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Epic Final for Shield Tournament

ruaridhRUS sir A -winner

It was The Final of the Alex Doherty Memorial Shield tournament 2019 at Galashiels Squash and Racketball Club. This is a tournament for the First round losers of the Club Chapmionship and is a very prestigious and highly sought after prize.

When the club was near collapse several years ago Alex Doherty single handedly pulled the club out of the doldrums and the club wouldn’t be here now nevermind thriving if it wasn’t for Alex Doherty.

Alex Sadly passed away in 2015 and the club uses this tournament to honour his memory.


It was an epic 5-game thriller, two veterans of the game in Sir Andrew Dowlen-Gilland and Ruaridh Kohler put on an awesome spectacle for the club members.

In the first game Ruaridh shopt off to a 5-0 lead but as soon as Sir Andrew got the hand (serve) he played some unreturnable serves and it was soon 6-6. Sir Andrew seemed to find his way after a slow start and he maintained focus and concentration to take the first 15-10.

The second game again seen Ruaridh start strong as he used the back-back-front technique to keep Sir Andrew running and Ruaridh commanded most of the rallies from the T-Line; this one went 15-9 to Ruaridh.

A familiar pattern was starting to emerge as Ruaridh went 4-0 up in the third, Sir Andrew Again capitalised as soon as he got the hand and reeled off several quick points to take it to 5-5.

But again Sir Andrew found his niche and although Ruaridh didn’t stop running and reaches even the tight balls Sir Andrew proved too strong and won 15-8.

The momentum was with sir Andrew and in the fourth it was Sir A that took an early lead 6-2 – but Ruaridh refused to give up and fought back valiantly with some varied shots to 14-14 and into tie-break as a 2 point cushion was needed to win the game. Ruaridh used a couple of deft boasts to send Sir Andrew the wrong way and Ruaridh took it 16-14. To tie the match at 2-2.

Into the decider and it was impossible for the fans to call a winner. This was another close game and Ruaridh used some of his trademark boasts to win several points but Sir Andrew found the length when it mattered and proved just too good to win 15-12 and 3-2.

Match umpire Del Sharratt said “It was a classic 5-setter; I was also kept on my toes with several contentuous decisions that the players were challenging but I just called it as I saw it and it contributed to the tension and pressure of the match. Sir Andrew is a stalwart of the club and plays for the Border Reivers in the East Leagues so he is no stranger to competitive Squash and a big Congratulations to him winning this trophy.

East of Scotland Award for Reivers Captain

At The East of Scotland squash End of Season Presentation dinner several awards were handed out, Edinburgh Sports Club were crowned East League Division 1 Champions and Heriot Watt triumphed in the East of Scotland Cup.  But in the individual awards Gala Squash Club Captain Del Sharratt was awarded the prestigious “Clubperson of the year” award.  Former Club person winner Iain Clark presented the trophy to Del and said “This award is to recognize an individual who’s commitment and dedication has been over and above expected levels and is vital in the progression of squash in theEast of Scotland.  Del is a deserving winner; we received an unprompted e-mail from a member at Gala squash club recommending Del for this award.  Del single-handedly runs the club, he does everything from run the internal competitions, maintenance of the building, runs the finances of the club, he runs the juniors, arranges events, he is Captain of the League team, he deals with memberships.  Del is well known in squash Circles around the East of Scotland and it is right that his exploits are recognised.”
Del said “I really wasn’t expecting anything.  As far as I am concerned it’s a team effort to keep things going at the squash club, I do what I can but I am supported by the committee and a Very Tolerant and Supportive wife!  I wish I could do more for the Club and East Squash but I juggle my life with a full time job, two young kids and the squash club.  I am honoured that the East of Scotland Squash Committee have recognised my hard work in this manner and I will treasurer this award.”

