Mens Over 35 and Womens Over 50 Inter County Finals 24 & 25 March Colets Health Club
ROUND 4 MATCH 1
S.E. WALES V DERBYSHIRE+
Derbyshire Ladies looked to upset South East Wales’ outside title contention when number 1 string Sturgess beat unbeaten Johnson in a 5 set thriller. Despite this spirited comeback by Derbyshire to level the game at 1-1 Davies gave South East Wales the match when she beat 2nd string Lindsay 3-1.
Sian Johnson v Lesley Sturgess 2-3 9/2, 2/9, 9/6, 4/9, 3/9 34m
Lynne Davies v Carolyn Lindsay 3-1 9/3, 9/1, 6/9, 9/0 17m
Cath Horler Clee v No Match 3-0 Walkover
ROUND 5 MATCH 1
YORKSHIRE V SURREY
Yorkshire looked to keep in the title race with Avon when they faced Surrey in their first match of the day. Nevins kicked things off with a 5-setter against Beckman who fought back in the 3rd and 4th game to tie the match at 2-2 going into the 5th; despite this Nevins eventually prevailed with a 3-2 win, fueling Yorkshire’s title fight. The second match of the tie saw Surrey’s Bennett face 2 battles on court; no.1 string Arrowsmith and a body full of illness, and despite a brave battle Yorkshire managed to clinch the game 3-0. With the overall win already in Yorkshire’s hands the final match was now just a battle for points for Surrey, Yorkshire un willing to let anything slip however had other ideas and managed to oust their southern counterparts taking the final match 3-0 and grabbing all 12 points on offer.
Paula Arrowsmith v Tammy Bennett 3-0 9/3, 10/8, 9/6 23m
Julie Field v Julie Ledger 3-0 10/8, 9/1, 9/5 26mins
Julie Nevins v Karen Beckman 3-2 9/6, 9/7, 4/9, 3/9, 9/6 35m
Yorkshire win 3-0 POINTS 12-2
ROUND 5 MATCH 2
AVON V S.E. WALES
After picking up a maximum 24 points on Saturday, Avon went into Sunday hoping to keep up with their incredible form from the previous day, South East Wales’ however had other ideas. First on Court was 3rd String Pippa Green who bagged a 3-0 victory over South East Wales’ Horler-Clee. The second match on court proved to be a show of pure class and determination by SEW 1st string Johnson who came back from being 2-1 down against Gould to take the match 3-2 in 42 minute. With the Match tied at 1-1 it all came down to the 2nd strings Bellinger and Davies, and despite what looked like a late comeback from Avon’s Bellinger, Davies managed to hold her back; taking the match 3-0, gifting SWE an overall 2-1 victory.
Helen Gould v Sian Johnson 2-3 8/10 10/9 9/2 5/9 1/9 42m
Rosie Bellinger v Lynne Davies 0-3 7/9, 0/9, 4/9 35m
Pippa Green v Cath Horler-Clee 3-0 9/7, 9/6, 9/2 33m
South East Wales Win 2-1 POINTS 5-9
ROUND 6 MATCH 1
SURREY V DERBYSHIRE
Despite being a player down for the entire tournament Derbyshire’s women continued their fight back on Sunday, this time against Surrey taking the match 2-1with 2 impressive victories over their 1st and 2nd String. And Despite Surrey’s best effort neither North nor Ledger could hold back a determined Derbyshire team of Sturgess and Lindsay.
Maggie North v Lesley Sturgess 0-3 4/9, 7/9, 4/9 27m
Julie Ledger v Carolyn Lindsay 0-3 4/9, 5/9, 2/9 22m
Karen Beckman v No Player 3-0 Walkover
Derbyshire WIN 2-1 POINTS 3-9
ROUND 6 MATCH 2
YORKSHIRE V AVON
The Penultimate tie of the day was a big one for both Counties involved as the winning county would also be crowned the Women’s O50 inter county Champions, so a lot was at stake. Avon’s Green kick started the proceedings with an impressive 3-0 win over Yorkshire’s Nevins. Yorkshire went into the second match knowing that only a win would do and 1st string Arrowsmith didn’t fail to deliver coming back from a game down to win 3-1 against Gould. Everything rested on the final match of the tournament which proved to be a match of pure class and skill by both players involved; Yorkshire’s Field took an early 2 game lead in the match but Bellinger un-willing to give up fought back in the 3rd to make it 2-1. Bellinger continued her fight back in the Fourth but was unable to hold down a big enough lead and after 53 minutes Field grabbed victory against Bellinger and gifted Yorkshire the title.
Paula Arrowsmith v Helen Gould 3-1 5/9, 9/4, 9/5, 9/3 31m
Julie Field v Rosie Bellinger 3-1 9/4, 4/6, 6/9, 9/7 53m Julie Nevins v Pippa Green 0-3 4/9, 3/9, 5/9 19m
Yorkshire win 2-1 POINTS 9-4
YORKSHIRE 4 22 +12 + 9= 43
S. E. WALES 3 14 + 11 + 9 = 34
AVON 2 24 +5 + 4 = 33
DERBYSHIRE 1 2 + 4 +9 =15
SURREY 0 6 + 2 + 3 = 11
MIDDLESEX V OXFORDSHIRE
A strong looking Middlesex team were eager to secure 3rd place, but Thomson seemed to pull a muscle in his back early on and had to retire when it went as he tried to retrieve a drop shot. Martin then put Oxfordshire 2 up as he played some delightful squash against McLaughlin. Couch won a tough match against Street to keep Middlesex in the hunt but Handley secured 3rd spot for Oxfordshire when he beat Nardelli 3-0. In the dead rubber 2nd string match Olby faced Cairns with nothing but pride at stake with Oxfordshire clinching the team victory in the previous match, alas Offordshire’s Cairns prevailed taking the match 3-0; making it a 4-1 team victory.
Jago Nardelli v Scott Handley 0-3 5/11, 7/11, 4/11 25m
Guy Olby v Mark Cairns 0-3 6/11, 3/11, 4/11 30m
Mike McLaughlin v Jason Martin 1-3 7/11, 12/10, 8/11, 6/11 30m
Alex Couch v Simon Street 3-2 6/11, 11/7, 8/11, 11/8, 11/8 48m
Alan Thomson v Stewart Lucidi 0-3 3/11 2/11 RTD 18m
HERTFORDSHIRE V SURREY
Old rivalries were re-ignited when Hertfordshire met Surrey in the O35 men’s final. 5th String Aldridge kicked things off for Surrey coming back from a game down to take what was a tightly fought match 3 games to 1. Baker then extended Surrey’s lead by beating Coker 3-0. Hertfordshire’s fate lay in the hands of 1st string Gregory who despite giving it all on court narrowly missed out on keeping Hertfordshire’s title hopes alive, losing 3-0. With Surrey already having clinched the O35 title, Stanley restored some Hertfordshire pride by winning 3-1 against Surrey’s Nicholson, and 2nd String price claimed an even more impressive victory over his younger rival Frankland; who was 9 years his Junior.
Mike Gregory v Stacey Ross 0-3 10/12, 7/11, 8/11 22m
Eamonn Price v Neil Frankland 3-2 5/11, 11/6, 11/9, 5/11, 11/8 51m
Alistair Coker v Mark Baker 0-3 8/11, 6/11, 5/11 28m
Chris Stanley v Steve Nicholson 3-1 11/8, 16/14, 8/11, 11/9 36m
Las Fernando v Marc Aldridge 1-3 11/9, 11/13, 5/11, 13/15 39m