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Chapel Allerton bring Dunnington back down to earth

Having sealed their second straight Yorkshire Premier League squash title the previous week, Dunnington may still have been nursing hangovers as they went down to a strong Chapel Allerton 1 side on Wednesday night.

A world-class encounter at No.1 between Scotsman Greg Lobban and Channel Islander Chris Simpson was the highlight of a great night’s entertainment in the leafy north Leeds suburbs as Chapel Allerton 1 won 4-1 (17-7) to inflict only a fourth defeat of the season on the champions.

Lobban, the world No.27, had been knocked out of the Canary Wharf Classic in London three days before by England No.1 Declan James, but that defeat allowed him to make his fifth YPL appearance of the season for Chapel A. It turned out to be a cracker, overcoming former world No.20 Simpson 12/10 in the deciding fifth game.

Mark Fuller’s clash with Julian Tomlinson at No.2 was equally enthralling, finishing in a 11/9 fifth game in the home man’s favour. Further down the order, Welshman Owain Taylor and Declan Christie both won in straight games while Kieran Heaphy got three points on the board for Dunnington on his YPL debut with victory over youngster Ben Merchant.

That victory moved Chapel Allerton 1 to within two points of second-placed Hallamshire, who were 17-6 victors over Pontefract 2 on Wednesday.

Sam Davey and Lucas Hughes got the Sheffield side off to a flyer before Ponte 2 got their sole win of the night when Matt Godson overcame England’s No.10-ranked junior Oscar Beach in straight games.

Alex Cutts won a marathon five-setter (14/12 in the fifth) against Ponte’s Adam Taylor before Nick Wall, who recently graduated from the junior ranks, overcame 15-year-old Sam Todd just two days after he had made his PSA Tour debut as a wildcard at the Canary Wharf Classic.

Barnsley are level on points with Queens in fourth place after a 20-0 clean sweep of bottom side Chapel Allerton 2. As the score suggests, all five members of the Barnsley side won 3-0, with Tom Bamford and Oliver Harris coming closest to dropping a game by being taken to 10-10 in their respective first games by Cameron Ward and Richard Hinds.

Queens fell to a surprise 3-2 (14-8) defeat at Hull & East Riding, for whom Paul Norton and Yousef Forster were early straight-games winners. Josh Taylor and James Earles then did likewise for the Halifax side to pull the match score back to 2-2.

It was left up to England’s No.1-ranked junior Ben Smith to seal the win for the Humberside hosts, edging out Queens’ top string Connor Sheen 11/9 in the fifth.

Pontefract 1 slipped down to sixth place after a second straight defeat, losing 4-1 (18-3) at home to Abbeydale, for whom Matt Jackson, Nick Wall Snr and brothers Oli and Adam Turner were all victorious. Patrick Rooney, the world No.94, was Ponte’s only winner on the night, taking care of Lewis Walters in four games.

Joy and relief at opposite ends of YPL

There was delight for sides at the top and bottom of the Yorkshire Premier League table on Wednesday as Dunnington solidified their lead and Chapel Allerton 2 finally recorded their first win of the season in round 13.

Dunnington took another step towards retaining their title by waltzing to a 5-0 (20-3) victory at Pontefract 2. Michael Andrews kicked things off by dismissing Billy Hawes rapidly and second string Rob Downer kept up his excellent YPL record this season by beating Ponte’s Adam Taylor despite dropping the second game.

Ed Shannon-Adams and Julian Tomlinson, at five and three in the order respectively, also won in four games to put the result way beyond doubt before the No.1s, the prodigal Sam Todd and world No.38 Chris Simpson, took centre stage.

Todd, 15, son of Pontefract Squash Club CEO Mick, is clearly going to be a star in the near future, but this test against the former world No.20 was a tough one just 24 hours after his PSL win over Nottingham’s Jayden Gough. Simpson took it 3/0 but the teenager pushed him to 12/10 in the third game.

