Mens O55 Inter Counties 2011


Mens 055 – 2nd Stage Relegation Division 1 Group

The 2nd stage group matches were held at Duffield Squash Club, the home club of Nick Matthew over the weekend of 26/27th March and were contested between Dorset, Gloucestershire, Derbyshire and Northumbria. The squad players representing the County were ;

 John Thompson – Tynemouth

 Gary Clark  -Dunston

 Steve Blake – Hexham

 Alan Coates – Dunston

 Ken Johnson – Newbiggin

 Jim Douglas – Northumberland Club

 Mike Cherryman – Hexham

The 1st match against Gloucestershire produced wins for Steve,Alan and Ken and 2 defeats for John & Gary giving us a winning team start 3-2. The 2nd match proved much tougher against home opposition from Derbyshire and we lost 4-1 overall with John winning at No 1. Mike and Steve had very close 5 game defeats and Alan and Jim lost out 3-0 and 3-1.

 The final match against unbeaten Dorset could have gone either way but we eventually went down 3-2. Steve and Ken played exceptionally well to win 3-2 and 3-1 and John just lost out 9-7 in the fifth but earlier defeats for Jim & Gary, left the County finishing in 3rd place overall and unfortunately relegated to Division 2 for next season.

Overall County placings were ;

1)     Dorset 54 points

2)     Derbyshire – 34 points

3)     Northumbria – 30 points

4)     Gloucestershire – 27 points

Jim Douglas 


County 055 First Half Report

The first half matches were held at Fairways Lodge Hotel in Preswich, Manchester between Lancashire, Cheshire, Nottinghamshire & Northumbria on the 6&7th November. Following a few withdrawals through injury, we travelled with 5 players namely Derek Collins ( Northern), Alan Coates ( Dunston), Ken Johnson ( Newbiggin) and Jim Doulas\Steve Atkinson from the Northumberland Club.

With 3 matches in 24 hours, we knew we were in trouble and 3-0 quick victories were a definite requirement. If only that had been the case as we encountered Lancashire in our first match and 4 of the matches went the full distance. Jim from 2-0 up encountered major difficulties with the referee and managed to lose 3-2, Derek and Ken won 3-2 and Steve only just lost 3-2. Alan was making his debut for the team and in the no 2 position, he was always going to be up against it but nevertheless put up some strong resistance despite losing 3-0.

Obviously for the evening match, the energy levels were at the minimum level and we took a beating from Cheshire 5-0 although Jim and Derek only narrowly lost 3-2 again. After an evening in the bar and energy levels restored, we took on the leaders Notts in our 3rd match and again performed well just losing 3-2. The full results are outlined below with Notts (48), Lancs (43), Cheshire (36) and Northumbria 23 points.

1st Match v Lancashire lost 3-2 (18-10)

Derek Collins v Dave Swallow 3-2

Alan Coates v Bob Holdsworth 0-3

Steve Atkinson v Neil Rodda 2-3

Jim Douglas v Gary Biggins 2-3

Ken Johnson v Alistair Swift 3-2

2nd Match v Cheshire lost 5-0 ( 20-4)

Derek Collins v john Duckworth 2-3

Alan Coates v Mick Broomhall 0-3

Steve Atkinson v Geoff Walton 0-3

Jim Douglas v Rod Boswell 2-3

Ken Johnson v Martin Brooke 0-3

3rd Match v Nottinghamshire lost 3-2 ( 16-8)

Derek Collins v John Limb 3-1

Alan Coates v Alan Turner 1-3

Steve Atkinson v Granville Berry 3-1

Jim Douglas v John Forester 1-3

Ken Johnson v Murray Frew 0-3

We go into the relegation group which will be played in February next year and hoping to save our position in Division 1.

Jim Douglas

Be the first to comment

Leave a Comment