Alex seals group win in final to savour
Thirty-seven players from all over the county contested the latest round of the Norfolk junior grand prix series at Diss Squash Club. Home club player Alex Prior won Group One with an unbeaten record and without dropping a set.
Thirty-seven players from all over the county contested the latest round of the Norfolk junior grand prix series at Diss Squash Club.
Home club player Alex Prior won Group One with an unbeaten record and without dropping a set.
He beat Fakenham's Andrew Whiting in a final which produced some excellent rallies and was played in a great spirit.
Josef Bolt (Barnham Broom) beat Chris Nolan (East Anglia) in the third/fourth place match, while Fakenham's Martin Dack finished fifth and Tom Morris (East Anglia) finished sixth by beating his older sister Hannah (East Anglia) 3-2, after coming back from 2-0 and match point down.
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Tom Sangster (Fakenham) beat fellow club player Will Parfitt 3-1 in the Group Two final despite playing with an ankle injury.
Emily Wilford (East Anglia) took third place, with Thomas Belshaw (Rossi) fourth, Alice Baker (Oasis) fifth, Darren Forrest (Reepham) sixth, Ollie Burgess (Diss) seventh and Jonathan Warrin eighth.
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In Group Three, the match of the tournament saw Jenny Hodges (Reepham) beat her younger sister Sophie (Reepham) in a titanic battle on a tie-break in the fifth set.
Daniel Huggins (Fakenham) beat Sara Ward (Broadland) 3-2 in the third/fourth place match.
Group Four saw a final between two first-time grand prix competitors. Louis Kemp (Barnham Broom) showed his talent by completing a group victory without dropping any game, beating Chris Forrest (Reepham) in the final.
Peter Smith (Reepham) came third, Rebecca Belshaw (Rossi) fourth, Robert Davis (Barnham Broom) fifth and Christian Strandoo (Diss) sixth.
Two more first-time competitors contested the Group Five final, Adam Crafer (Reepham) winning 2-0 against the promising Alex Coburn, of Barnham Broom.
In the group, eight-year-old Emily Bell (Barnham Broom) put up a very good fight against boys who were all older than her.
Toby Carr (Barnham Broom) came third, Samuel Henden (East Anglia) fourth, William Henden (East Anglia) fifth, Saffron Wilford (East Anglia) sixth, Liam Mooney (East Anglia) seventh and Emily Bell (Barnham Broom) eighth.
The next Norfolk grand prix event is on June 18 at the East Anglia Squash and Tennis Club, Lime Tree Road, Norwich.
Anyone interested in taking part should contact county coach David Youngs at Lime Tree Road on 01603 453532.
First time winners and finalists in groups 4 and 5: from left Alex Coburn, Adam Crafer, Louis Kemp and Chris Forrest.