Pontefract squash players dominate Yorkshire championships

Winners and runners-up at the Yorkshire Junior County Championships held at Pontefract Squash Club.

Winners and runners-up at the Yorkshire Junior County Championships held at Pontefract Squash Club.

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The Yorkshire Junior Championships held at Pontefract Squash Club were dominated by home court players when they won four of the 10 titles and also produced five runners-up.

The winners from Pontefract were: Megan Kaye (under 19 girls), Eliot Ridge (under 15 boys), Ellen Cooper (under 15 girls) and Sam Perrin (under 11 boys).

Jack Cooper, Emma Campion, Ben Sockett, Eve Perrin and Layla Johnson were runners-up in their respective age groups .

Ridge was outstanding in both his semi-final and final matches against higher ranked opposition, at no time looking in danger of defeat.

The talented Ellen Cooper beat Emma Campion in an-all Pontefract under 15 girls final and the girls under 11 saw a high quality match in the final, Layla Johnson losing 2-1 to Ophelia Watson (York).

Results – Under 19 Boys: James Peach(Doncaster) beat Jack Cooper (Pontefract).

Under 19 Girls: Megan Kaye (Pontefract) beat Holly Moore (Sheffield),

Under 17 Boys: Stuart McGregor (Ilkley) beat Daniel Bray (Halifax).

Under 17 Girls: Zoe Kaiser (Hull) beat Charlotte Fish (Hull).

Under 15 Boys: Eliot Ridge (Pontefract) beat Youssef Forster (Hull).

Under 15 Girls: Ellen Cooper (Pontefract) beat Emma Campion (Pontefract).

Under 13 Boys: Harry Anderson(Scarborough) beat Ben Sockett (Pontefract).

Under 13 Girls: Lydia Robinson (Beverley)beat Eve Perrin (Pontefract).

Under 11 Boys: Sam Perrin (Pontefract) beat Matthew Readshaw (Leyburn).

Under 11 Girls: Ophelia Watson (York) beat Layla Johnson (Pontefract).

James Willstrop, playing his first PSA event of the new season, the Netsuite Open in San Francisco, began well, beating in-form Colombian number one Miguel Rodriguez, 3-1, and following up with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Laurens Anjema,the Dutch number one.

He now plays world number one Ramy Ashour and with their matches rarely failing to live up to expectations the San Francisco crowd should be in for a treat.

The Yorkshire League programme is now in full swing and the Premier League side begin with a home fixture this week against Queen’s Halifax.