Day 2 Report

Saturday was packed with action including; the remaining 1st round matches, quarter finals, semi-finals and the doubles round robin!

Alan Coates vs Mirek Rousal was the only remaining 1st round game in the A event, and despite a strong start from Mirek, Alan came out on top and won 3-1.

There were some very eventful QF matches on show, including a great 3-2 battle between Mark Manuel and Guy in which Guy just edged it to take the win. 

Another close affair was between 3/4 seed Mark Steven and Alan Coates. Alan was 1-0 up and 8-2 up in the 2nd and let his lead slip, losing 3-1 in the end.

The other 2 QFs were a little more straight-forward with Rich beating Sophie 3-0 and Milo beating Dave 3-0.

After a few hours rest, the 1st semi-final got underway. The match between Rich and Guy was very topsy-turvy but entertaining none-the-less, with neither player getting seemingly able to play consistently across the 5 games. Guy started well winning the 1st 11-5, however, Rich took the next 2 games 11- and 11-4. Guy then made a push to keep his hopes of making the final alive and won the 4th game 11-6. Rich responded well in the fifth winning 11-5 to make it to his 4th consecutive final.

The 2nd semi-final, between 2 seed Milo Mckenzie and 3/4 seed Mark S was played on Sunday morning, due to work commitments for Mark. The games were all well contested but Milo was more clinical in the end-game and took the victory 3-0 to set up a rematch of the 2016 final!

The 1st round losers all had their chance at redemption in the plate competition, which began with2 excellent matchups on Saturday morning.

Andrew Webber took on Tom Hodgson in the first plate match. Tom raced out to a 2-0 lead (11-7 and 11-4), but Andrew managed to regain some composure and keep himself in the match, taking the 3rd game 11-4. The remaining 2 games were tight, but Andrew continued his momentum from the 3rd game and won the next 2 games 11-7 and 11-6 to come out on top and complete the comeback!

On the adjacent court, there was a similarly barnstorming encounter between Mirek And Glover. In similar fashion to Tom, Mirek took the 1st 2 games (11- 7 and 11-8) but not to be outdone, Glover pulled back level taking the next 2 games 11-7 and 11-8. The 5th and final game was a tense affair, with both players going point for point up to 7-7 but Mirek was able to pull away and take the match 11-8.

Adam and Henry both had a bye in the 1st round of the plate, and were both very happy to see their prospective opponents in tough 5 setters!

The plate semi-finals took place later on Saturday afternoon and saw Adam face Andrew and Henry vs Mirek.

Andrew set his stall out early, taking a relatively comfortable 1st game 11-5. The next 2 games were more even and both ended 11-9, one in favour of each player making it 2-1 in favour of Andrew. Adam went all out in the 4th game attacking as much as possible, knowing he couldn't match Andrew for fitness, and it paid off winning 11-4 and taking the match to a decider. The final game went almost point for point up to 8-8 and Adam just managed to squeak through into the plate final taking the last 3 points for the 3-2 win.

The 2nd semi was going on simultaneously on the next court. Mirek took a tough 1st game 11-9 but Henry responded swiftly, winning the 2nd 11-2. Mirek came through another tight game in the 3rd and carried his momentum into the 4th game taking a quick 6-0 lead and despite Henry's best efforts booked his place in the final, taking the game 11-3.

There were no upsets in the remaining 1st round B event matches, 2nd seed Richard Adamson returned from his sunny holiday to win 3-0 against Katherine Hunt, Chris Trewhitt (3/4 seed) won 3-0 against Imran Haq and Matt Barnes took a 3-1 victory against Alex Bell.

In the QFs there was some great squash on show, and upsets galore!

3/4 seed Istvan Soos took a 3-0 win in a competitive encounter win Matt Waddington, while Steve Drummond knocked out the other 3/4 seed, Chris Trewhitt, 3-0.

Fresh from his holiday, no. 2 seed Richard Adamson faced a tricky opponent in Matt Barnes. Matt showed his metal in the 1st 2 games taking them 11-9 and 11-8 respectively to amass a 2-0 lead. Richard battled on in the 3rd game and took it 11-8 and continued his form in the 4th to take the fixture to a tie-breaker. Matt rattled off 6 quick points to go 6-1, and despite a good fightback from Richard Matt took the 5th 11-6.

The number 1 seed Umer faced Alwin in his QF match. Umer started strong winning the first 2 games (12-10 and 11-2) but Alwin fought back to take the 3rd game, making it 2-1 to Umer. Umer, however, showed why he was the 1 seed and regained control in the 4th game at won 11-5, taking him to the semi-finals.

Umer was up against the experience of Istvan in his semi-final, while Steve and Matt (both of whom upset the seedings) battled it out for the other spot in the final.

Umer and Istvan were both very evenly matched and both played well throughout this game. Istvan took the first 11-9 and Umer snuck the 2nd game in a tie-breaker 12-10. The 3rd saw the quality of the game continue and Umer just came out on top again, 11-9. The 4th saw the momentum stick with Umer as he powered into the B final, taking the final game 11-7.

The 2nd semi-final between Steve and Matt was a great encounter, with both players giving their all. Steve took control in the 1st game and went 8-4 up and converted his chances taking the game 11-6. Matt fought back from 10-7 down in the 2nd to take it 12-10 and level up. Steve wasn't deterred by dropping 3 game balls in the 2nd and won the 3rd 11-8 to go 2-1 up in games. Once again Matt showed his character and somehow battled back from 10-5 down, saving 5 match points, to win 12-10 in the 4th and set up a decider. Matt took confidence from his 4th game and his form carried him to an 11-6 win in the 5th and a place in the final.