Familiar story as East Anglia take title

For the past few weeks the fat lady has been clearing her throat and now she can finally burst into song as East Anglia beat East Anglia II 17-4 to clinch the Division One title in the Norfolk SRA Squash League — the tenth time in the last 11 years that a team from Lime Tree Road has taken the title.

Andrew Woods beat the former Norfolk Veterans champion Gary Snelling 3-0 in the fifth string match but straight game wins for Steve Mooney, Ashley Briggs and John Cordeaux and a 3-1 win for David Youngs over Dave Gouldby ensured their team of not only their 19th win of the season but also the championship.

Potters are still well placed to clinch the runners–up spot but, without Jamie Goodrich at number one, they went down to a surprising 14-8 defeat at Bannatyne's, for whom both Simon Piper and Jordan Creed won in straight games and Paul Bradnock won a nail-biting third string match against David Hall 1-9, 10-9, 9-3, 6-9, 10-9. Rob Hambrook and David Cook both won 3-0 for Potters.

Although Oasis lost 14-7 to East Anglia III the points they gained mean that they have avoided the wooden spoon following East Anglia IV's 20-0 defeat at home to Barnham Broom. For Oasis Paul Atterton and Ali Ponder both won in straight games but Jonny Lawes and Paul Harvey did the same for the thirds while Hadleigh Farrer beat Mark Thomas 3-1 in the first string match. Barnham Broom were simply too strong for the fourths as Matthew Bolt, Sam Hales, Simon Howling, Ian Thompson and Vince Somers all won their matches 3-0.

The fight for the Division Two honours could not be closer and with North Norfolk and Barnham Broom II level on points the title will be decided when the two teams meet at Barnham Broom tomorrow.

The Barnham team beat North Walsham 19-5 and Barnham Broom III did their club mates a massive favour by beating North Norfolk 15-9. North Norfolk made the perfect start, with Devendra Mahatme winning 3-1 and Kevin Blake beating Wesley Hicks 3-0 ,but Barnham drew level as Steve Slowick, who had moved up from the fourth team, beat Martin Pearse 3-1 and Neil Sutton beat Tim Perry 3-0. In the final match of the evening North Norfolk's Martin Guppy had two match points against Stuart Sutton but was unable to take them as Sutton eventually came out on top 9-7, 6-9, 9-1, 6-9, 10-8.

At the other end of the table Fakenham finally banished any fears of relegation by beating Bannatyne's II 20-4.