Pontefract ace Ridge wins Dutch Junior Open

Pontefract's James Willstrop will be competing in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Pontefract's James Willstrop will be competing in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Pontefract Squash Club’s Elliott Ridge’s achievements in 2013-2014 have been remarkable.

He was selected for England under 15s in Prague and Dublin, unbeaten in all matches and last month became the number one ranked player under 15 in the country.

He surpassed all that when winning the Dutch Junior Under 15 Open in Amsterdam, beating an international field.

To reach the semi final he beat James Cameron (Canada), Illia Presman (Ukraine), Oscar Khoo and Nick Wall (both England), all 3-0.

In the semi final, he beat Akasham Rajagopaul (Canada) 3-1 after a quality and entertaining match, having been 1-0 down.

In the final, he played Hugo Mandil (France), the second seed, a strong and athletic player. Ridge found himself 1-0 down again, but having levelled the match he won the second 13-11 and won the third and fourth games convincingly.

This outstanding performance means that he is unbeaten in his last 44 matches which include home and European international team performances.

Sam Todd finished sixth in the under 13 Championship and Ellen Cooper, her brother Jack and Tom Bamford all performed with credit in Hollland.

Pontefract’s James Willstrop, with the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow less than two weeks away , goes to Dubai this week for an exhibition match with Ramy Ashour, the sport’s most original player ever.

The pair have mutual respect whcih has meant that their many natches at the highest world levels have rarely failed to delight crowds.

The men’s singles, for which Willstrip is seeded two, begins on Thursday, with the final the following Monday.

The men’s and women’s singles are followed immediately by the men’s, women’s and mixed doubles championships.

Pontefract’s national league team for next season is taking shape and already signed on are Aqeel Rehmann, the Austrian number one, Courtney West (Australia), Simon Parke and British under 23 champion Carrie Ramsey who will provide cover for England international Sarah Kippax.