Warwick and Kenilworth Return to Winning Ways After Bristol Win

The Premier Squash League returned to Crackley Lane last night, with Warwick Kenilworth keen to return to winning ways after a dramatic win away at Pontefract last time out.

After the teams had been led out onto the court by Warwick’s MC, it was a feisty affair to kick start events on the show court with Warwick’s Sarah Jane Perry taking on Bristol’s Tesni Evans.

Perry unbeaten this season with 3 wins for War/Ken got off to a flyer winning the first game 16-14 in what was a tense affair. The world number 7 and 14 matched up very evenly resulting in a 2-2 score line going into the final game. SJ went into an early lead going 5-1 up before Evans pulled it back to 5-5.

The referee had to silence both players from talking after complaints about decisions throughout the match and it spurred on Evans who pulled the game 10-9 and her favour and onto the verges of winning the match. The tension in the court was palpable and after Perry pulled it back to 10-10 and it was a case of who could hold their nerve to win it. Fortune favours the brave and it was Perry who came out on top to win 12-10 and the game 3-2 with a stunning volley.

On court 1 Mark Fuller had beaten Roshan Bharos 3-1 meaning War/Ken had a 2-0 lead going into the second round of games.

On the show court Wawick’s Ashley Davies took on Josh Masters with Davies coming into this on slightly better form with one victory to his belt. Despite not having won this season Masters got off to a cracking start winning the first 2 games 11-8 and 11-5 with Davies looking visibly frustrated.

This frustration fuelled Davies who won the next two 11-7 and 11-8 going into the final match. Davies couldn’t carry this form into the final game slumping to an 11-2 defeat to hand Masters the match and his first victory of this PSL season.

Despite this War/Ken had gone into a 3-1 lead with the current World Junior number 1 Victor Crounin dispatching James Peach 3-0.

This meant that mathematically War/Ken couldn’t lose going into the final fixture with Warwick’s Iker Pajares taking on Youssef Soliman on the show court. Both men played some superb squash winning a game apiece heading into the third game. Pajares looked to be struggling going into the next game with a heavy 11-3 loss. This was confirmed in the next game as Pajares was forced to retire due to injury meaning Bristol got a default 3-1 victory.

Despite this Warwick got the victory overall meaning they go into third ahead of their next fixture at home to Birmingham in January.

Order War/Ken (17) Score (3-2) Bristol (9) G1 G2 G3 G4 G5
1 Iker Pajares 1-3 Youssef Soliman 11-13 11-9 3-11 0-6 rtd
2 Ashley Davies 2-3 Joshua Masters 8-11 5-11 11-7 11-8 2-11
3 Victor Crounin 3-0 James Peach 11-8 11-2 11-7
4 Mark Fuller 3-1 Roshan Bharos 11-5 8-11 11-6 11-7
5 Sarah-Jane Perry 3-2 Tesni Evans 16-14 9-11 11-4 7-11 12-10

James D’Arcy

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