Willstrop has tough draw in Manchester

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PONTEFRACT Squash Club’s world number one James Willstrop heads for Manchester Sports City for the British Grand Prix tomorrow (Friday).

He is just back from the United States where he played in an England versus Egypt challenge match in Boston involving Nick Matthew, Amr Shabana and Ramy Ashourn.

In Manchester, Willstrop is seeded one to meet world number two Matthew in the final.

Willstrop has a tough draw which sees him against England international Daryl Selby in the first round.

Five of the world’s top six players are competing at Manchester.

The Yorkshire League season began with Pontefract fourth team playing Barnsley second team and although they lost 3-2 there were promising performances from the two youngsters, nine-year-old Sam Todd and 13-year-old Eliot Ridge.

Todd won the first game before losing 3-2 and although Ridge lost 3-0 the match was well contested.

All four Yorkshire League teams are in action this week. The first team play Phoenix and the second and third teams meet in a domestic clash. The fourth team play Malton.

Pontefract’s Indian internationals Saurav Ghosal and Siddarth Suchde return from the Malaysian Open to play in the qualifier for the British Grand Prix which takes place in Wolverhampton.

Ghosal lost 3-2 in Malaysia to European Champion Ollie Tuominen (Finland), finishing the match with severely blistered feet and Suchde did well to qualify, having won his first qualifying match in 110 minutes. He lost to world number five Karim Darwish (Egypt) in the first round proper.

Pontefract’s Lesley Willstrop Doubles, which is well established as a charity event, begins next week and is in aid of local youngster Jaiden Worrall.

On finals night well known peronalities from the rugby league world will take on Pontefract’s women, winners of the European Club championships in Prague recently.