Round FIVE, Tue 04-Dec:  

Group A:

Birmingham University 4-1 Nottingham                              CB 4-1
   Joey Barrington 3-0 Eddie Charlton                    9/6, 9/4, 9/5 (24m)
   Mohamed El Shorbagy 3-0 Lewis Walters          10/8, 9/3, 9/6 (24m) 
   Jonathan Harford 3-1 Duncan Walsh            9/7, 9/0, 4/9, 9/3 (26m)
   Joel Hinds 3-0 Neil Desai                                    9/0, 9/4, 9/4 (22m)
   Emma Chorley 0-3 Sarah Kippax                        5/9, 5/9, 7/9 (18m)

Pontefract 0-5 Benz-Bavarian Duffield                               CB 0-5
   Ryan Thompson 1-3 Andrew Whipp                      5/9, 4/9, 9/7, 7/9
   Neil Cordell 2-3 Alex Stait                            6/9, 6/9, 9/7, 9/5, 8/10
   Adam Taylor 2-3 Peter Billson                       9/6, 9/5, 2/9, 3/9, 5/9
   Sam Wileman 0-3 Shaun le Roux                               7/9, 8/10, 5/9
   Kirsty McPhee 0-3 Laura Hill                                 2/9, 1/9, 9/6, 7/9

Oxford 3-2 Redditch                                                             CB 3-2
   Scott Handley 1-3 Jonathan Kemp                        7/9, 9/6, 4/9, 4/9
   Chris Ryder 3-0 Jaymie Haycocks                               9/7, 9/6, 11/9
   Kristen Johnson 3-0 James Snell                                 9/7, 9/4, 9/5
   Thomas Phipps 3-2 Andrew Birks                 9/5, 4/9, 10/8, 6/9, 9/7
   Kerri Shields 0-3 Jaclyn Hawkes                                 6/9, 4/9, 2/9

Group B:

St Georges 3-2 Bristol                                                          CB 3-2
  Alister Walker 1-3 Adrian Grant                         7/9, 9/7, 10/12, 7/9
   Daryl Selby 3-0 Joseph Kneipp                                15/13, 9/5, 11/9
   Mark Krajcsak 3-2 Peter Marshall                  4/9, 6/9, 10/8, 9/7, 9/7
   Joe Lee 3-2 Lewys Hurst                                  9/5, 5/9, 4/9, 9/7, 9/6
   Rachel Willmott 1-3 Laura Mylotte                        6/9, 10/8, 6/9, 2/9

Chichester 1-4 Surrey                                                         CB 2-3
  Tim Vail 1-3 Bradley Ball                                     9/3, 3/9, 7/9, 3/9
   Peter Genever 1-3 Davide Bianchetti                   9/7, 4/9, 3/9, 3/9
   Tom Pashley 2-3 Adrian Waller                    3/9, 9/11, 9/4, 9/7, 6/9
   Oliver Pett 3-2 James Robbins                       9/3, 5/9, 6/9, 9/6, 9/7
   Dominique Lloyd-Walter 1-3 Vicky Botwright         7/9, 1/9, 9/6, 0/9



PSL scoring is PAR to 9, two clear

Round FIVE
04-Dec          TABLES

Group A:
Pontefract 0-5 Duffield
Oxford 3-2 Redditch
Birmingham 4-1 Nottingham

Group B:

Chichester 1-4 Surrey
St George's 3-2 Bristol
Some unfamiliar names, but Brian is going for Surrey, Birmingham and Duffield to win handsomely,
with help from an anonymous tipster giving St George's and Oxford the nudge at 3-2 ...

RESULT - 9 out of 10 points ...
Next round 29-Jan
Pontefract v Nottingham
Redditch v Duffield
Oxford v Birmingham

Chichester v Guildford
Bristol v Surrey


Duffield Celebrate
20 Not Out In PSL

Roundup fron Howard Harding

Derbyshire club Benz-Bavarian Duffield established a remarkable record in Tuesday's fifth round of the Premier Squash League by beating Pontefract 5/0 away from home to record their 2oth consecutive unbeaten tie at the end of the first half of the season in the prestigious England Squash league sponsored by Towergate tlc

The victory extends Duffield's lead at the top of the Group A table to 23 points - ahead of University Sport Birmingham, who beat a Nottingham squad weakened by the last-minute absence of top string Simon Parke through injury. Birmingham scored a 4/1 home win, while Esporta Oxford defeated league newcomers Energie Fitness Redditch 3/2 to overtake Nottingham and move into third place in the standings.