Del Award

Del Receiving the Award


Students put to sword

Border Reivers 18-4 Heriot Watt 4s


Del Sharratt 3-2 Thomas Ewen

This was an odd match, as Del surrendered a 2-0 lead before taking it 3-2. Del started off sharp and fast and was in control of the rallies, Tomas was no mug though And had great perception of the game and knew roughly where Del’s shots wold go. But Del seemed to have the edge and as soon as he got to th T-Line seemed able to command the rallies; Del took the first to 15-10, 15-6; in the third game the match swung t oThomas Ewans favour, the rub of the ball and the luck seemed to be with th student and Del dodn’t do much wrong, just didn’t have the control of he rallies like before and Thomas took the third 15-12. Ewen was having to work hard and up his game to keep Sharratt at bay, the fourth game went the distance, indeed Sharratt served for the match at 15-14 up but the serve was out and Ewen rattled off the next two points to take it 17-15 and into a decider. Del refocussed and in the decider once again took control of the T-Line and Thomas didn’t have an answer as Del took the fifth 15-8.


Iain Laing 3-0 Ben Graham

This one was 15-8, 15-5, 15-10 in the Borderers favour; a fairly straight forward victory for Laing who has one of the sweetest strokes at the club and was sending the student round the corners of the court. Iain Laing maintains his unbeaten status within the team with his record played 5- won 5.


Pat Spence 3-0 Stuart Graves-Morris

This oddly enough ended in exactly the same scoreline as the previous rubber with the Reivers taking it 15-8, 15-5, 15-10. But a completely different style of play. Reivers Veteran Spence used placement of shots to combat the speed and agility of the younger Graves-Morris. Spence played some tricky deceptive shots which caught the student out and earned a good 3-0 victory.


Amir Hosny 3-2 Calum Henning

WE were getting towards the business end of the teams as the battle of the second seeds made for some awesome viewing. Although Hosny seems determined to go 2-0 up in every match before winning 3-2 – this seems to be the story of the season for Hosny.

Hosny used his prowess with full length and full width shots to keep Henning at the back of the court and control the match. But on the flip side Henning won out on all the front court rallies as Hosnys short game was found waining. Hosny took thfirst two 15-9, 15-9 before Henning really pushed the short game to come back with 15-10, 15-12 and 2-2. But whether it was stamina, concentration or home advantage – Hosny found the extra needed to take the fifth 15-6 for 3-2.


Tony Elliot 3-0 Simon Aitken

Having had some tricky games lately, Elliot found this one more straight forward. Aitken was making his debut for Heriot Watt 4 and it was a baptism of fire as he came up against one of the strongest players in the league. Tony managed to command this from the start and although Aitken made some of the rallies last Elliot was too good and won 15-6, 16-4, 15-8.


Captain Del Sharratt said “10/10 for effort right through the team, this was an important victory as we have sufferd som heavy defeats lately and were at risk of dropping down the table. Our final league match next week is against Craigshill Xcite and we need a 10 point swing on them to jump them to fifth in the league. We are all up for it and like tonight it will be maximum effort throughout!”

Table Toppers Tamed

Border Reivers 16-5 Kirkaldy 2s


Iain Laing 3-1 Bob Russell

This was the opening rubber of the match and Iain Laing seemed to take a while to get going. In the first game Iain made several unforced errors that were uncharacteristic of his usual precise play and found it hard to read Bobs game, a lot of the points in this game were serve and volley as rallies were few and far between, Bob took the first 15-12. Iain seemed to find rhythm more in the second game and cut out the errors. Iain varied his shots and played a lot of cross court shots as opposed to down the line, but these shots were being reached well by Bob and this was a close 15-10 to Iain. Iain changed his game in the third and was playing full length down the wall shots, theses were good enough to win the points and the rallies extended the more the game went on. The fourth game seen the best squash, Iains placement was perfect and Bob would respond with tight drop shots and both players tried to out think each other. At 14-14 The match went to Tie Break but the Borderer found the extra bit of speed when it matered and took it 17-15 for a 3-1 victory.


