Six of best for Youngs

East Anglia's David Youngs is once again Norfolk Squash champion, taking the title for a sixth time, whilst his club mate, Suzanne Scarlett retained her ladies title.

Playing on his home courts on Sunday evening Youngs regained the title which he won five times between 1999 and 2004 as he beat the reigning champion and number one seed, Ian Cox from Broadland 9-7, 10-9, 1-9, 9-3.

Scarlett completed an easy hat-trick of titles as, in a repeat of last year's final, she beat another East Anglia player, Sophie Croft 9-4, 9-0, 9-0.

Youngs is an amazing player. Nothing seems to fluster him and he always appears to have time to play his shots and keep his opponent under pressure.

He trailed 0-7 in the opening game but gradually worked his way back into contention and drew level at 7-7 in one hand before going on to take the game 9-7.


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If Cox let his chances slip in the first game he certainly had chances to win the second.

Youngs led 5-1 but in a reversal of the first game Cox recovered to lead 8-7 and then on game ball he put an easy backhand volley into the tin before going on to make four more unforced errors and then at 9-9 lost the game on a penalty stroke.

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Cox kept himself in the match by taking the third game 9-1 but this was only a brief respite as Youngs went on to open up a 6-0 lead in the fourth.

Cox recovered some of the deficit to pull back to 6-3 but he was only postponing the inevitable as Youngs went on to lead 8-3 and take the title when Cox volleyed a return of serve into the tin.

In the semi-finals Youngs defeated the 2005 champion Matthew Bolt of Barnham Broom in straight games while Cox also won 3-0 against the 2008 beaten finalist Dave Gouldby.

In the poorly supported ladies tournament Suzanne Scarlett was in a class of her own and she won the title for a third successive year with a very comfortable straight game victory.

Robin Chipperfield became veterans champion for the first time as he dominated the court against the 2005 champion Gary Snelling coming out on top 5-9, 9-2, 9-2, 9-0 while John Paling retained his vintage title winning it for the third time as he beat the five times former champion, Martin Pearse 6-9, 9-0, 9-4, 3-9, 9-5 in a closely contested match.

Pearse took some consolation by winning the over 60s event as he beat Nigel Reeve 9-4, 9-7, 9-1. Jordan Creed of Banntyne's beat Jack Bell of Diss 9-4, 9-2, 9-3 to take the under 23 event while the B event was won by Fakenham's promising youngster Adam Sinkins who beat Nick Stringer 3-0 and Nathan Taylor of East Anglia beat Martin Dack to win the C event.

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