Pontefract’s Grindrod gives creditable display

James Willstrop heads for Chicago this week for the Windy City Open.
James Willstrop heads for Chicago this week for the Windy City Open.
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A below strength Pontefract Squash Club National League team were no match for the Coolhurst Club,losing 5-0 in London.

Pontefract were without James Willstrop, Dutch number one Laurens Anjema and Indian number one Saurav Ghosal.

Ben Grindrod, though, performed with credit against world top ten player and German number one Simon Rosner.

Ponterfract’s next National League match is at home to Birmingham when a stronger team should be available.

The club’s Yorkshire League Premier first team did well to beat a strong Barnsley side 3-2.

Sam Wileman and South African Kyle Maree with two 3-0 wins meant that a 3-2 victory by Alex Hodgetts over the experienced Peter Bilson clinched the match.

The second Yorkshire League team lost 4-1 to Hull and East Riding, Jack Cooper providing the solitary win. Taminder Gata-Aura went down narrowly 3-2.

James Willstrop heads for Chicago this week for the Windy City Open, a World Series event. He begins with a first round match against a qualifier.

Amy Royle continued her successful run when she won the Humberside under 13 junior open and promising younger brother, nine year old Joe, made it a family double when he won the under 11 boys title, his first tournament success. Three Pontefract juniors Elliot Ridge, Sam Todd and Ellen Cooper have all headed the English National rankings this season and 10 year old Layla Johnson came close to making it four when she was ranked two in the latest under 11 list.