Ladies O50s

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Last Sunday saw the Kent ladies O50s team (les Dorrises) begin their quest to retain their national title won last year.

So far so good- one match played against Cambridgeshire and one victory duly recorded.

First on was captain Karen Hume, who nursing a flourishing cold, managed to record a 3/0 win over Rebecca Moore.  She was followed by number one string Mandy Akin, who despite having a swollen thumb following a fall from her bike, sustained victory over England international, Sarah Howlett, by the same score. Finally Candy Wilton, exhibiting all the flair and grace that we have come to expect from her, completed the hat trick of 3/0 victories for the team.

The second stage of the event will be held at Nuffield Health Bromley on Sunday November 26th, with Kent playing at 10 30am and 3pm and we look forward to seeing you there should you wish to come along and support.

Karen Hume

O60 Inter Counties Championships

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1. Paul Reader (H) Lost to Keith Hibberd (K) 0-3 9/10 5/9 5/9
2. Iain Nicholson (H) Beat Arthur Harvey (K) 3-2 8/10 9/10 9/5 9/0 9/5
3. Dave Harris W/O 3/0

First match off was Arthur and as we only had two players Kent was 1-0 down to start! Arthur started well going two games up winning key points taking the ball early. The Hampshire player played steady throughout the match.

Winning the third game was key to him winning the match – forcing errors and winning the key points thereafter!

One point in the middle of the third game I believe changed the match. I was given a let which I think warranted a point. All players have had this experience!!

A good enjoyable match even though a loss after travelling so far.

Keith took to the stage knowing Kent had already lost the match to Hampshire! Keith was very sharp from the start & that sharpness never slowed during the games ahead. He kept the pressure on his opponent in all three games.

A very well deserved win by Keith restored some pride in the score line.

A big thank, Keith, for travelling and playing, from me as team capt of the Kent O60 team.


Ladies O 50 show class

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The Kent Ladies O 50 team are The Inter County Champions for the second time in three years following their victory in Leicester this weekend

The semi – final against Avon was a tense affair- the match was poised at one tie all when number 2 string Candy Wilton went on court. She went 2- nil down before imposing her superior court craft on her Avon opponent and took the next three games for the loss of a handful of points. An audible sigh of Kent relief reverberated around the balcony!

The Sunday morning final saw Captain Karen Hume on first to face Yorkshire’s Julie Field- holder of numerous squash titles. Never having beaten Julie, Karen faced a difficult task. Playing ‘her best squash ever’ (quote from her husband and team Guru Robert Smith), Karen astounded the onlookers – and herself- by taking the match 9-2, 9-2, 9-4.

This match was followed by Mandy Akin achieving a hard fought 3-1 victory against Yorkshire’s number one Kate Fisher, giving Kent an unassailable lead. Candy, relieved not to have the outcome resting on her once again, proceeded to emulate Mandy’s performance winning another tense match 3-1. Referee, Linda Davie, commented that she felt privileged to have presided over such a highly competitive and skilful final.

Congratulations to the team and our thanks to Sue Giles who played in an earlier round to help Kent reach the final.

Men’s O55 Inter-County: Southern Promotion Box 2016

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Kent did an excellent job of beating Berkshire, Oxford & Somerset this weekend!

Results attached.

Kent v Berks win 4-1
Clive, Gordon won all matches 3-0 & Mark won two 3-0 & one 3-1
Trevor had a very hard first match & won 3-2 having been two down against Berks.
Nick Peel new to the 55s team injured in the first match & lost 3-0.

Kent v Oxford win 3-2
Arthur came in at 5 for the second match against Oxford & lost 3-2
Trevor found it difficult after his five game win earlier & lost 3-0
Mark Hobday moved to No 3 & won 3-0.

Kent v Somerset
Somerset could only field four players on Sunday.
Clive & Gordon winning 3-0 in their matches secured a win as I had a W/O at 5!
But Mark Hobday having come back off holiday also secured victory with a 3-1 win!

I now call Clive, Gordon & Mark the three Amigos😀

Many thanks to the O55s team for a great win over the week end & their continued support of Kent squash in the inter counties.

