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O55 team gain promotion to Premier

March 13, 2013 No Comments »

Mens Over 55 Stage Two report – Division 1 Promotion Group

9th/10th March 2013

We were lucky to have a home venue for the Division 1 Promotion Group matches against Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Lancashire. Tynemouth Squash Club did their usual excellent job of hosting the event.

The Northumbria squad was unchanged from those who travelled for Stage One other than the arrival of Andrew Wilkinson at no. 2 in place of the unavailable Derek Collins. The full playing squad was:

1 Ronnie Freeman (Alnwick); 2 Andrew Wilkinson (Hexham); 3 John Thompson (Tynemouth – captain); 4 Steve Blake (Hexham); 5 Colin McNestrie (Tynemouth); 6 Alan Coates (Eldon Square); 7 Mike Cherryman (Consett).

Playing our top 5 in the 1st match against Leicestershire, we secured a clean sweep  win by 5-0 (20-0). Steve was rested for the 2nd match against Nottinghamshire, which was again a comfortable 4-1 (19-4) victory, with Alan and John giving the team a good start, and Ronnie “the Rocket” and Andrew playing with great pace and sharpness to win quickly, whilst Colin (who had won convincingly earlier) went down only by the narrowest of margins after being 2-1 and 8-4 up (it seemed he was already on the plane to Vegas…). Meanwhile Lancashire had secured the maximum 40 points from their two matches, meaning that whoever won the final match would gain promotion.

Against Lancashire, Steve returned at no 4 and secured his second victory, and John made it 3 wins out of 3 at no 3, but Alan and Ronnie found it tougher going against wily opponents, so the match stood at 2-2. Andrew then proceeded to play an absolute blinder, winning 3-0 for the third time to clinch the match and promotion to the dizzy heights of the Premier Division!

Congratulations to the whole squad for this well-deserved success!!

Results

Match 1

  NORTHUMBRIA

v

LEICESTERSHIRE Score Games
1 Ron Freeman

 

Rob Clements

3-0

9/0 9/2 9/4
2 Andrew Wilkinson

 

Alan Frew

3-0

9/3 10/8 9/2
3 John Thompson

 

Richard Balme

3-0

9/3 9/6 9/0
4 Steve Blake

 

Hans Billson

3-0

9/1 9/1 9/5
5 Colin McNestrie

 

Tony Everett

3-0

9/1 9/7 9/0
   

 

Result

20-0

 

 

Match 2

 

  NORTHUMBRIA

v

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE Score Games
1 Ron Freeman

 

Richard O’Connor

3-0

9/2 9/0 9/0
2 Andrew Wilkinson

 

John Limb

3-0

9/0 9/5 9/2
3 John Thompson

 

Alan Turner

3-0

9/2 9/4 9/6
4 Colin McNestrie

 

Murray Frew

2-3

7/9 9/8 9/5 9/10 9/10
5 Alan Coates

 

Dave Hardern

3-1

9/4 9/0 4/9 10/8
   

 

Result

19-4

 

 

Match 3

 

  NORTHUMBRIA

v

LANCASHIRE Score Games
1 Ron Freeman

 

Allen Barwise

0-3

5/9 3/9 2/9
2 Andrew Wilkinson

 

Doug Smith

3-0

9/2 9/7 9/7
3 John Thompson

 

Phil Shacklady

3-0

10/9 9/6 9/5
4 Steve Blake

 

Bob Houldsworth

3-1

9/3 9/1 3/9 9/3
5 Alan Coates

 

Gary Biggins

0-3

5/9 0/9 1/9
   

 

Result

14-7

 

 

 

 

Final Places Ties Points

1

NORTHUMBRIA (promoted)

3

53

2

LANCASHIRE

2

47

3

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE

1

27

4

LEICESTERSHIRE

0

2

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