Barring a Devon Loch style collapse, the 2018/19 Yorkshire Premier League title is certain to stay in Dunnington’s hands after another convincing win for the York club on Wednesday night.
Dunnington’s 4-1 (17-9) triumph at Abbeydale, combined with another damaging defeat for second-placed Hallamshire, means the defending champions now have a 31-point lead with only three matches of the season remaining.
Chris Simpson, straight off the plane from his second-round exit at the World Championships in Chicago, wrapped up the win for the champions-elect with a marathon win over Lewis Walters which ended 13/11 in the fifth.
No.2 Julian Tomlinson also won an epic, 12/10 in the decider against Adam Turner, while Danny Hockborn and Ed Shannon-Adams were the visitors’ other victors on the night, with Nick Wall Snr grabbing a consolation three points for the Sheffield side.
Abbeydale’s cross-town rivals Hallamshire suffered their third defeat in four games which has seen their title aspirations crumble.
Their latest setback at lowly Hull & East Riding saw them missing usual No.1 Nick Wall Jnr, with Charlotte Jagger and Sam Davey drafted in at Nos. 4 and 5. Both went down to quick defeats, to Matty Craven and Mike Reid respectively, and Hull’s Yusef Forster pulled out a five-gamer against Dan Lawrence to seal the five winning bonus points.
Stand-in top string Harry Falconer did get three points on the board for Hallamshire with a 3/0 toppling of Glyn Saunders and 20-year-old Dylan Martens got a further three consolation points by beating Paul Norton.
Pontefract 1’s title hopes are now only notional as they trail the leaders by 40. They had to fight back from a shock early deficit against bottom side Chapel Allerton 2 in order to seal victory.
Ben Milner and Richard Hinds put lower-order wins on the board for the visitors, and when Chapel A 2’s Cameron Ward went 2/0 up on George Wileman, a second win of the season looked assured for Chapel A 2.
Back came Wileman though to topple Ward 11/7 in the fifth, then Taminder Gata Aura beat Kieran Wardman in four and Ponte’s top string, Merseysider Patrick Rooney, dished out a thrashing to Dom Hamilton to complete the comeback and a 16-9 win.
There was another Chapel Allerton v Pontefract clash on Wednesday evening, with the north Leeds club’s first team running out comfortable winners against Ponte 2.
James Wilkinson won in straight games at five, then Matty Powell, former world No.3 Simon Parke and Welshman Owain Taylor all won in four. Mark Fuller’s duel with the prodigal Sam Todd was an absolute cracker, with the 15-year-old battling back to parity from two games down before succumbing 11/8 in the decider.
Much-improved Queens have designs on a second-placed finish after posting a sixth win in seven games, the latest a 15-7 success at Barnsley.
It was the Halifax club’s lower order who orchestrated their win, with Danny Bray, England National Performance Coach Josh Taylor and Charlie Cowie putting the crucial early Ws on the board in South Yorkshire. Although Wales international Elliot Morris-Devred and top string Miles Jenkins posted rapid wins for Barnsley, they were too late to affect the match result.
The 2019 Allam Yorkshire County Senior and Masters Championships have been re-scheduled to 11-12 May at Pontefract Squash Club.
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