Pontefract’s under 19s mixed team reach national finals

James Willstrop is in Chicago for the Windy City Open.
James Willstrop is in Chicago for the Windy City Open.
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AJP Pontefract’s National League squash team lost 3-2 to Birmingham but there was important success for Pontefract’s second Yorkshire League side and the club’s under 19 mixed team.

Saurav Ghosal, India’s number one, returning to Pontefract’s ranks, and Sarah Kippax were the winners in Birmingham but when Lee Beachill pulled a calf muscle after losing the first game 15-13 any chance of a win disappeared.

The under 19 team of Jack Cooper, Tom Bamford, Dominic Pegg, Megan Kaye and Ellen Cooper progressed to the national finals, beating Carlisle and West Warwickshire, both 4-1.

Pontefract has an outstanding record in the competition, having won the championship on several occasions and the 2014 team has every chance of improving that record.

The all-conquering Yorkshire League second team made it 16 out of 16 when they beat Malton 5-0 and with four matches to go they may well go through the season unbeaten.

They play Doncaster away this week.

The Yorkshire League Premier side lost 3-2 to Chapel Allerton, wins coming from Jack Cooper and Emma Beddoes. They entertain Dunnington this week.

Pontefract juniors continue to dominate at open tournaments and four were successful last weekend. Megan Kaye (under 19 girls), 10-year-old Sam Todd (under 15 boys) and Laura Longfield (under 13 girls) all won at the Allam Hull and East Riding Junior Open. Another promising youngster Millie O’Toole had her first open win at The Newcastle Open.

Pontefract’s James Willstrop is in Chicago for the Windy City Open where his draw gives him prospective matches with recent Tournament of Champions winner, the legendary Amr Shabana and, if successful, modern day genius Ramy Ashour who is happily recovered from injury.

After Chicago and a brief return to England he will be back in Virginia for the World Series for the world’s top eight players. He is in a group with three Egyptians, Ashour, Mohammed el Shorbagy and Tarek Momen. World number one Nick Matthew will fly the Yorkshire and English flag in the other group.