Pat Spence 3-1 Willie Schultz

Another match that had close fought games was the fourth seeds, Pat Spence who was usually further up the pecking order but due to Piers introduction to the team Pat had the slightly easier task of fourth seeding. It was a close fought match with the games going 15-11, 16-14, 13-15, 15-9 to Spence. The players had a similar style of squash, and this meant both players were reading the game well. Schultz felt at times there were a few contentious decisions by the referee and felt hard done by, this possibly caused a lack of concentration from the Fifer but Spence made the key shots when it mattered and took another 3-1 victory for the Reivers.


Piers Wilkinson 1-3 Mel Crockatt

Another exciting 3-1 match, but this time it was Kirkaldy that won the rubber.

Piers enjoyed some long fast rallies in this game and the skill from both players was evident. Another close tie that had many long rallies but a few shots that didn’t find the corners from Piers meant Mel would capitalize and motor on to take the games. Indeed at 14-13 up in the third game Piers made the school boy error of serving out and Mel took that one 16-24. The match was exciting and close but Crockatt won 12-15, 15-11, 16-14, 15-13.


Amir Hosny 3-0 Andy Cant

Andy Cant was usually the Kirkaldy Clubs top seed but due to the return to finess of Drummond, Cant got the “easier” task of second seed.

Unfortunately for Cant, Hosny was firing on all cylinders and was on-form, the concentration and focus from Hosny meant he was equal to most of Cant’s shots and a good disciplined performance meant Hosny took the first 15-7. The second game the Kirkaldy Stalwart varied his shots and played some boasts that were made to look like the ball was going the other way, but Hosny maintained focus and kept his eye on the ball this was another game of skill 15-13 for Hosny. In the third game Cant played full length tight shots and Hosny responded in kind, this game went on the longest as some of the rallies seemed to go on and on; Hosny held out for another 15-13.


Tony Elliot 3-0 Scott Drummond

Although Drummond was the strongest player for Kirkaldy, he met an in form Elliot. Tony Elliot took most shots early and this meant Drummond couldn’t tell where the ball was going to go until it was on the way back to him, and Elliot played with such pace that most balls were passed Drummond before he could adjust his stance. Elliot took it 15-5, 15-9, 15-9.


Club Captain Del Sharratt said after the match “We were fortunate tonight that the Reivers players all brought their A-Game at the same time. This is the stongest line-up we have fielded all season and Kirkaldy are top of the league so that shows how good the Boys played. I was particularly pleaed with Hosny’s demolition of Andy Cant, that is a Scalp and hopefully we can carry momentum on for the rest of the season with a few victories and work our way up the top half of the table.

Not so Xciting match

Craigshill Xcite 18-2 Border Reivers


Darren Quinn 0-3 Robin Nisbet

Darren Quinn answered the SOS from Captain Sharratt as the Reivers were one player short. This was Quinn’s first game for the team this season and came up against an experienced campaigner in Nisbet. Nisbet has played league squash for over 15 years and had the measure of the younger Reivers man. Quinn never gave up and couldn’t be faulted for effort but Experience won through in this one and Robin Nisbet ran off 15-7, 15-3, 15-5.


Del Sharratt 1-3 Craig Baxter

Sharratt got Reivers first point of the night, but also found the going tough. Baxter boasted a p3 w3 record against the Borderers. Sharratt just couldn’t find consistent length in his shots; whenever Del got the ball passed Craig he would win the rally but more often than not the ball stopped short and Craig Baxter would be all over it. Baxter seemed to be nursing a thigh strain but despite Sharratt trying to send him round the court the loose balls made it relatively easy for the Xcite man to return. This went in Baxters favour 15-4, 15-5, 13-15, 15-9.


Pat Spence 0-3 John Taylor

This was a repeat of last seasons top seed fixture – thet time Spence won out 3-2. But it’s amazing how effective Home Advantage can be at Squash as John Taylor seemed to have the better of the match this time. Taylor has a very unorthodox style; and this distracted Spence enough as Spence would try to Second Guess Taylor but it wasn’t the way to win and a few key misses from the Borders Stalwart meant this time the tie went Xcites way 15-8, 15-11, 15-13.


