East Anglia II put pressure on first team as squash league returns

Following the mid-season break and the excitement of last week's Norfolk championships, the league season is back in full swing.

In the Premier Division East, Anglia II have maintained their championship challenge and kept up the pressure on their first team with a convincing 18-5 victory over bottom-of-the-table Bannatyne's, while another of the teams threatened by relegation, Diss, were narrowly beaten 14-11 at Broadland.

Both Ian Douglass and Ashley Briggs won their matches 3-1 for East Anglia against Kevin Harvey and Ali Dawson respectively while Mark Rolfe beat Paul Bradnock 3-0 and David Youngs also won in straight games against the reigning Norfolk junior champion, Jordan Creed. Max Dawson, who beat Steve Mooney 3-1, was Bannatyne's one winner. At Fleggburgh, Paul Atterton beat Adam Gretton 13-7 in the fifth to win the fourth-string match for Broadland and Richard Millman, who is still far from being fully fit, was pushed hard by Tom Bobbins before winning 13-10 13-11 8-13 5-13 6-13. Broadland's third winner was Mark Thomas, who beat Dan Carver 3-1, while for Diss former King's Lynn player, Mark Bobbins beat Roly Gosai in straight games and Neil Cross had a surprisingly comfortable 3-0 victory over Ian Cox, winning 13-5 13-6 13-1.

In Division One, top-of-the-table Sports Park maintained their unbeaten record with an emphatic 20-2 victory over bottom side Cromer, who have now chalked up seven consecutive defeats. Richard Fiske, Joe Plumridge and Eddie Webber all won their matches in straight games while Andy Weeks won 3-1 and Andrew Trim also won 3-1, beating Richard Keeble in the first string match.

Earlier, Cromer also lost their re-arranged match at Lime Tree Road, going down 20-2 to East Anglia III for whom Peter Dean, Anthony Raywood, Nick Ross and Matt Johnson all won in straight games. Hadleigh Farrer had a tougher match at number one before beating Richard Keeble 9-6 7-9 8-9 9-2 9-4.

North Norfolk maintained their promotion challenge by beating East Anglia IV 17-6. Kevin Blake and Simon Watson both won their matches in straight games, Jason Golaglee beat Brian Cooper 3-1 and captain Tim Perry beat Dave Marler 3-2. Jack Pearse, who beat the new Norfolk Vintage champion Peter Scott in straight games, was the East Anglia side's only winner. North Walsham, who are struggling to avoid being involved in the relegation play-offs, had an excellent 14-8 victory over Barnham Broom II.

In the only Division Two match scheduled UEA won 16-8 away to Barnham Broom III. In Division Three East Anglia V thrashed Cromer II 20-0.

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