Squash: On the road again

30 10 2009

A contingent of squash players from Nunholm Squash Club headed to Glasgow last weekend for the second Scottish Squash Masters tournament of the season, the West Masters, and achieved somewhat mixed results.

This was not helped by the absence through injury of two of the club’s current Scottish Champions notably Jimmy Wells and Robin Ridley.

In the over 45s, the club had two participants in the top half of the draw, Les Harkness and Jim Scriven, along with an ex-Lockerbie player, Russell Hunter, now living in the north-east of England.

In his first match Jim Scriven faced Russell and went down 3-0. In the Plate he also surprisingly lost 3-0, primarily as a result of an injured elbow.

Meanwhile Les Harkness had an easy win in his first match and then faced Russell Hunter in the quarter-final.

Les appeared to have the match well under control after going two sets up but couldn’t put down the continued presence of Russell in the third. Russell then won the fourth set setting up a deciding fifth set. After a closely fought contest, Russell scraped through to the semis 3-2.

Ronnie Carter from Lockerbie had two excellent straight set wins and then faced the No.2 seed in the semi-final.

After narrowly losing a very tight first set, Ronnie claimed the second to level the match.

The third game was close but Ronnie made some unforced errors and lost it. The fourth went against him too, but it was a courageous performance from Ronnie as on another day he quite easily could have been the victor.

In the over 50s, the club was represented by Malcolm McCubbin and Keith Gristwood.

Malcolm got a bye in the first round then eased through his first match in straight sets to book his place in the semi-final on Sunday.

However, due to a family bereavement, he withdrew which was unfortunate as he likely would have gone on to win the title.

Keith Gristwood achieved a walkover in his first match but lost to the second seed in the quarter-final 3-0. He fared better on the Sunday winning both his matches in straight sets to claim the Plate prize.

In the over 55s, Phil Leek, the club’s novice on the Masters circuit, lost his first round match in straight sets and unfortunately fared no better in the plate competition.

Raymond Kirk got a bye into the quarter-finals but went down in straight sets and into the plate competition. Here he lost his semi-final 3-1.

In the over 70s, the club’s reigning Scottish champion Davy Rogan got off to a good start winning one of his two round-robin matches on the Saturday.

He continued this form into the matches on Sunday morning, winning one and losing one and as a result Davy had to settle for third position rather than his usual first place.

The next tournament is the West Highland Masters at the beginning of November.

Nunholm Squash Club is hosting its inaugural Scottish Squash tournament, the South of Scotland Masters Open, from November 20-22 at Dumfries Sports Club.

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