanwhile on the show court it was the turn of the veterans: 49-year-old Nick Wall (snr) against 40-year-old Andy Whipp (above). This was by far the most entertaining match played in the best of spirits. Andy won the first game in convincing fashion. Nick got into his stride in the second game, and it was much closer. Nevertheless, Andy took a 0-2 lead. The third game was closer still going to 10 all, then to 11 all, before Andy closed out the match to bring the tie level.
Next it was Nick Wall (jnr) who is ranked 80th in the PSA World ranking against Joel Makin who is ranked 9th (above and top). The first game was rather disjointed with frequent lets interrupting play. It was pretty much even before Joel edged ahead 11:13. After that Joel stepped up a level. He won the second game to 6 and, by the third game, the difference of 71 ranking positions was clear. Nick had no answer for Joel’s pace and precision. So, the tie was won but it was not spectacle hoped for.
The result leaves Warrington clear at the top of the table by 14 points. Liverpool in third place closed the gap to Bowdon to 6 points by scoring a maximum 20 points at Bollington. Next week, Warrington host Grove Park in the final match of the first half.