East Anglia squash title defence gets off to winning start

The 2012-13 squash season is under way and the three winning teams in the Premier Division all picked up 19 points.

Reigning champions East Anglia II hosted their own first team and it was the firsts who came out on top, winning 19-7 in what captain Jack Pearse described as 'a very good match'. Pearse and Richard Hunt both won their matches 3-1, John Cordeaux beat Steve Mooney in straight games and Ian Douglas beat Andrew Woods 3-2. David Youngs was the second team's one winner as he beat Dave Gouldby 13-6 11-13 8-13 13-10 13-4.

Broadland proved too strong for Barnham Broom, winning 19-6. Paul Atterton came from behind to beat Alan Soame 3-2, Mark Thomas defeat Jonathan Pearson 3-1 and both Steve Moxey and Ian Cox won their matches in straight games. Vince Somers, who beat Katie Lawrence 13-10 in the fifth, was the one Barnham winner.

Newly-promoted Sportspark found the going tough at Potters, where the home side ran out 19-5 winners. Richard Fiske, who beat Eric Plane 14-12 in the fifth, was Sportspark's one winner, while for Potters Rob Hambrook and Paul Field both won 3-1 while David Hall and Jamie Goodrich won their matches in straight games.

Diss were relegated at the end of last season and they lost their first match in Division One, narrowly going down 15-12 to visiting Barnham Broom II. Wes Hicks, Adie Martin and Peter Hubbard all won 3-2 for the visitors, with both Martin and Hubbard coming back from 0-2 down to win their matches. For Diss, Jack Bell beat Adam Goodson in straight games and Dan Calver beat Stuart Sutton 3-1.

East Anglia III won 18-6 away to North Norfolk, with Ed Hankins and Matt Johnson both winning in straight games, Gary Snelling beating Martin Guppy 3-2 and Hadleigh Farrer winning the first string match against Simon Watson 3-1. Martin Pearse, who won the fifth string match for North Norfolk, was his team's only winner.

The young Fakenham side just did enough to win their match against Broadland II, coming out on top 16-9.

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Bruce Bushell won 3-1 and Martin Jolley won in straight games while Michael Baron just beat Terry Mayes 9-5 7-9 10-8 5-9 9-7. For Broadland, Jon Bird won 3-0 and Steve Moxey came from 0-2 down to beat Adam Sinkins 3-2.


Premier Division: Broadland 19 Barnham Broom 6, East Anglia II 7 East Anglia 19, Potters 19 Sportspark 5.

Division One: Broadland II 9 Fakenham 16, Diss 12 Barnham Broom II 15, North Norfolk 6 East Anglia III 18.

Division Two: Cromer 20 Broadland III 4, East Anglia V 5 North Walsham II 18, Bannatyne's II v UEA and Beccles v Wensum Lodge (no result).

Division Three: Barnham Broom III 20 Cromer II 4, UEA II 16 Fakenham II 7, North Norfolk II 3 Potters II 20, Broadland Hunters v RAF Marham (postponed).