In Group B, PNH Properties Chichester suffered their first loss of the season as PCL Whitehall Security Surrey H&RC extended their unbeaten run with a 4/1 away win.  And there were celebrations elsewhere in Surrey when Luxfords St George's Hill, of Weybridge, secured their first win of the season by edging out Probuild Bristol 3/2 at home.

It was back in April 2006, two seasons ago, that Duffield last lost a tie - since when the club has won the national title twice and kept all-comers at bay.  But despite the absence of England No1 Tania Bailey and the new world No5 Nick Matthew - who will lead England's defence of the title in the Men's World Team Championships later this week in India - Duffield were up to the task against a junior Pontefract side, also reduced by the absence of England internationals James Willstrop and Lee Beachill.

But the 5/0 victory hides a series of tough encounters in which the Yorkshire youngsters battled hard for local honours before succumbing to more experienced opposition. In the opening match, 22-year-old Kirsty McPhee produced an impressive fight back against Laura Hill before the experienced Duffield 31-year-old secured her 9-2, 9-1, 6-9, 9-7 win.  And Pontefract's 19-year-old Adam Taylor led Manchester's seasoned Peter Billson before bowing out 6-9, 5-9, 9-2, 9-3, 9-5 to the Duffield No3.

The second string clash also went to the wire, with Duffield's Alex Stait stemming a fight back by Neil Cordell before beating the Pontefract 18-year-old 9-6, 9-6, 7-9, 5-9, 10-8.

"I'm really proud of the team - it's a remarkable achievement to have notched up 20 ties without defeat," said Duffield team manager Brian Hargrave. "It's a credit not only to the great squad we have - which, like tonight, can handle things when our top players are unavailable - but also to our fantastic loyal supporters.  When players are struggling - like they did tonight - they really get behind them and it makes a real difference.

"But Pontefract deserve great credit - their young side really gave us a good fight, going for every ball and really making  us work hard for our win," added Hargrave.

Kristen Johnson and World University champion Chris Ryder were winners for Esporta Oxford, while New Zealander Jaclyn Hawkes and England No6 Jonathan Kemp clinched victories for visitors Energie Fitness Redditch. But, according to Oxford team manager Jason Martin, the fourth string match between the hosts' Thomas Phipps and Andrew Birks "was always going to be the pivotal one". 

And so it turned out to be, with 20-year-old Birks twice cancelling leads by his 21-year-old opponent before Phipps finally clinched the 9-5, 4-9, 10-8, 6-9, 9-7 win - with a forehand cross-court volley nick - which gave the Oxford crowd the chance to cheer a dramatic home victory.

Sarah Kippax was the sole winner for Nottingham, dismissing the hosts' Emma Chorley 9-5, 9-5, 9-7 in just 18 minutes in the opening match at University Sport Birmingham. But the home side came back with a vengeance, with Joel Hinds, Jonathan Harford, Mohamed El Shorbagy and Joey Barrington - fresh from a successful qualifying campaign in last week's World Open in Bermuda - all winning in quick succession to give the student team its third win of the season.

Both teams were trying to protect unbeaten season-long runs in Group B when PNH Properties Chichester entertained Croydon's PCL Whitehall Security Surrey H&RC. But the 9-3, 5-9, 6-9, 9-6, 9-7 victory by Sussex's 19-year-old former England junior international Oliver Pett over Kent's 31-year-old James Robbins proved to be the Sussex side's only win as Vicky Botwright, Adrian Waller, Davide Bianchetti and Bradley Ball claimed hard-fought wins to hand the Surrey visitors a 4/1 win and a comfortable midway season top-of-the-table position.

Meanwhile, the home crowd at Luxfords St George's Hill enjoyed the first win of the season when the team hosted last season's runners-up Probuild Bristol. The home side recovered from an early loss by Surrey University student Rachel Willmott to Irish international Laura Mylotte when Joe Lee, Mark Krajcsak and Daryl Selby all recorded dramatic victories - Lee fighting back from 1/2 down to beat Lewys Hurst 9-5, 5-9, 4-9, 9-7, 9-6 and Hungarian No1 Krajcsak overcoming a two-game deficit to defeat former world No2 Peter Marshall 4-9, 6-9, 10-8, 9-7, 9-7.

