Premier League Week Two: Chapel still in charge

Chapel Allerton 1 maintained their perfect start to the defence of their Yorkshire Premier League squash title with a 5-0 demolition of injury-hit Pontefract 2 on Wednesday night.

There was an international flavour to the Leeds club’s line-up with Portuguese No.3 Pedro Pinto and New Zealand youngster Jackson Beresford at Nos. 4 and 5, both of whom won in straight games.

Former world No.3 Simon Parke overcame the small matter of a 29-year age difference in his see-saw five-game thriller against 16-year-old Harry Anderson. Chapel A regulars Owain Taylor and world No.150 Mark Fuller finished the job at the top of the order.

While Pontefract 2 struggled at home against Chapel A 1, their first team were faring rather better in Leeds against Chapel Allerton 2. Ponte’s 4-1 win puts them in third place, one of three sides to have won both their opening fixtures.

Ponte stalwarts Alex Hodgetts and Lewis Doughty, and 20-year-old Liverpudlian Patrick Rooney – of whom England have high hopes – all won in straight games. Bradford-based Taminder Gata Aura was stretched to four by Chapel’s Declan Christie, including an exhausting 19/17 first game. Ross Williamson earned the home side’s consolation point.

The third side to have made a perfect start are Sheffield club Abbeydale, who won 3-2 away at cross-town rivals Hallamshire. Wins by No.5 Murray Scott, No.3 Oli Turner and Matthew Broadberry at No.2 ultimately earned the victory, but Hallamshire’s 20-year-old tyro Nick Wall again showed his awesome potential with a consummate 3/0 win over Adam Auckland at No.1.

Chris Simpson, the former world No.20 whose last nine months have been ruined by a hip injury, is now returning to full fitness and made his first Yorkshire League appearance of the season for York club Dunnington. His five-game win over world No.40 Declan James at No.1 string was the climax of a thrilling encounter against Barnsley.

Michael Andrews and Matthew Stephenson won easily for the hosts early on, only for Barnsley’s Miles Jenkins and world No.88 George Parker to level matters at 2-2. Enter Guernsey-born Simpson, just days after returning from his first-round exit at the US Open in Philadelphia, to finish off a 3-2 win for Dunnington to put them fifth in the table.

Hull and East Riding recovered from their 5-0 thrashing in the opening round by beating Queen’s of Halifax 3-2.

Fiona Moverley, the world No.24 from Hull who claimed the biggest title of her career a few weeks ago in Nantes, took care of Aron Robinson in four games, while fifth strong Glyn Saunders won in three to get the hosts off to a flying start.

But Queen’s levelled matters thanks to rapid wins by 19-year-old Charlie Cowie and James Earles, the former world No.83 turned policeman. It was left up to Grimsby-based Harry Falconer to seal the five-point win bonus for Hull and East Riding, bringing the house down with a tense five-game conquering of Connor Sheen.

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