Amir Hosny 1-3 Phil Brown

Brown was another who, like Nisbet has been around the East Leagues for many years. Although Hosny is fairly new to the League he was extremely fast and skilful. This was a titanic tussle as some rallies were 20-30 shots and both players excelled in retrieving the ball no matter where it was placed. A niggle in the groin hampered Amir a bit – indeed enough to slow his movement and this meant Brown took the match in a close fought 17-15, 15-6, 11-15, 15-13.


Tony Elliot 0-3 Albeer Mahmood

Tony’s reputation in the league preceded him – as Mehmood was drafted in by Xcite for this particular match. Mehmood though was a standard above the rest of the players, and even the usually victorious Tony Elliot couldn’t live with him. Mehmood has qualified for the National Championships next year and is expected to get far! Although Tony played the squash of his life, Albeer took it 15-7, 16-14, 15-5.


Sharratt said “This is our biggest defeat to date, I’m a bit miffed that Mehmood was brought in just to play against us, this means the rest of the team move down a seeding. But if we want to mprove then players like that are who we strive to be like and it showa the level we Can get to if we are dedicated enough.

That’s the mid-way point of the season and although we are 6th of 13, I fancy a few wins in January and hopefully we can climb the table.”

Watt a win for Reivers

Heriot Watt 4s 7-13 Border Reivers


Sir Andrew 3-0 Callum Ross

The Experienced Sir Andrew mopped this tie up relatively quickly. A lot of loose shots by the young student made life a wee bit easier for the Reivers No. 5. All through the match it did seem like Sir Andrew could up a gear whenever he liked. It was won 15-4, 15-12, 15-10.


Del Sharratt 3-1 Ben Graham

Sharratt was battling a cold in this game and it affected his breathing and movement, The Reivers Captain found it hard to get any momentum and coughed and spluttered his way through the match. Ben Graham won the first 15-13 as Sharratt was doing just enough to keep he match close. In the second Sharratt was placing his shots to Graham’s backhand but this proved futile as back hand seemed to be Graham’s best side, Sharratt took it 15-12. The last two games were just as close, but Sharratt was eventually getting into his stride and varied his shots as Graham was good on his back hand. Sharratt took it 15-11, 15-12.


Zsolt Husz 3-1 Graham Bensted

Bensted came away from this match believing he should have done better. The borders Veteran didn’t do much wrong in this game, Husz just done even less wrong. It was a good match to watch, as this game boasted several long rallies and skilful squash. Both players would get to shots that would normally beat them and the quality of play was high.

The young student held on and seemed to have that extra yard of speed and Zolst Husz took this one for Heriot Watt 15-12, 10-15, 15-12, 15-9.


Alan Hepburn 3-0 Alex Young

Hepburn was making his debut for the Reivers in this game, and demonstrated why Club Captain Del Sharratt had called him up. Hepburn played a patient game and let Young make unforced errors. Young was missing some easy shots and got frustrated and annoyed at himself, several times Young would shout at himself and bang his racket off the wall. Hepburn won the first 15-6. The second game was closer but Young would make sever uncharacteristic mistakes and his head went down as he got annoyed at himself.

The match umpire had to give Young a conduct warning during this game for throwing his racket away twice. Young was making Hepburns life easy by beating himself mentally. This went 16-14 to Hepburn.

The third game was one-sided; Young was slightly quieter in this game but he was still snatching at his shots and had already lost to himself. Hepburn took a Debut Victory 15-3 for 3-0.


Pat Spence 0-3 Gregory Laplatre

Although young in years, French prodigy Laplatre had a great squash brain and played as if he’d been playing for many years. Leplatre bossed the vastly Experienced Spence, Spence was experienced enough to know to vary his shots and put some disguise in but Laplatre was too good on the night and won 15-6, 15-10, 15-5.


