Title success for Pontefract pair

Pontefract's Sam Todd won the under 13 open title.
Pontefract's Sam Todd won the under 13 open title.

Pontefract Squash Club’s visiting Indian Kush Kumar - the Asian under 17 champion - and rising star and England under 11 champion Sam Todd won the Northumbria Championships boys under 19 open and under 13 open respectively.

They both lifted titles at the tournament in Newcastle without being seriously threatened.

Megan Kaye (under 17 girls) and Ellen Cooper (under 15 girls) narrowly failed to give Pontefract two other winners, both losing 3-2 in the final.

Eliot Ridge continued his progress, finishing fifth in the under 15 boys tournament from an unseeded position, losing to the eventual winner.

Kumar was instrumental in Pontefract’s 3-2 Yorkshire Premier league win over Queens, Halifax, in the first match of the season.

Taminder Gata-Aura and Sam Wileman both won and when Queen’s levelled the match at 2-2 everything depended on the second string contest between Kumar and England under 19 international Oliver Holland.

In a high quality match. Holland led 2-1 but Kumar fought back to level before winning the fifth convincingly.

He will play this week against Wigginton before returning home to Chennai in India.

Pontefract’s second Yorkshire League team have begun well with wins over Huddersfield’s first team and Hallamshire seconds and they will be strengthened this week by the inclusion of Chris Van der Salm.

Young New Zealander Van der Salm will be training at Pontefract for the entire season.

Pontefract’s Yorkshire League fourth team have also begun with two wins and they will include Ridge and Todd for their visit to Moortown this week.

James Willstrop retains his world number three ranking in the October list.

After his encouraging performance at the Netsuite Open in San Francisco, Willstrop is currently in Philadelphia for the United States Open, in which he is seeded to meet Nick Matthew in the semi finals.