Pontefract ace is number three in world rankings

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Pontefract Squash Club’s James Willstrop (pictured) has moved back up to number three in April’s world ranking list.

It follows his impressive performance at the Canary Wharf Classic when he became the first player to win the title four times.

Ramy Ashour (Egypt) is well clear at the top of the rankings after his recent outstanding form.

Although the Yorkshire League season is close to completion, Pontefract’s third and fourth teams have rearranged fixtures this week. It is because of bad weather which caused postponements.

The third team host Chapel Allerton and AF Squash and the fourth team take on Moortown, also at home.

Pontefract junior players have continued to make an impact at county, area and international level this season.

Sam Todd and Ellan Cooper, the club’s latest internationals, were unbeaten in the five Nations Championship at Le Mans in France.

Todd, still aged just nine when playing in France, is by far England’s most promising junior player and he follows in the footsteps of two Pontefract world number ones Lee Beachill and James Willstrop.

Another young Pontefract player, eight year old Layla Johnson, is showing enough promise to suggest that she will be the next junior from the club to play internationally one day.

A host of junior players have represented Yorkshire this year and one of them, Ben Sockett, won the Halifax under 13 Junior Open, beating Ryan Max 3-0 in the semi final and Will King (Heaton) 3-0 in the final.

The National Club finals are to be played at Hallamshire, Sheffield, on April 20 and 21 and Pontefract’s women’s team have already reached that stage. The men’s team have to beat Brampton Manor and the under 19 mixed team have to overcome Daina, Northampton, to reach the finals.