Captain Del Sharratt said “My team was depleted due to injury and illness. Pat Spence had to rearrange work plans and I had to play though a cold, we battled on though and the Team puled through and triumphed. We won this as a team as we all encouraged each other and the dedication and commitment of the players cannot be faulted. We have one more match before the Christmas break and a victory there will put us on the verge of the top 3.”

Sweet Victory over Abercorn

Border Reivers 16-4 Abercorn

Del Sharratt 1-3 Stewart Simpson

A well matched pairing, both players had similar styles of play. Whenever one player had the hand they would rattle off 3-4 points (2-4, 7-4, 7-10, 11-10) at 15-15 Del played the serve out and Stewart punished him 17-15, the second game although Del took a 7-2 lead, Stewart fought valiantly and again the game was close. At 11-11 Del kept his shots tight and got to everything and took it 15-11. Del seemed to tire and Stewart had the better stamina, Del wasn’t going for some of the shots later in the match that he returned with ease earlier in the game and Stewart won 15-8, 15-9.


Graham Bensted 3-1 Peter O’Conner

Graham took the first in a one sided 15-5 affair, he bossed the game from the start and the spectators were expecting this to be over quickly but Peter had other ideas and dug deep in the second game, Peter didn’t take the ball so quickly and changed his stance, the adjustment threw Bensted and a lot of long fast rallies made for a more entertaining game, Bensted took it 15-10 for 2-0. Graham appeared to have a rest in the third, O’Conner triumphed 15-8 and either Bensted had exhausted his arsenal or was pacing himself and eased off slightly; it proved to be the latter though as a focussed performance and some aces meant Bensted took it 15-8 for 3-1.


Iain Laing 3-0 Bernard Starkey

Laings record since returning form injury was played 2 won 2, for 6 against 0. Iain plays a calculated and slow game as he reads the shots and susses out his opponent. Bernard Starkey, who had been around at Abercorn for many years would try to step up a gear every so often, but Laing would just step up two gears. This went 15-10, 15-11, 15-6 to Iain


Amir Hosny 3-0 Tom Clemens

With Tony Elliot and Pat Spence both abroad; Amir had to play at No.1 seeding, this was his debut at No.1 and he didn’t disappoint. Although some of the shots were loose this made for long rallies and Amir was trying several different shots and varied his game to keep Tom Clemens on his toes and the Abercorn man had to second guess everything; several points were won by Amir just with Tom going the wrong way. It wasn’t one sided, indeed Clemens had 4 game points in the first game before Amir stuck in and took it 19-17, the remaining games all went close and although the score suggests oterwise this was a very close affair 19-17, 15-11, 15-11.


Reivers Captain Del said “I’m really pleased with this victory, we had several key players missing and I wasn’t sure how the game would go. Abercorn only brought 4 players as opposed to the usual 5 so Gary Bramble went home without lifting his racket but it meant he won by default 3-0. But the team done really well and the effort the guys put in cannot be faulted.”

Hat’s Off for Hatton

Border Reivers 8-12 Hatton


Del Sharratt 3-0 Tim Wong

Del commanded this match from the word go, the Reivers Captain continued his recent form and a run of 3 victories. Del motored off to 3-0 and 4-0 starts in the games which meant he could relax in the games, most of Dels tight shots were winners but when Tim Wong was also replying with tight shots, Del just stayed focussed and played the percentage shots and Tim Wong would inevitably slip up at some point, it meant several long rallies and Del came off feeling like he had played a five setter; 15-7, 15-9, 15-13.


Graham Bensted 1-3 Nick Tinning

This game was more exciting and went one way then the other. Tinning started strongest getting off to a 6-1 lead fairly quickly and seemed the faster and more focussed player taking the first 15-6. The second was a mirror of the first as Bensted this time took a 6-1 lead, and most of the Reivers veterans shots were finding the corners this went Bensted’s way15-7. The match became a bit of a ding dong affair with neither player able to shake off the opponent and several let/stroke calls also kept the Referee Busy. Bu in the end Hatton took the tie 15-6, 7-15, 15-9, 15-12.


