At last! 1st team squash has restarted after an enforced absence of over 18 months.
First match of the season was at The Northern and first up was Rayaan Haq against Andy Whipp. Andy was too strong for his opponent and Warrington got off to flying start winning 0-3 without any drama.
Next it was new signing James Earles playing at 2. James is not your archetypal squash player either in looks or how he plays. He was up against Matt Roberts. Matt started the better and won the first game. Then James began to find his rhythm and the shots were finding their targets. By the end of the match, he was dominant winning 1-3.
On the other court, the other new signing Ben Smith, playing at 1, took on Muqtadir Nimji (above). Ben started well winning the first two games. He allowed the next game to slip as Muqtadir hit some great shots. But he came back strongly in the 4th game to win the match 1-3.
Meanwhile Emily Whitlock was finding her hands full with Saran Ngheim, an up-and-coming junior talent for The Northern (above). The first game was very tight with Emily shading it 10-12. The next game was equally well contested but again Emily managed to win. In the third game, Emily showed her match experience; slowing things down, taking her time and not making any mistakes. She got in front and extended her lead eventually winning 4-11. A score line of 0-3 really does not do any justice how well Saran played.
Finally, Ameel Talib played Jules Silvera (above). This was one of Ameel’s best performances to date. Looking totally in command from the start, he ran out a straightforward 0-3 victory and netting a full 20 points for Warrington.