Young squash star Todd aiming to defend British title

Sam Todd.
Sam Todd.

Pontefract Squash Club’s senior team came out on top in a close contest against Dunnington in the Yorkshire Premier League.

The title challengers were successful 3-2 with wins from Taminder Gata-Aura, Adam Taylor and Sam Wileman.

The Premier second team went to Barnsley and although the team lost 4-1, 12-year-old Sam Todd was their winner, his second from three matches this season.

This weekend Todd is in action in Manchester, aiming to defend his British Under 13 Championship and since he would be a leading contender at under 15 level it would be a major surprise if he were to be beaten.

Several other of Pontefract’s outstanding juniors will be looking to make an impression in Manchester.

Todd’s other main target in the first half of the season is the US Junior Open, which attracted almost a thousand entries in 2014.

After playing the lead in the famous play Journey’s End for the Adel Players James Willstrop returns to squash action in the National League at Nottingham this week. He will then head straight for Qatar for the long established Qatar Classic,which was his first major World Tour win in 2004.

Pontefract’s third team remained unbeaten after four matches when they beat Hull and East Riding seconds 4-1, with wins from Peter Lonsdale, Stuart Hargreaves, Mark Swift and Brad Gallivan.

The North of England Masters Championships were held at Pontefract last weekend for age groups from over 35 to over 70, the age range drawing attention to squash’s continued controversial omission from the Olympics.

There were many distinguished names in age group championships from all over the country and there were three Yorkshire winners: Nick Wall, over 35 (Sheffield); Murray Scott, over 45 (Sheffield) and evergreen Mike Clemson, over 70 (Hull).