Pontefract players on county duty

Pontefract's James Willstrop is making good progress after a hip operation.
Pontefract's James Willstrop is making good progress after a hip operation.

The first junior inter county squash weekend played in various parts of the country saw Yorkshire teams head five age groups and come second in the other three.

It means all Yorkshire’s eight teams qualify for the finals weekend in 2015.

The under 19 boys, under 17 boys, under 15 girls, under 13 boys and under 13 girls were all successful and Pontefract Squash Club was strongly represented.

The Pontefract players on duty were under 19s boys Jack Cooper, under 19 girls Megan Kaye, under 17 boys Elliot Ridge, under 17 girls Emma Campion and Jessica Beachill, under 15 boys Harry Anderson and Ben Sockett, under 15 girls Ellen Cooper, Poppy Jaram and Eve Perrin, under 13 boys Sam Todd, Ben Beachill and Jordan Stewart and under 13 girls Laura Longfield, Amber Copley and Layla Johnson.

Several Pontefract players remained unbeaten throughout the weekend.

Pontefract’s talented young Yorkshire League fourth team pulled off an outstanding 3-2 win over a very strong Doncaster first-team, led by the experienced Martin brothers.

Pranay Jain, 16, Sam Todd, 11, and Harry Anderson,13, were the winners for Pontefract.

Todd and Anderson both won in the fifth and deciding games.

Jain did remarkably well to beat Steve Martin 3-1.

Pontefract first team lost 4-1 to Hallamshire last week, Alex Hodgetts providing the solitary win.

Pontefract’s James Willstrop is making good progress after his hip operation but he is unlikely to be playing at world level before next Januar when he is targeting the Tournament of Champions in New York, played in the spectacular setting of Grand Central Station.

A previous winner of the championship it would provide a fitting comeback for him.

Kirsty McPhee is also recovering from ankle surgery and should be playing again at a similar time.