Second-placed Hallamshire are nine points behind their rivals from York with five matches remaining after securing a confident 4-1 (19-6) win over Pontefract 1.

Three-time world champion Nick Matthew was unavailable this week for the Sheffield outfit but his replacement at top string, British Junior Open runner-up Nick Wall Jnr, took care of Abhay Singh in straight games.

Further down the order Lucas Hughes beat Sam Wileman in three, youngster Oscar Beach beat Sam’s brother George and No.2 string Harry Falconer overcame Taminder Gata Aura in five. Alex Hodgetts got a ‘W’ on the board for Ponte by coming out on the right side of a five-setter against Alex Cutts.

At the bottom, there was huge relief for Chapel Allerton 2 as they claimed their first win of the season at the 13th attempt – this despite only having four players at home to Hull & East Riding!

No.5 Tom Kirby won a YPL match for the first time this season, and when Richard Hinds took care of Yusuf Forster in straight games the prospect of breaking the season’s duck was tantalisingly close.

Unfortunately, Chapel Allerton conceded a walkover at No.3 and Hull levelled matters when women’s world No.25 Fiona Moverley won a see-saw five-setter against Kieran Wardman at second string. The redoubtable team captain Dom Hamilton saw Chapel A over the line though, winning in four tight games against Ben Sockett.

Queens Club of Halifax, meanwhile, are up to the dizzy heights of third after a close triumph over second-from-bottom Abbeydale.

Queens’ husband and wife duo, David and Sarah Campion, experienced mixed fortunes with England coach David winning in four over Oli Turner and former world No.15 Sarah going down 3/1 to Nick Wall Snr.

Lewis Harding’s epic five-game marathon over Phil Scully and James Earles’ straight-games win over Adam Turner at second string meant the five bonus points were sealed for the home side, but Abbeydale No.1 Lewis Walters reduced the victory margin to 3-2 (16-9) by beating Connor Sheen in four.

Barnsley and Chapel Allerton 1 actually both totted up 10 points from their duel, but it was the hosts from South Yorkshire who added the all-important five bonus points by winning 3-2.

There was a battle of stellar names first up as ex-world No.3 Simon Parke battled with former world champion Laura Massaro, now the world No.7. It was Lancastrian Massaro who took it in four quick games, 11/4 11/5 1/11 11/5.

Fifth string Tom Bamford and Barnsley No.2 Miles Jenkins were both triumphant to seal the win for the hosts, with Owain Taylor restoring some pride for Chapel A 1 by beating Stuart MacGregor, then Scotland’s world No.27 Greg Lobban further reducing arrears, albeit too late, by beating George Parker 3/1 at top string.

Barnsley remain in fifth place, but the postponement of their match at Pontefract last week means they have a game in hand and are only 15 points behind second-placed Hallamshire, who they play next Wednesday.

Barnsley stun Dunnington to shake up YPL title race

Dunnington’s lead at the top of the Yorkshire Premier League was dramatically cut from 21 points to just six as Barnsley inflicted a shock defeat on the reigning champions on Wednesday night.

The York club have led the YPL since week one but a weakened side missing its usual top two, Chris Simpson and Rob Downer, went down 18-5 at home – doubtless to the delight of second-placed Hallamshire, who won handsomely 20-1 against Chapel Allerton 2.

Barnsley’s win was sealed early in the night when their lower order of Tom Bamford, Jack Turney and Welsh international Elliott Morris Devred all won in straight games.

Danny Hockborn put three points on the board for the hosts by overcoming Stuart MacGregor at second string but Dunnington’s disappointment was complete when Barnsley’s Miles Jenkins took a five-setter with Julian Tomlinson by winning the decider 11/9.

Hallamshire took full advantage of the leaders’ slip, conceding just a single game against winless Chapel Allerton 2. Recent British Junior Open runner-up Nick Wall completed the rout with a straight-games win over Dom Hamilton at top string.

