Dunnington capitalise to snatch YSL leadership

Dunnington took advantage of Pontefract’s and Chapel Allerton’s lack of game on the Yorkshire Squash League’s resumption last week to march 15 points clear at the top of the table.

The 2015 champions made it nine wins from 10 matches as they overpowered Queens 17-6, with only Connor Sheen preventing a clean sweep with his 3/0 rout of Andy Cross.

Elsewhere, Julian Tomlinson defied a 144-place gap in the world rankings to pip Patrick Rooney 3/2 and Gareth Lumsdon defeated Matt Sidaway 3/1, while Danny Hockborn and Matthew Stephenson were comfortable 3/0 winners against James Earles and David Hymas respectively.

Reigning champions Barnsley closed the gap on third-placed Chapel Allerton to 15 points with a 17-4 home drubbing of Pontefract seconds.

Chris Fuller, Miles Jenkins and Tom Bamford powered to straight-games victories over Adam Taylor, Sam Wileman and Elliot Ridge, while world no.35 Millie Tomlinson overcame Matt Godson 3/1. Ben Sockett prevented a whitewash with a 3/0 win over Phil Bowker.

Hallamshire fell five points adrift of Barnsley after a hard-fought 16-7 home success against Hull and East Riding, whose hopes were kept alive by 3/1 wins for Glyn Saunders and Paul Norton over Harry Heathcock and Charlotte Jagger.

The Sheffield club’s triumph was clinched by their top order, with Ashley Davies and Nick Wall trouncing Harry and Hamish Falconer in straight games, and Alex Cutts defeating Yusef Forster 3/1.

The night’s other match was the bottom-of-the-table derby between the two Abbeydale teams, which surprisingly ended in a 17-8 victory for the reserves.

Wins for Adam Turner, Phil Scully and Andrew Mills against Oscar Beach (3/1), Omar Badr (3/0) and Charlie Wall (3/1) sealed the success, but Murray Scott’s and Tom Turner’s victories against Sam Watts (3/2) and Tom Harper (3/1) ensured the firsts stay four points in front of the seconds.

 

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