Border Reivers 13-9 Grange 5
Del Sharratt 0-3 Josh Stokes
Josh Stokes maintained his 100% record against Sharratt with a great display of squash. Despite the loss, Sharratt thoroughly enjoyed the match and there was several long rallies and fast movement but Stokes was too good for Sharratt and this went Grange’s way 15-9, 15-13, 15-10.
Graham Bensted 1-3 Alex Whitters
This was a close tight tussle, both players have a very strong powerful serve and this earned several points for both players, the hard fast hits didn’t produce many long rallies but neither player would relent and the scores were 15-12, 12-15, 15-12, 15-2 in favour of Grange.
Piers Wilkinson 3-1 Peppe Andaloro
This was a battle between old pals. As Piers had played Team Squash for Grange in previous years but now represented The Reivers. Piers and Peppe had many a titanic tussle during Piers time at Grange and this match was to prove just as exhilliarating. Piers started strong and had precise placement of the ball, he romped to a 15-8 victory in the first game. The second game seen a complete reversal as Peppe commanded the rallies and found the corners t otake it 15-5. This made both players focus and the rest of the match there wasn’t much to separate either player, Piers used his 6’4” frame to reach almost anything that Peppe tried to lob or put past him,but Peppe jut didn’t seem to stop running, with the help of a little bit of good Fortune, Wilkinson took the next games 15-13, 17-15 for 3-1.
Amir Hosny 3-2 Jonathan Hughes
This was another cracker of a match, this went the distance and as soon as one player looked like they would pull away, the other would come back just as strong. Amir won the first 15-10, then the next ones went 13-15, 12-15, 10-15. The match had lots of good long rallies. Amir would command the T-Line for the majority and have Jonathan running from side to side to play the ball, a lot of the sqush was full-legnth here and both players seemed reluctant to play drop shots or to the front. At 2-2 Hosny decided to throw in some front court boasts to keep the ball away from Hughes, but several of these hit the tin and Hosny ha to go back to the long game. Hughes was 13-9 up when Hosny seemed to find an extra boost form nowhere and got to 14-14, both players served for match ball but it was Hosny who kept with his long game plan that won 19-17 in the fifth for another Reivers victory.
Tony Elliot 3-0 Andrew Light
Tony showed glimpses of his best here, Andrew Light just couldn’t live with Elliot and The Reivers Top Seed made this look easy. Light put up a good battle in the first game, losing a close 15-12 but just couldn’t maintain it as Elliot ran out 15-5, 15-7 for 3-0 and the Match victory for the Border Reivers
Gala Captain Del said “This was a close match, if Hughes had held on to his lead against Hosny in the fifth we would have lost the match. But we always like to get one over the Grange, a Friendly Rivalry has developed between our clubs.