Pontefract players wins national championship

Sam Todd beat Nathan Mead (Gloucestershire) 3-0 in the final.
Sam Todd beat Nathan Mead (Gloucestershire) 3-0 in the final.

Pontefract Squash Club’s Sam Todd - two days after his 11th birthday - became the English Under 13 champion.

He beat Nathan Mead (Gloucestershire) 3-0 in the final after playing squash of a quality far beyond his years.

Mead beat top seeded Jared Carter (Hampshire) in the semi final.

Todd, the current England Under 11 champion, beat Jack Mitterer (Kent) in style in the semi final, having lost his previous meeting with the Kent player.

His perfomance in all his five matches and particularly in the final confirmed Todd’s exceptional promise.

He goes this weekend to Dublin to represent England at under 13 level in the Home Internationals and will be accompanied by his cousin Eliot Ridge who is playing for England Under 15s.

Ridge reached the semi finals of the England Under 15 championship before losing to the eventual winner 3-1.

Several other Pontefract players performed with credit. Ellen Cooper finished fifth in the under15 girls, Ben Sockett sixth in the under 13 boys and Jack Cooper and Tom Bamford played each other for ninth and tenth places in the boys under 19s, Cooper coming out on top.

Laura Massaro, who is now managed by Mick Todd and will train at Pontefract, won the World Women’s Championship in Penang and long serving Peter Lonsdale was a member of the Durham over 45 team which won the over 45 Inter County Team Championships so it was a successful weekend for Pontefract from world to national to county level.

Lonsdale was part of Pontefract’s Yorkshire League second team which completed a remarkable unbeaten season with a 5-0 win over Chapel Allerton third team. Pontefract won all of their 20 matches.

Pontefract’s Premier League side also ended with a win, beating Heaton 5-0.

The National League side, led by Indian number one Saurav Ghosal, gave a bold show in a 4-1 defeat by Chapel Allerton.

Kirsty McPhee played excellently to beat tour player Carrie Ramsay 3-1 and Ghosal looked in control in the fifth and deciding game against the world number ten Daryl Selby when he suffered from cramp.

The club’s last National League match is at home against Nottingham when it is hoped that both James Willstrop and Columbian number one Miguel Rodriguez will be available.

They, along with Ghosal, are both involved in this week’s Canary Wharf Classic where Willstrop will be seeking his fifth win in the event.

He has a prospective final meeting with world number one Nick Matthew if seedings work out in a top class draw.