BUSY DAY OF FUN SQUASH BEFORE KENT OPEN CLASH
Despite the disappointment of John Rooney’s withdrawal from the Kent open semi-finals due to food poisoning, there was still plenty of entertaining squash on display during the day.
The Kent Open doubles was followed by a Challenge Match between the
Outer Kent League and the SE London Priory League.
Star players Karim Samy, Wael Farag and Malaysian Asyraf Azan happily
joined in the fun. Farag beat Azan and Samy beat Tim Garner, captain
of Priory champions Dulwich, to record two wins for Outer Kent but the
Priory boys had too much strength down the order and won 6-4.
The pros then joined a dozen Kent players for a Lightning Round which
featured Azan and county junior Elliot Knight in the final.
Wael Farag enjoyed a long spell of court time, winning 20 points, before he was finally
shifted from the showcourt by Azan. But the final result brought the
biggest cheer of the day as 16-year-old Knight won the decider and the
cash.(But he’s still moaning about the outcome of the Doubles!!)
Harford then joined The Mote’s Jonny Powell in a fun doubles match
against Team Malaysia, with Azan and Ivan Yuen winning two games to
one before top seed Alan Clyne took to the court for his semi final
against Piedro Schweertman.
Aftre the PSA semi-finals the Kent SRA made a special presentation to Egytpian coach Alam Soliman to mark his 25 years of service to the county. Soli was surrounded by family and friends as he received an inscribed glass rose bowl and a bunch of flowers for his wife, Naima.
All in all a great day of squash – and more fun today as the Finals Day programme kicks off with the Doubles final between Rodmersham teams Gary Clarke and Neil Baker against Steve Smith and David Rannard.
12 noon: Doubles Final
1pm: JUNIOR CHALLENGE: Kent Under-15 squad v England Squash SE Region.
3pm: RACKETBALL CHALLENGE: Ted Jeal v Jonny Powell
4pm: KENT OPEN PSA FINAL: Alan Clyne v Jonny Harford
Can you please take some pictures for the site also?
added by Joe Magor