Iain Laing 3-0 Malcolm Mitchell

This marked the Return to the team for Gala Squash Club’s Two Time Champion Iain Laing. Laing, who hadn’t featured for 12 months due to injuries started a bit cagey and took a while to get going as he was wary of aggravating previous injuries. But Laing got into his stride, and his squash know-how and accurate shots were evident. Mitchell seemed to snatch at all LAings serves and it prevented the match from flowing but Laing won this one for the Reivers 15-11, 15-4, 15-12


Amir Hosny 1-3 Sammy Caseby

Caseby was making his debut for Hatton Squash Club, Caseby had previously played for now defunct Deer Park and proved a worthy addition to the Hatton team. Hosny seemed to be tight and lack agility as Caseby took 13 points before Hosny toubled the scorer, Hatton took the first two games 15-3, 15-10. Then Hosny seemed to relax in the third and play like he was enjoying it and this seemed to help his shot placement as he took the third 15-12. The match now flowing and long fast rallies made a thoroughly enjoyable spectacle for the fans. At 15-14 and game ball in the fourth Hosny served out and Caseby took over and won the match 17-15 and 3-1.


Pat Spence 0-3 Alan Love

Pat Spence found the Top Seed position tough going, regular No. 1 Tony Elliot was missing on holiday and Tony was :Usually a banker for 3 points. This was 15-8, 15-7, 15-5 to Alan Love. Spence started off well and didn’t seem to do much wrong. Alan Love was just that extra yard quicker and played slightly tighter shots and blew spence away with some awesome squash. This won the match for Hatton.

Toughest task yet

Border Reivers 5-15 Heriot Watt 3s


Del Sharratt 3-0 Jorge Gomez

A polished performance by Del ensured the Reivers opened with a victory. Del seemed to find total performance in all areas, movement, drop shots, full length sots, boasts. Everything seemed to click for Del at the same time and Jorge had no reply. Even when the Student got the Hand back Del’s returns would go exactly where he wanted them and Jorge couldn’t find any momentum; Sharratt won 15-6, 15-8, 15-7.


Graham Bensted 0-3 Josie Wishart

This was the same result as last season, the younger fitter student was just to fast for the seasoned veteran. Bensted boasted a strong powerful serve but once they got into the rallies it was the fitness of Wishart that shone through and the student took his 15-8, 15-8, 15-9.


Pat Spence 1-3 Euan Hurter

Euan Hurters skill and ability on the court took Spence a wee bit by surprise, this was Spence’s toughest game to date. The young student – like his compatriots had excellent stamina and speed. Hurter flew to a 15-6 vicroty in the first game. Spence – who boasts 40 years of experience on the court changed his game in the second, Spence made Hurter move off the T-line more and varied his shots to keep Hurter guessing and this worked for Spence 15-13. In the third game Euan again dominated the rallies, Pat still made the student run about but the youngster didn’t seem to tire and a close game went 15-11 to Hurter; the fourth game seen Spence tire slightly and drop his racket head causing some errors and Heriot Watt took this 15-8 for 3-1.


Amir Hosny 0-3 Peter Weston

Hosny, who was used to 3-2 games in the league came up against a former League 2 player in Peter Weston, Although Amir was equal in fitness and speed, Peter proved why he was capable of playing in the higher leagues and won through quite comfortably 15-3, 15-3, 15-5.


