Kent have two British Open 2014 over 50s champions

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Colin Payne and Mandy Akin win the over 50’s British Open 2014 in Hull.

Reports from the weekend (British Open website)

Colin was in form in the 50’s this year and he moved through the rounds without dropping a game. The final was no different as he flew out of the blocks, going 7-0 up against Fredrik Johnson in the first before taking it 9-4. The second was more evenly contested but at 5-4 Colin put the pressure on to take the next 5 points to close it out and took that momentum into the third where he pushed on to take it 9-3 and with it the O50 title. (Mandy Akin says – I have never seen anyone beat Freddi Johnson!).

There was no stopping Mandy Akin in her semi final against Fran Wallis as she romped to a 3-0 win in 25 minutes. Akin started fast out of the blocks and took the first game 9-0, the second and third games saw Wallis compete early on but Akin soon pulled away in each to seal her place in the final.

Mandy retained her Open title with a hard fought battle against Fiona McLean. Akin took the first relatively quickly but the second was contested far better once McLean got herself into the match, taking it 10-8. The second and third were similar and very evenly matched as each took it in turns to have good spells and score points but Akin closed them out when it mattered to take them both and keep her O50 title for another year.


 Posted by Mandy Akin on May 20, 2014 at 7:44



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Amelia Henley won an all-Kent final against Georgina Kennedy to become the British Under-17 national champion.

Amelia, the No.2 seed who plays for Rodmersham, beat top seed Georgina Kennedy, from Bexley, in straight games at the National Squash Centre in Manchester.

Both girls entered the tournament as reigning champions, Georgina having won last year’s under-17 tournament and Amelia the under-15 event.

However, it was the younger Amelia who triumphed after a hard-fought battle.

The first game was extremely close, with Amelia squeezing home 13-11 in a tiebreak.

The second saw Amelia gain the upper hand to win 11-8 and she raced through the 11-2 to clinch victory in 23 minutes.


Bradley Masters of Maidstone enjoyed a good run in the Boys Under-17 competition, reaching the semi-finals before losing the 3/4 play-off final to Patrick Rooney of Merseyside 11-8, 14-12, 11-6.

Maidstone’s Josh Masters and The Mote’s James Evans competed in the Under-19 event.
Masters reached the third round before falling to 3/4 seed Lyell Fuller from Devon.
Masters finished fourth, winning his play-off final when Leicester’s George Parker retired through injury.
Evans, who lost to Parker in last year’s Under-17 final, went out in the second round to 5/8 seed Joe Green from Herts and finished in tenth position.
Evans still impressed the selectors after being chosen for the England squad for next year’s World Junior Championships in Namibia.
Sadly for Masters, he will be too old for selection by the time the event comes round.


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Ben Ford Succeeds At Second Attempt

The second weekend of Allam British Open pre-qualifying events saw Finchley Manor Squash Club in Middlesex host a men’s draw.

After two wins each, the final was between second seed Ben Ford, and 3/4 seed Tristan Eysele, and it turned out to be a thrilling marathon match lasting 78 minutes.

The fifth was neck and neck with Ford having the first of four match balls at 10-9 before finally taking it 16-14. After losing the final at Parklangley the previous week to Joey Barrington, Ford won through at the second attempt as he made it through to the Allam British Open Qualification draw which takes place at St Georges Hill Squash Club on 12-13 May.

Alex Phillips, a coach at Winchester SC and a regular in their PSL team won the men’s event at the K2 Leisure Centre, beating Clive Ewins 11-8, 11-5, 11-4 in the final in a tightly contested game.

Ford, the reigning British Open O35 Champion along with Phillips, joins Joey Barrington and Richie Fallows, who won their places in last week’s pre-qualifying events.

Georgina Ingham won the ladies event that ran alongside the men’s at the K2 Leisure Centre beating Kent’s Annabelle Collins Ballands 11-6, 9-11, 6-11, 11-8, 9-11 in the final to claim her place in the qualifying draw and in doing that made it a double for the Ingham family and St George’s Hill players – with Harriet already through from last weekend.


