Pontefract star Smith retains Nottingamshire title

Pontefract's two most famous players, former world number one Lee Beachill (pictured) and current world number four James Willstrop, will officially open the club's refurbished courts on Friday, July 29.
Pontefract's two most famous players, former world number one Lee Beachill (pictured) and current world number four James Willstrop, will officially open the club's refurbished courts on Friday, July 29.
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PONTEFRACT Squash Club’s juniors were prominent at the Nottinghamshire Junior Open which attracts many of the country’s leading young players.

England under 19 international Katie Smith, having won in 2010, retained her title by beating Chloe Pearson (Warwickshire) 3-1 in the final.

Pontefract’s latest international Jack Cooper won the under 15 championship.

Ten year old Ellen Cooper, playing in the under 13 division, did well to finish seventh.

Sam Todd, aged eight, the most excting prospect to come out of the club since Lee Beachill and James Willstrop, excelled himself in the boys’ under 11s.

After two comfortable wins he beat top-seeded Jack Turvey 3-1 in the semi final and lost narrowly in the final 3-2 to Oscar Beech.

Giving two years or more away to his opponents, Todd’s performance at this high level marks him down as a player with world possibilities.

The official opening of the club’s refurbished courts will take place on Friday, July 29, and will be conducted by Pontefract’s two most famous players, former world number one Lee Beachill and current world number four James Willstrop.

The opening will be held in conjunction with a night of squash in aid of Sadie Rose Clifford, a seriously ill two year old, who lives in Knaresborough.

The programme will consist of four matches - Sam Todd v Will King, Lee Beachill v Simon Parke, Vanessa Atkinson v Jenny Duncalf and James Willstrop v Saurav Ghosal.

Beachill and Atkinson have both been world number one, Willstrop and Duncalf world number two (Duncalf currently) and Parke world number three. Ghosal is the best Indian player of all time and all six of these illustrious players have held their national titles, Ghosal currently.

Live music, provided by Andy Procter and others, will follow the squash and all proceeds from the evening will go to Sadie Rose Clifford.