Junior squash titles for sisters
Sisters Emily and Saffron Wilford, from Harleston, produced three title wins between them in the Norfolk Junior Closed Squash Championships at the East Anglia Squash Club on Lime Tree Road in Norwich.
Sisters Emily and Saffron Wilford, from Harleston, produced three title wins between them in the Norfolk Junior Closed Squash Championships at the East Anglia Squash Club on Lime Tree Road in Norwich. James Cultien was another outstanding performer, winning the boys' under-15 and under-19 titles, and finishing runner-up in the under-17 competition. Saffron Wilford, from the East Anglia club, took the girls' under-11 title with a 3-0 defeat of fellow club player Verity Kelly. Sister Emily, ranked 33 in England at under-13 level, won both the girls' under-13 and under-15 titles. She beat Sophie Hodges (Reepham) 3-0 in the under-13 final and stepped up an age group to beat Beth Grainer (East Anglia) 3-0 in the climax to the under-15 competition.
Hannah Morris (East Anglia) beat Beth Grainer 3-1 to retain the under-17 girls' crown - and also reached the girls' under-19 final, in which she lost 3-0 to a very strong Vicky Hawkes, of East Anglia.
The boys' under-11 final was fought out by the Crafer brothers, Adam and Sam, of Reepham, with the older Adam winning 3-0.
Harry Taylor (Crown Lodge, Outwell) beat George Anthony (Barnham Broom) 3-0 to win the boys' under-13 title.
The boys' under-15 final saw the first victory of the day for James Cultien, who had recovered from an injury suffered the previous day in a hard-fought under-19 semi-final with Andrew Whiting (Diss).
Cultien beat Josef Bolt (Barnham Broom) 3-0 in the final, and was back on court for the boys' under-17 final against Ben Rawsthorne, of Barnham Broom.
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Cultien took the first set, but then Rawsthorne stepped up his game and decisively maintained his advantage to win the next three sets to cause the upset of the day.
Cultien bounced back to win the boys' under-19 final, by 3-0 against Fergus Clark, of Diss.
Norfolk Junior Squash county coach David Youngs, said: “The entry numbers were up on last year and we had a very good audience turn-out for finals day, which was great to see.”
The Norfolk Junior Squash Grand Prixs are aimed at all young players interested in squash. The groups are graded so all standards and ages from county level to beginners are welcome.
The next grand prix date is at Harleston and Long Stratton Squash Clubs on Sunday, October 15.
Anyone interested in taking part should contact David Youngs at Lime Tree Road on 01603 453532. Other results were:
Boys' under-11 Plate: winner Lasith Ranasinghe, runner-up Harry Dye (East Anglia).
Boys' under-13 Plate: winner Tony Ronaldson (East Anglia), runner-up Robert Davis (Barnham Broom). Girls' under-13 Plate: winner Jenny Hodges (Reepham), runner-up Hannah Taylor (Crown Lodge, Outwell).
Boys' under-15 Plate: Winner Thomas Belshaw (North Walsham).
Boys' under-17 Plate: winner Matt Burton (Fakenham), runner-up Michael Fielden (Reepham).
Boys' under-19 Plate: Winner Martin Dack (Fakenham).