The visitors earned a final consolation when England international Adrian Grant survived a close match against rising star Alister Walker, the England No11, 9-6, 8-10, 9-6, 9-2 - to leave the Weybridge club as 3/2 winners.

Duffield score a score

Brian Hargrave reports 


Too close for comfort              Get me out of here !!!


Kirsty McPhee  1-3   Laura Hill    2-9, 1-9, 9-6, 7-9

Pontefract top world coach, Malcolm Willstrop, spoke very highly of his assistant coach Kirsty McPhee in the introductions and McPhee seemed still to be in a caching mode during the first two games which Hill won comfortably 9-2 9-1  in just over 10 minutes. Both games followed a similar pattern with Hill controlling the T and McPhee being made to scamper al around the court by an opponent who was moving well and hitting good lengths.

In the third McPhee showed all the fighting qualities expected of someone from the Willstrop coaching stable. Suddenly McPhee found her rhythm and it was Hill’s turn to have to do most of the running as McPhee cut out the errors and began to put Hill under pressure as mistakes crept into the Duffield player’s game and she lost the game 9-6 . Hill regained the initiative in the fourth establishing a 6-2 lead but McPhee hit back to level the scores and then edge in front at 7-6. Hill dug deep and reeled off three quick winners which included a crucial point when most observers and McPhee thought the ball had gone out of court.

The defending champions had one point on the board albeit to close for comfort at times bearing in mind what was happening on the adjoining court.

Billson again has Duffield supporters
on the edge of their seats

Adam Taylor2-3  Peter Billson  9-6, 9-5, 2-9, 3-9, 5-9

In round 4 Billson had recovered from 2-0 down to beat Birmingham’s Joel Hinds. Young Taylor was playing some superb squash putting his more experienced opponent under pressure and. Taylor was picking up everything Billson threw at him and was keeping the bal tight down the walls denying Billson the opportunities to parade his variety of shots.
Taylor took the first two games 9-6 9-5 but Billson still looked calm and confident . Suddenly Billson was in complete control as he comfortably won the in next two games 9-2 9-3 to level the scores. Billson relaxed and found himself 2-0 down in the fifth, The rallying call cries “come on Pete” from the large band of loyal Duffield supporters must have been music in Billson’s ears and he responded by turning on the style to take the fifth 9-5. A valiant effort by Taylor who showed great fighting qualities with an abundance of skill particularly in the first two games.

A nervous Le Roux makes a
successful return to his old club

Sam Wileman  0-3  Shaun le Roux 7-9, 8-10, 5-9

Le Roux formerly played at Pontefract and admitted that he was slightly nervous which showed in the opening two games with both players taking it in turns to play quality squash and then make unforced errors. Le Roux just edged a tight first game 9-7 but found himself game ball down at 8-7 in the second. Le Roux stayed calm and won three quick points by increasing the tempo and hitting good lengths. Le Roux had taken the sting out of his opponent and always seemed to be in control in the third which he duly won 9-5 to clinch a 20th consecutive PSL victory for the Derbyshire village club which surely must be a record and which had Howard Harding researching his records to no avail.

Stait on the ´strait´ and narrow but another
close encounter goes Duffield’s way 

Neil Cordell  2-3  Alex Stait 6-9, 6-9, 9-7, 9-5, 10-8

The programme listed Stait as Strait with a plug that he was invaluable in a high class league. Certainly the last minute signing has impressed the Duffield supporters. Cordell has been coached at Ponte for many years and has played for England at U17 level being currently ranked 8 at U19 level. Cordell reminds me of James Willstrop at the same age and in tradition with a protégé of the world’s top coach rarely asks for a let preferring to play the ball whenever possible, Stait looked the sharper player in the firt two games with both players playing tight squash at the front of the court and the ball clung to the side walls requiring both players to display excellent racket skills. Stait took the first two games both 9-6 and looked relaxed despite having to work hard for every point. Stait looked to have heading for victory at 7-6 up in the third but Cordell, who was growing in confidence, came through on the rails 9-7. Stait was left wondering how he had failed to clinch victory and this was reflected in the way he quickly lost the fourth 9-5. Cordell was on a roll and Stait was looking worried about upsetting the crystal ball prediction on . Up stepped Mr Whippy to give his friend some sound advice which seemed to have worked when the experienced Stait reached match ball at 8-6.  Cordell was working his opponent hard whilst himself retrieving some incredible shots and looking a bright prospect for the future. Cordell leveled at 8 all but Stait dug deep and finally squeezed home10-8
Whippy celebrates Manchester Open
success with another victory.

