YPL team get home campaign up and running with a win
07th Oct 2016
Well done to our Yorkshire Premier League team who got their first win of the season against Abbeydale on Wednesday.
CHAPEL ALLERTON BEAT ABBEYDALE 2 5-0 (20-0)
Declan Christie was also playing his first match of the season for us, and sometimes by his own admission, we’re never sure of where his fitness is at with “work” commitments. Dec was also a little under the weather but looked in fine form as he delayed his shots and displayed superior racket work against Abbeydale coach Mark Tasker. There were some entertaining rallies as always with Dec and it was another case of the shotmaker versus the runner really as the Chapel Allerton player prevailed 11-6,11-9, 11-5.
Dom Hamilton was one of the first at the club at 7:23pm so things were always looking good for us this evening! Straight on to his beloved court 5 and Dominic was flying around the court, always a skip and a jump ahead of his Sheffield opponent James Biggin. It was a real contrast of styles but also class as Dom held and flicked with panache and Biggin dug in and gave 100% in his workmanlike way. The result was always going our way though as Dom came through 11-5, 11-4, 11-8.
First match for myself (Parke) this season and a familiar opponent in Sam Watts as we’d played before a couple of seasons ago on the same court. I remembered he played a very fast pace which i did NOT want to join in with as i’d just arrived back 2 nights earlier from San Francisco. So i managed to slow him down to medium pace but he still made some great pickups and forced me to play more accurately. Felt like an entertaining game though and i didn’t get injured (which is a bonus!) winning 11-3, 11-7, 11-5.
Owain Taylor, our new Welsh hero, fresh after his massive comeback v Taminder last week, was on fine form tonight against Abbeydale no2 Phil Scully. FairPlay to these players, they’ve come up from Division 1 and will mainly be playing against pros, has beens (like myself) or semi pros, and it’s a real step up. But every Abbeydale player gave 100% and Scully was no exception against his superior opponent. As Scully scurried, Taylor just had too much control and read of the court with his huge wingspan and wrapped up the match 11-6, 11-7, 11-4.
And finally, a chance for the local fans to see our new No1 Mark Fuller in action against another young giant in Matt Broadberry. Fuller’s nickname is “Mad Dog” and don’t worry that doesn’t refer to his personality, more his squash playing style, which is akin to a dog with a bone, he just will not let go! One of the most persistent players around, who has now developed a decent short game, and is a danger to anyone outside the top 30 in the world. Thankfully this persistence was good enough against the angsty Broadberry, who doesn’t really look like he enjoys the game and should maybe take a chill pill. Fuller 11-6, 11-7, 11-9.
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