Tony Elliot 1-3 Bruno Shaw

Although Heriot Watt had wrapped up the victory in the previous rubber, Elliot had an undefeated record to think about and this was in no way a pointless match. Tony Elliot won the first 15-11 in what was a tough opener, the rallies were fast and Elliot found himself on the back foot in a lot of the rallies. Bruno Shaw, who’s record boasted competitive matches against Scotland Internationals Kevin Moran and Rory Stewart; was on his way back from a Cruciate Ligament injury and hence why he wasn’t yet picked for Heriot Watt’s higher teams. Bruno’s fitness didn’t seem to be in doubt though and this was a highly exciting match which drew all the other players as spectators. Bruno took the second 15-9 and it was looking like he could turn it up anytime he liked. But Elliot gave a good show of himself, but just wasn’t getting his shots as tight as he needed and Bruno would have space and time to play a shot of his choosing. The rest of the game was close and Elliot lost his first match in League 5 by 3-1 (11-15, 15-9, 15-13, 9-15)


Gala Captain Del said “That is the strongest team we have met in League 5, we came into this on theback of two decent victories and moral was high. Bruno and Western are arguably the two best players in the league, and I can’t fault my boys for effort.”

Two in a row for Reivers

Border Reivers 12-8 Grange 5


Iain Gorman 0-3 Josh Stokes

Iain Gorman was a last minute call-up for the team as Graham bensted called off due to an emergency literally one hour before kick off. Although Gorman couldn’t be faulted for effort, Stokes proved too strong for the Borderer. The first game was tight and had plenty of rallies. But Stokes was just that wee bit more accurate and took it 15-12. Although Iain Gorman never stopped running for the ball, Stokes shots were just that wee bit out of Gormans reach and Grange ran out 15-7, 15-7.


Del Sharratt 0-3 Andrew Light

This game was closer than the soreline suggests. Although Andrew took a 10-5 lead in the first game, Del clawed it back to 11-9 with a series of aces that found the nick. But Andrew stayed focussed to take it 15-10. In the second game, Del quickly took control and again some awesome serves made it 6-1 to Del. But Andrew got in with a drop shot that was too good for Del and then rattled off a series of points to go 7-6. With control now with the City boy, he took the second 15-12. The third game started as a mirror image to the second, with Andrew Lighbt shooting away to a 6-1 lead with some unreturnable serves. Del never really got a grip of this game and was always chasing it eventually going down 15-8.


Pat Spence 3-1 John Wallace

The tie started close, more than 80 years of experience between the players meant the shots were well thought out. Spence had a great technique to send the opponent the wrong way, he would set up the same for every shot and it left Wallace guessing where the ball would go. Although the first couple of games were really close, Spence’s fitness won through as he motored away and wrapped up the tie 17-15, 12-15, 15-7, 15-3.


Amir Hosny 3-1 Jonathan Hughes

This was tie of the night, Hughes had previously been unbeaten against the Borderers but Hosny won out. The first game went 15-12 to Hughes, the shots were fast and tight and great squash was played, neither player wanted to give up and it was just occasional nicks that won the points. The second game was 15-12 to Hosny. Amir didn’t seem to tire and again this was a great display of squash by both players- The points were won by changing from full length to drop shots or vice versa. During the third game, Hosny knew his opponent was weaker at the back of the court on his backhand so Hosny sent most of his shots to that corner and the tactic won with 15-8 to Hosny. The fourth game Hughes tightened up his back hand and was dominating the rallies, able to stand on the t-line and make Hosny do the running. At 14-6 to Hughes he seemed to start swiping his shots and Hosny got the serve back, Hosny seemed to relax and this helped him play tighter shots as he expected it to go to a fourth game, but a relaxed Hosny soon had the game at 14-14 and Hughes couldn’t deal with the pressure as well as Hosny and the Reivers player took it 18-16 for thw 3-1 wictory.


Tony Elliot 3-0 Josh Bain

This tie was pretty straight forward for Reivers top seed; Josh Bain showed some glimpses of a great player and was able to put the ball pretty much where he chose to. But Tony was just equal to anything Josh could throw at him and won out 15-11, 15-6, 15-6.


Gala Captain Del said “It was always going to be a tough tie after Bensted pulled out just before the match started, it meant I had to shuffle things around and it was fantastic that Iain Gorman could step up at short notice. This puts us above Grange 5s in the table so it was an important victory.”