Cromer could find it tough again

Squash: The first matches of the new 2007 summer season have taken place with Watton picking up a 16 point maximum in their Division One match against Cromer. The Cromer team finished bottom last summer and received a reprieve when the top two teams in Division Two declined their promotion places.

The first matches of the new 2007 summer season have taken place with Watton picking up a 16 point maximum in their Division One match against Cromer.

The Cromer team finished bottom last summer and received a reprieve when the top two teams in Division Two declined their promotion places. And it is looking as though they will once again face some tough matches as Vince Somers, Ian Thompson and Simon Howling all won in straight games for the home side. Cromer did pick up a couple of points thanks to Adam Gretton who led Jonathan Pearson before eventually going down 9-2, 7-9, 9-4, 6-9, 5-9.

In Division Two, Broadland had a convincing 16-0 victory over Oasis who, even at this early stage, were only able to field a team of three players.

Steve Moxey, Jon Bird and Kevin Cooke all won their matches 3-0, dropping just 21 points between them. Newly-promoted Barnham Broom III lost 13-4 at home to Wensum Lodge for whom both Graham Woodford and Graham Sibley won in straight games while Ian Pearson beat the Broom captain Paul English 3-1. Wesley Hicks was Barnham's one winner.


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Barnham Broom II are still playing in Division Three and they have been strengthened by the return of Paul Gretton to play at number one. Wins for him, Adi Martin and Peter Blackmore helped the Broom team beat Oasis II 16-2 while young Josef Bolt beat veteran Barry Jackson 3-2. Lenwade, who will be playing all their matches away from home, won 14-6 at Wensum Lodge II with captain Mike Goodson winning 3-1, Vic Blake winning in straight games and Martin Hart beating Steve Cunningham 3-2.

The closest match of the week was at Cromer where the home club's second team beat Fakenham 13-7. The Cromer team were strengthened by the inclusion of Steve Mutton at No 1 but they did give summer league debuts to youngsters Alec Foster and Ben Herrieven. Foster won his fourth string match against another youngster, Chris Savoury, 3-1, and Herrieven did well to take Ian Raisbury to five games. Mutton, as expected, won his match 3-0.

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