Williams duo keep Norfolk Junior squash honours in the family
The finale to the Norfolk Junior Grand Prix series turned into a family affair.
Alex Williams ended Adam Sinkins' dominance in group one with a hard-fought 11/8 13/11 12/14 11/8 win in an entertaining encounter. Having already won an impressive five grands prix this season, Adam started as favourite, but right from the start Alex was clearly focused and contested every point with total commitment, taking the first game 11/8.
Further long and hard fought rallies continued in the second game which went right to the wire, with Alex again clinching the crucial points to take the game 13/11 and lead 2-0.
Amazingly, the pace and commitment continued throughout the third game in which Adam saved match balls to win 14/12, and recover to go 1-2 down. With the match looking to swing Adam's way, Alex's determination and willpower increased to clinch the match in four.
Pushing Adam to all four corners of the court and using his reach, power and touch, he was not to be denied.
Sister Lucy-Ann Williams stepped in as a late replacement for Bonnie Butler in group three and like her brother was determined to put in a good showing.
After two comfortable wins she found herself well behind in the third game of her final to the steadily improving Ryan Stringer.
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However, she put together a string of points to pinch the third 13/11, and follow this with a convincing 11/4 scoreline in the fourth game to clinch the match and the group.
The other success story of the day was the first appearances of four young ladies from Reepham Squash Club and one from EATSC Norwich, competing against three players who only recently started their tournament careers. The eight players provided a fantastically close series of matches with eight of the 12 matches going down to the deciding game.
The five debutants all acquitted themselves well with two making the group's overall final. Rebekah Elphick (EATSC) recovered to win her semi-final 9/11 11/4 11/7 against Lydia Gotts-Woolner (Broadland).
Mae Betts (Reepham) did likewise with a 3/11 12/10 11/8 comeback against Kye McCort-Hall (Broadland).
Elphick triumphed in a tense five setter for the newcomers.
With upcoming county and regional closed tournaments carrying national ranking points, it is hoped all Norfolk's juniors will enter to continue their enjoyment and development.