Round SEVEN: 14-Feb

Nottingham go top as
Chichester strengthen their grip

The seventh round of the Premier Squash League saw Nottingham take over the leadership of Division A while Chichester increased their lead at the top of Division B.

Nottingham and Birmingham
Nottingham and Birmingham

Nottingham travelled to Birmingham where their bottom order of Millie Tomlinson, Richie Fallows and Declan James gave them a winning margin. Jaymie Haycocks delighted the home fans with a five-game win over Nicolas Mueller, but fresh fvrom his ninth Nationals victory, Nick Matthew made it 4-1 to Nottingham who go top with three rounds to play.

Leicester and Pontefract
Leicester and Pontefract

Leicester’s middle order gave them a 3-2 over Pontefract to put them level on points with Bristol in second place. Sarah Campion gave visiting Pontefract the lead with a 3-2 win over Tania Bailey, who was playing her first PSL match for several years, but George Parker, Alan Clyne and Nafiizwan Adnan wrapped up the win for Leicester. Two Nationals casualties played the top string match with James Willstrop beating Daryl Selby in straight games to reduce the damage for Pontefract .


Chichester & Bexley
Chichester & Bexley

In Division B there was a top of the table clash between Chichester and Bexley, and it was home side Chichester who took the spoils, making it five wins out of six to increase their advantage at the top. After the first two matches were shared – Belgian champion Nele Gilis for Chichester and Rui Soares fopr Bexley – Tim Vail and Adam Corcoran took Chichester into a 3-1 lead before Bexley made it 3-2 as Chichester number one Olly Pett was forced to retire injured.

St George's and Surrey
St George’s and Surrey

The Surrey derby saw reigning champions Virgin Active take on St George’s Hill in a repeat of last season’s final in a match that went all the way. Yathreb Adel and Nationals finalist Joe Lee put St George’s two nil up, but Omar Abdel Meguid and new Dutch champion Piedro Schweertman won for Surrey to set up a decider. Gregoire Marche went 2-1 up but Borja Golan, fresh from winning his 15th Spanish title, fought back to give St George’s a 3-2 win which keeps them in the hunt for a semi-final spot.

Division A

University of Birmingham Lions  1-4 MB Nottingham/University  (6-19)

Joel Makin 1-3 Nick Matthew                                  5-11, 7-11, 11-2, 3-11
Jaymie Haycocks 3-2 Nicolas Mueller    11-5, 10-12, 13-11, 8-11, 11-8
Jan Van Den Herrewegen 1-3 Declan James     8-11, 10-12, 11-4, 2-11
Kyle Finch 1-3 Richie Fallows                               14-16, 6-11, 11-8, 4-11
Deon Saffery 0-3 Millie Tomlinson                                6-11, 9-11, 9-11

Everards Leicester 3-2 Pontefract  (16-8)

Daryl Selby 0-3 James Willstrop                              8-11, 6-11, 5-11
Nafiizwan Adnan 3-0 Evan Williams                       11-7, 11-8, 11-7
Alan Clyne 3-1 Patrick Rooney                        11-7, 11-2, 10-12, 11-8
George Parker 3-1 Taminder Gata-Aura        9-11, 11-9, 11-5, 15-13
Tania Bailey 2-3 Sarah Campion             11-6, 7-11, 11-7, 4-11, 8-11

Division B

Team Chichester 3-2 Bexley (16-7)

Olly Pett 1-3 Todd Harrity                   11-9, 6-11, 3-1  rtd
Tim Vail 3-0 Lance Beddoes                      11-7, 11-6, 11-4
Miles Jenkins 1-3 Rui Soares        4-11, 10-12, 11-4, 6-11
Adam Corcoran 3-0 Rob Downer            11-7, 11-9, 11-8
Nele Gilis 3-1 Elise Lazarus               8-11, 11-4, 11-7, 11-9

Virgin Active Surrey HRC  2-3 Nine Telecom St George’s Hill (11-14)

Gregoire Marche 2-3 Borja Golan     8-11, 11-3, 12-10, 8-11, 8-11
Omar Abdel Meguid 3-0 Tom Richards               11-5, 11-2, 11-5
Ben Coleman 1-3 Joe Lee                                4-11, 12-10, 4-11, 8-11
Piedro Schweertman 3-0 Tom Walsh                     11-5, 11-4, 11-5
Nada Elkalaawy 2-3 Yathreb Adel     11-9, 4-11, 11-7, 6-11, 10-12