Team manager

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Searle, Young,Belle

Seldom have I, and others representing Kent, had to travel over 250 miles (and then back!) to play a weekend of squash! But on the weekend of 23/24 January Kent played against Surrey, Lancashire and hosts Merseyside.

Unfortunately our No.1 had to withdraw a week before the event and three other strong players were also not available. Had we had our strongest side out we would undoubtedly have been in contention for winners medals. As it was we came a poor 4th managing to win only a handful of games.

Lancashire won, Surrey 2nd, Merseyside 3rd, Kent 4th.

The full results are attached.

These show that our ‘star’ player, Keith Searle, playing at No.2 won 2 out of his 3 matches against Merseyside and Surrey.

Just turned 65, Peter Young at No.1 was up against strong opposition but although he played his heart out it was only against Lancashire that he came near to winning.

Nigel Belle at 73 and playing No.3 and only really the non-playing captain, had to play all 3 matches and although had close games against Merseyside and Surrey did not manage to win a match.

All in all however it was an enjoyable weekend – good company, good facilities at the Northern Club, Crosby and a chance to see Sir Anthony Gormley’s 100 bronze statues on a nearby beach.

Nigel Belle
January 2016

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Kent Girls U15 Inter County Finals

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Kent Girls under 15 squad travelled to Nottingham in good spirits and

full of excitement at reaching the national finals.

A tough weekend was in prospect with the semi-final against a Yorkshire
team with all 5 players ranked 28th and above on the England Squash
system. The result was true to form with the team losing 5-0, but not
without a fight.

The highlight was Sophie Terrell moving to a 2-0 lead,
playing her best squash and looking set to open the match with a win.
Unfortunately a fight back was in prospect and a combination of a tiring
game and greater match experience enabled the Yorkshire girls to clinch
the match. Jemima Morris also had a close match, eventually losing 3-1,
but not before putting some lovely length shots tight to the side wall
and showing clear signs of being capable of moving her game to a higher
level. Maddy Hill, Anna Hooper and Karishma Bansal all lost although the
games were a lot closer than the score line suggests.

The 3/4 play off on Sunday was against Northumberland and the
expectation of a close match proved true. Sophie Terrell won her match,
repeating the strong play of the day before. Jemima Morris produced
another good display but was unable to make it count and lost 3-1. With
Kent needing 2 wins out of three, hopes were high and it looked possible
after Karishma Bansal won 3-1, playing at No1 string. Well done

The next 2 games were very close, Maddy Hill, lost 3-1, with
the game being so close it could have been 3-0 to Maddy if a couple of
points had gone the other way. Her final game was 11-9 after saving one
brilliant match ball. All rested on Anna Hooper who, from 2-0 down, gave
a glimmer of hope by winning the third game and came out confident.
Unfortunately it was not to be, with a 3-1 loss and Northumberland
clinched the match.

Overall, the squad consoled themselves with 4th in the country and a
determination to do better. Special mention to Anabelle Williamson who
travelled as reserve and provided tremendous support and encouragement.
She was an inspiration to the squad and will be key to the GU15s in the
B team fixtures coming up and the main Gu15 team next year.

Report by Tony Hooper

U17 Boys Trophy Final – Peterborough Squash Club, 17th January 2016.

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The day started with all the boys playing very well to secure a comfortable win against Dorset

Next up was Cambridgeshire, the hosts. They proved more formidable opponents. A heroic effort from Jed Wilton to win 3 -2 after sustaining a pulled muscle at the end of the second game and another excellent win from Oscar Mansfield-Jones at 5 was not enough. Kent lost 3-2.

Our final opponents of the day were Durham and Cleveland who proved to be very strong. Despite a great effort Kent lost 4-1. The final standings were Durham and Cleveland first, Cambridge second.

Kent were just 1 point behind in third place and Dorset came fourth.

Congratulations to the boys who all played with great endeavour and exemplary attitude – Ed Miles, George Fuller, Jed Wilton, Joe Casey and Oscar Mansfield-Jones.

Thanks also to Tom May who travelled with the boys to offer coaching support, motivation and advice.

Report by Tim Casey.