Defending YSL champions finish fourth

Barnsley, last season’s Yorkshire Squash League champions, had to be content with a fourth-place finish this year as the 2016/17 campaign drew to a close last week.

With Chapel Allerton having already clinched the title and Dunnington assured of second place, the main interest was which club were going to come third.

In the end, that honour went to Pontefract after they strolled to a 20-1 victory at Abbeydale seconds, who were thus condemned to last place.

Taminder Gata Aura, Neil Cordell, Alex Hodgetts, Lewis Doughty and Sam Todd overpowered Adam Turner, Phil Scully, Sam Watts, Nick King and James Biggin, with Scully preventing a complete whitewash.

Meanwhile, Barnsley coasted to an 18-5 victory at Hull and East Riding, where Paul Norton denied the champions a clean sweep.

Otherwise, there were 3/0 wins for new England cap Declan James, Chris Fuller and Tom Bamford over Harry Falconer, Yusef Forster and Danny Wells, while Miles Jenkins edged home 3/2 against Glyn Saunders.

To complete a grim evening for Abbeydale, their first team also lost – 19-5 at Pontefract seconds – so that the Sheffield club filled the League’s bottom two places at the end.

Although Adam Murrills squeezed home 3/2 against Adam Taylor, Abbeydale lost the remaining four rubbers. Sam Wileman and Sam Godson notched 3/1 successes versus Oli Turner and Omar Badr, while Elliot Ridge and Ben Sockett overwhelmed Murray Scott and Tom Turner.

In the night’s other match Queens trounced Hallamshire 17-6 to claim fifth place, with the visitors again having a solitary winner at the top of the order, where George Parker routed Patrick Rooney 3/0.

Elsewhere, Matt Sidaway, Sarah Campion and Danny Bray beat Alex Cutts, Harry Heathcock and Dylan Martens 3/1, while Connor Sheen defeated Dan Lawrence 3/0.




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