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Mens team progress to promotion group

November 20, 2010 No Comments »

Venue – Tynemouth Squash Club

Team – Dave Barnett, Paul Lord, Jon Tate, Andrew Staley, Liam Gutcher and Richard Shellam.

First match was against local rivals Durham & Cleveland. At this stage last season they handed out a 5-0 defeat on their home courts so revenge was sweet as Northumbria won 4-1 although not too comfortably with both Paul Lord and Jon Tate winning closely in 5 games.

NORTHUMBRIA DURHAM & CLEVELAND
DAVE BARNETT BT GARETH LUMSDEN 13/11 8/11 11/7 13/11
PAUL LORD BT JOSH HARRIS 11/4 5/11 11/6 3/11 11/6
JON TATE BT ANDY PARNABY 11/8 7/11 6/11 12/10 11/9
ANDREW STALEY LT ANDY CROSS 5/11 4/11 8/11
LIAM GUTCHER BT NICK PUGSLEY 10/12 11/5 11/2 11/4

Second match was against Ulster. They had lost their first match against Yorkshire and were looking to keep their qualifying hopes alive. It all came down to the number 2’s with Lord playing another ex-pro Graeme Stewart to decide the match. Lord started slowly and was struggling to keep up with Stewart early on but soon came into his own taking the tie 3-1 and clinching a 3-2 win for Northumbria.

NORTHUMBRIA ULSTER
DAVE BARNETT LT STEVE RICHARDSON 15/17 4/11 5/11
PAUL LORD BT GRAEME STEWART 7/11 11/5 12/10 11/6
JON TATE BT CONNOR O’HARE 11/6 11/6 11/6
ANDREW STALEY LT THEO ANDERSON 6/11 6/11 11/9 9/11
LIAM GUTCHER BT BEN CRAIG 11/9 11/13 11/7 11/4

The final match was to decide who won the group as Yorkshire had also won their first 2 matches. Both teams were a man down on the Sunday with Paul Lord missing and Yorkshire number 1 from the first day Laurence Delasaux missing. It proved to be very close with Yorkshire just edging it with 3-2 victories at numbers 3,4 and 5 to leave Yorkshire topping the group but Northumbria progress to the promotion group in February.

NORTHUMBRIA YORKSHIRE
DAVE BARNETT BT JAMES EARLES 11/7 11/4 11/6
JON TATE BT ADAM TAYLOR 11/1 9/11 12/10 11/4
ANDREW STALEY LT ALEX CUTTS 9/11 12/10 13/11 8/11 3/11
LIAM GUTCHER LT CHRIS RUSLING 15/13 9/11 11/618/11 10/12
RICHARD SHELLAM LT JONNY DUFFIELD 11/9 8/11 11/8 4/11 7/11

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