Ghosal Pontefract’s sole winner in London

Pontefract's James Willstrop is seeded number three in the Cathay Pacific Championship.
Pontefract's James Willstrop is seeded number three in the Cathay Pacific Championship.

AJP Pontefract squash team, led by India’s best ever player Saurav Ghosal, lost 4-1 away to the Coolhurst Club, London, in the National League.

Ghosal who reached World Championship quarterfinals last month, provided Pontefract with their solitary win, beating German number one Simon Rosner 3-1 in style.

Sarah Kippax almost made it two when she lost 13-11 in the fifth to Madeline Perry who has been training at Pontefract recently.

Pontefract will have both James Willstop and Ghosal available for this week’s fixture against Chapel Allerton.

It promises to be an entertaining match as the Leeds side have England international Daryl Selby and much improved Chris Simpson as well as Jenny Duncalf in their ranks.

Pontefract’s all -conquering Yorkshire League second team made it nine out of nine with a 4-1 win over AF Squash and will be looking for ten this week when they take on Chapel Allerton third team.

Pontefract’s Premier side beat Abbeydale second team 4-1 and play Heaton at home this week.

The world tour is in Hong Kong for the Cathay Pacific Championship, the finals of which are played in the spectacular setting of Hong Kong harbour. Willstrop is seeded three while Ghosal plays a qualifier in the first round to meet world champion Nick Matthew or Selby in the second round.

Pontefract juniors were out in force for Yorkshire last weekend.

Eliot Ridge led the under 15 team to three wins in Nottingham and Sam Todd led the under 13s to three wins in Pontefract, with Ben Sockett and Jed Nowell in support.

Ellen Cooper, Emma Campion and Jessica Beachill were main players in the under 15 girls and Layla Johnson, Milly o’Toole, Laura Longfield and Amber Copley were all part of the successful under 13 girls team.

All the Yorkshire teams progressed to the finals weekends in 2014.