Earlier on, youngsters Dylan Martens and Oscar Beach began the rout at numbers five and four, Alex Cutts suffered the indignity of dropping a game against Cameron Ward at three, but Hallamshire second string Harry Falconer saw off Kieran Wardman in straight games.

Pontefract 1 are just about still in the title hunt – 20 points behind Dunnington – after a 17-7 victory up the M62 at Hull and East Riding.

No.3 Taminder Gata Aura won a tremendous tussle with Glyn Saunders with all four games going deep before Hull’s second string Ben Sockett levelled matters by beating Lewis Doughty in three.

It was all Ponte thereafter though, with Alex Hodgetts and George Wileman winning in contrasting style (the former a breezy 3-0 and the latter a lung-busting five-setter), before world No.93 Patrick Rooney wrapped things up by overcoming England junior Ben Smith.

Elsewhere in the first round of matches after the Christmas break, fifth-placed Queens Club were convincing 20-4 victors at Pontefract 2. Danny Bray, James Earles and Connor Sheen all won with relative ease, backed up by the Halifax club’s England coaching duo David Campion and Josh Taylor, although the latter was taken to five by Ponte’s Matt Godson.

Chapel Allerton 1 stay sixth despite chronic selection problems contributing to their 18-6 defeat at second-bottom Abbeydale.

Club members Eddie Stallworthy and Tim Manuel were brought in as emergency numbers four and five, the latter playing superbly on his YPL debut to take a game from James Biggin.

Nick Wall Snr took care of Ross Williamson at No.3 and although the visitors’ Declan Christie, playing up the order at No.2, dug in to beat Oli Turner 3/1, captain and ex-British National champion Simon Parke could not quite claim a further consolation at top string, going down in the fifth to the hosts’ Lewis Walters.

Dunnington title defence off to tense start

Dunnington began the defence of their Yorkshire Premier League squash crown with a dramatic win over Barnsley in Wednesday night’s opening round.

Both clubs were without several big-name stars – no Declan James or George Parker for the hosts or Chris Simpson for the visitors – but that didn’t affect the quality of entertainment for a packed crowd at the South Yorkshire club.

Matt Stephenson and Julian Tomlinson were victorious in straight games for the visitors from York while Josh Owen and Stuart MacGregor put wins on the board for Barnsley.

That meant it all came down to the top string game, which pitted 23-year-old home hope Miles Jenkins against the world No.77 Jan van den Herrewegen, winner of four PSA Tour titles. It was the Belgian who won it 11-9 in the deciding game, to wrap up a nerve-wracking 15-8 away victory.

Pontefract 1, who finished runners-up last year, crashed 16-9 at home to last year’s strugglers Hull & East Riding in their opening fixture.

Pontefract No.1 Patrick Rooney, the world No.93 from Merseyside, got his expected 3/0 win over young Ben Smith and Billy Hawes won at No.5, but it was in the middle order where Hull did the damage. Paul Norton beat local girl Katie Smith, Glyn Saunders won an epic battle with George Wileman and 16-year-old Ben Sockett dismissed Alex Hodgetts in straight games.

Chapel Allerton 1, the 2016/17 winners, got off to a fine start by conquering Sheffield side Abbeydale 18-7 and go top of the nascent table.

Youngster Ben Merchant kicked things off with a 3/1 over seasoned campaigner Murray Scott and Welshman Owain Taylor put Chapel in charge with a straight-games win at No.2.

Although Abbeydale’s Phil Scully pulled one back the No.1s were up next and world No.189 Mark Fuller sealed the home win with a typically energetic 3/1 success over Adam Auckland. New Zealander Joe Williams, making his Chapel A debut, rubber-stamped the team triumph by beating Oli Turner 11/1 in the fifth.