Ryan Thompson  1-3  Andy Whipp 5-9, 4-9, 9-7, 7-9

Whippy was on cloud 9 after beating Guildford’s supremo Stephen Meads to win the Manchester BSPA Open on Sunday. Whippy brought his wife along and he looked full of confidence as he comfortably win the first two games 9-5 9-4. Whipp looked in sight of victory and a 9.15pm finish when he led 7-6 in the third. Thompson came back as both players attacked at will and Thompson deservedly won a point for his team. The fourth looked to be over at 8-4 in Whipp’s favour but Thompson got back to 8-6 thanks to the players ignoring a cal that Thompson’s ball was down. A let was the decision at the end of a lengthy rally but Whipp came through 9-7 to agree the CB prediction.

I am a celebrity get me out of here,
and put me on the right track ...

The pre match introductions by Malcolm Willstrop were very complimentary for both yours truly, the Duffield Squash Club and its loyal band of travelling supporters.

The outward journey had gone very smoothly with the navigator/manager taking over responsibility from Tom Tom the Ponte Squash club was reached in record time without Stephen Milward our infamous Mini Bus driver putting a foot wrong. The convoy of Port Vale football supporters on the M1 heading for Leeds must have been envious of seeing squash supporters enjoying such luxury travel. Our team sponsor, Felix Frixou of Benz- Bavarian had been a late withdrawal after a customer expressed an interest in buying the new Lamborghini in his show room. Must get priorities right!

The journey back started in high spirits with the manager getting a vote of confidence from the Chairman despite the record run of success. The warning signs were soon showing on the A1 with plenty of advance notice that the slip road to the M1 south was closed. Ignore it came the cry and the casting vote went to school girl Sarah Warner on the ground the warnings of queues heading north had been wrong. We were soon to discover that the slip road was closed so heading north on the M1 towards Sheffield and Leeds was the only option only to discover a 5 mile queue of traffic heading south so the navigator decided to overall Tom Tom and go via Sheffield city Centre. All was going well with the A61 signs for Chesterfield until Howard phoned for a comment on the run of success. The navigator was momentarily distracted and next minute Stephen was racing on the tram tracks dodging the trams.

Order was quickly restored despite Howard not being able to help with the directions. The next crisis was to be faced with the warning signs that we were running on empty and the next 3 garages were all closed.

A chance to take in the sights of the crooked spire of Chesterfield, Clay Cross famous for its councillors and then to Stephen’s relief a garage in Clay Cross was still open,..

The next landmark was the Alfreton Tax Office where the navigator had been in charge for 5 years and which was shortly to close with the staff moving to Nottingham. A minutes silence seemed appropriate and by the time Little Eaton was finally reached on the stroke of midnight the display of Christmas lights had been witched off to save energy.

Home sweet home and Tony was looking forward to seeing Dorothy.

PSL TABLES (after Round Five)

                                Ties       Matches     Games     Pts

                              P   W   L    W    L     W     L

   Group A:

Benz-Bavarian Duffield         5   5   0   21    4    66    28    91

University Sport Birmingham    5   3   2   14   11    53    42    68

Esporta Oxford                 5   3   2   12   13    44    53    59

Nottingham                     5   2   3   10   15    42    51    52

Energie Fitness Redditch       5   1   4   11   14    43    49    48

Pontefract                     5   1   4    7   18    34    59    39



   Group B:

Surrey H&RC                    4   4   0   16    4    52    24    72

PNH Properties Chichester      4   3   1   11    9    43    39    58

Probuild Bristol               4   1   3    8   12    39    44    44

Luxfords St George's Hill      4   1   3    8   12    33    43    38

UniSport Guildford             4   1   3    7   13    26    43    31