Ben Ford bt Tristan Eysele 15-13, 7-11, 7-11, 11-5, 16-14 (78m)

Posted by Alan Thatcher on May 1, 2012 at 9:41


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Joey Barrington and John Williams from host club Parklangley

Joey Barrington Follows Famous Fathers Footsteps

The first three Allam British Open pre-qualifying events took place on the 20/21 April, with Joey BarringtonRichie Fallows and Harriet Ingham claiming their places in the qualifying draws.

Barrington, the 32-year-old son of six-time champion Jonah, is currently ranked at #164 in the world after concentrating on his commentating role with SquashTV, but as a former world #24 is still a force to be reckoned with. The 32-year-old weathered the storm to complete a straight-games victory against Ben Ford in the final. Barrington finally completed a 16-14, 11-7, 11-6 victory in 50 minutes as he won the event at the Parklangley.

Richie Fallows also progressed to The Allam British Open Main Qualification draw. Fallows, is England’s leading under 17 player and a great prospect for the future. He competed in the event held at the Connaught Club, and endured a fierce onslaught from fellow England junior Nick Mulvey in his semi-final winning 8/11, 11/3, 12/10, 7/11, 11/8 before facing world deaf champion Jamie Mathews in the final.  The final was another epic five game match with Fallow’s coming out on top again 11/6, 7/11, 11/4, 11/13, 11/9, forcing his way through to the Allam British Open Qualification draw which takes place at St Georges Hill Squash Club on 12-13 May.

Harriet Ingham won the ladies event that ran alongside the men’s at the Connaught Club, beating Selina Sinclair 11/4, 13/11, 8/11, 11/5 in the final in another tightly contested affair to claim her place in the qualifying draw where she’ll play at her home club, St George’s Hill.

These events provide an opportunity for all the players involved to become a part of the Allam British Open, the winner of each event will progress into the main event qualification draw alongside world ranked players from the PSA and WSA world tours, from which the top eight players will join the world’s leading players in the Allam British Open Championships at the O2 Piazza.


Joey Barrington bt Ben Ford 16/14, 11/7, 11/6 (50m)

Richie Fallows bt Jamie Mathews 11/6, 7/11, 11/4, 11/13, 11/9 (55m)

Harriet Ingham bt Selina Sinclair 11/4, 13/11, 8/11, 11/5

The Kent event featured several young county players. James Evans and Bradley Masters both met the experienced Joey Barrington before he overcame Bexley coach ben Ford in the final.

Semi-finals: Joey Barrington beat Bradley Masters 11-8, 11-4, 11-7

Ben Ford beat Chris Tasker-Grindley 9-11, 11-7, 6-11, 11-5, 11-7.

Quarter-finals; Barrington beat James Evans 11-2, 11-6, 11-7

Bradley Masters beat Matthew Broadberry 11-5, 11-4, 11-9

Tasker-Grindley beat Steve London 11-9, 11-5, 11-9

Ben Ford beat Josh Masters 11-9, 11-9, 11-9

First round: Barrington beat Neal Brooker 11-2, 11-3, 11-5

Evans beat Ben Coates 12-10, 15-13, 12-10

B. Masters w/o

Broadberry w/o

Steve London beat Seigo Masuda 11-5, 11-6, 11-5

Tasker-Grindley beat Robin Broadberry 11-5, 11-3, 11-3

Josh Masters w/o

Ford beat Matthew Davis 11-5, 11-7, 11-8

Posted by Alan Thatcher on April 26, 2012 at 17:03


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The British Open is back on the calendar and it’s coming to Kent!

England Squash and Racketball announced today that the finals of the British Open will be staged at the O2 Arena in May 2012.

The sponsor, Egyptian businessman Assem Allan, is the owner of Hull City Football Club. He is building a sports village next to the football stadium and plans to move the Open to Hull from 2013 onwards.

Posted by Alan Thatcher on September 27, 2011 at 11:22