TWP St George’s Hill narrowly lost their first Premier Squash League fixture against last years champions Surrey Health and Rackets. The match went to the deciding game of the final match when TWP’s Daryl Selby (World ranked 35) relinquished a two game lead against World number 11 Peter Barker. Barker’s comeback was aided by some harsh refereeing decisions which left the normally placid Selby remonstrating fruitlessly with referee Rae Anderson.
Earlier in the evening 20 year old Rachel Willmott performed admirably against the might of former World no 6 Vicky Botwright. Willmott rallied steadily but sucummbed 3-0 to the experienced Lancashire player.
Walton’s Joe Lee The British Junior Champion, celebrated his 19th birthday with a fine win over World no 89 Ben Ford. Lee cruised to a 2-0 lead playing some fast paced attacking squash. Ford dug deep and although tiring rapidly played constructively to force the match to four games. Lee clung on to clinch the match despite a nail biting finish when Ford saved several match points.
TWP’s Hungarian import Mark Krajscak looked a little off the pace against Italian number 1 Davide Bianchetti who deserved his 3-0 victory.
22 year old Tom Richards played with aggresive panache against Surrey Health and Rackets captain Tim Garner. Richards took the first two games but Garner slowed the pace and sneaked a game before Richards regained his supremacy to win 3-1.
An unfortunate narrow defeat for the young TWP St George’s side who look certain to be challenging for a semi final place by the end of the season.
The next match is on Tuesday 21st October against ProBuild Bristol at St George’s Hill starting at 7.00pm. Tickets can be purchased from 07905 102094 and cost £10 for adults and £5 for children under 16.