Richie Fallows transferred from Dunnington to Queen’s Club in a big summer move and marked his debut with a convincing win over highly-promising youngster Sam Todd as his new side won 16-6 against Pontefract 2. Conor Sheen and Charlie Cowie were the Halifax club’s other winners.

Pontefract 2’s Matt Godson had beaten former women’s world No.15 Sarah Campion and Ben Beachill won a cracker with Danny Bray, but the visitors’ top order couldn’t build on that early promise.

Hallamshire were the other winners on the season’s opening night, beating Chapel Allerton 2 pretty comprehensively 17-4. Alec Foster dismissed world No.125 Charlotte Jagger but that was as good as it got for the visitors from Leeds on the night.

Harry Falconer, Alex Cutts and talented teenager Oscar Beach all won in three straight games, while Chapel A’s John Riley delayed Dan Lawrence a little longer by losing in four.

Barnsley on a roll but Dunnington look unstoppable

Barnsley continued their dazzling run of form in the Yorkshire Premier League but with just five games to go leaders Dunnington are starting to look uncatchable.

Spearheaded by world No.26 Declan James, Barnsley extended their winning sequence to five thanks to a 16-8 triumph over bottom side Chapel Allerton 2.

It wasn’t all plain sailing for the 2014 title winners, who at one stage found themselves 2-1 down on the night thanks to Chapel A 2’s Phil Young beating Chris Emmerson at fourth string and captain Ross Williamson winning brilliantly 15/13 in the fifth against Carlton Oldham.

Luckily the hosts’ Tom Bamford had won a gruelling five-setter at No.5, which meant routine straight-games wins for 20-year-old Oli Harris and star turn James at the top of the order netted Barnsley a 3-2 win.

Meanwhile, up the M1 and across the A64, Dunnington were extending their lead by another four points to 21 by steamrollering lowly Hull and East Riding with barely a bead of sweat expended.

Dependable regulars Julian Tomlinson, Gareth Lumdson and Michael Andrews all won in the blink of an eye. No.5 Ed Shannon, the Devonian who is spending time back in his adopted home in York after living in Holland for several years, thrashed Andy Stott.

Surprisingly only Chris Simpson dropped a game, the world no.45 letting the third slip against former England junior captain Harry Falconer.

The top four positions remain unchanged with second-placed Chapel Allerton 1 winning a ding-dong battle against Abbeydale.

A five-game duel at fifth string went the way of Abbeydale’s Phil Scully, 13-11 in the decider, before Chapel A 1’s Egyptian import Omar El Tahry overcame France’s women’s world No.33 Coline Aumard in four games.

By the time skipper and ex-world No.3 Simon Parke and Welshman Owain Taylor had wrapped up 3-0 wins, the winning five-point bonus was in the bag for the hosts. However, No.1 Mark Fuller’s 3-0 loss to Adam Auckland meant the north Leeds side lost further ground on Dunnington in what’s looking an increasingly forlorn title pursuit.

Pontefract 1 sit just a point behind Chapel A 1 in third after a 4-1 home win over Hallamshire. The sight of former world No.1 and World Championship finalist Lee Beachill at No.5 must have been highly daunting for the visitors from Sheffield.

Beachill made short work of Harry Heathcock (despite being almost twice his age) and there were routine victories further up the order for Lewis Doughty and Taminder Gata Aura. Hallamshire’s No.4 Dan Lawrence bucked the trend with a 3-1 over Ponte’s George Wileman but newly-crowned British U23 Open champion Patrick Rooney beat highly promising youngster Nick Wall 3-1 at top string.

Wednesday night’s other YPL fixture saw Queens end a six-match losing run by defeating Pontefract 2 by a 4-1 scoreline. England national coach David Campion won for only the second time this season but his assistant and team-mate Josh Taylor went down 3-1 to Nick Sutcliffe.

That was Queens’ only defeat of the night though as top two James Earles and Charlie Cowie were victors to lift the Halifax club 16 points clear of the bottom two.