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Sport England has released their latest participation figures through their Active People Survey (APS). It is reported that there has been a drop in weekly squash participation of 11,000 between the period April 2015- April 2016.

On the news Chief Executive Officer, Keir Worth said, “We are of course disappointed by the figures released today, especially in light of the 27,000 increase in weekly participants that was reported in APS 9 back in December 2015. Despite the reported drop, over the past year there has been a net increase of 16,000 in weekly participation in squash, meaning that there are 213,000 weekly participants in the sport, and we have much to be excited about in the future.”

On the subject of the future Mr Worth continued, “We have recently appointed a new Chair and a new board of directors to take the organisation forward. We are launching our new website imminently which will engage with squash players like never before and we will continue to drive our new participation programmes, ‘Squash101’ and ‘Squash Girls Can’, which we are confident will impact on future participation figures. Meanwhile, the senior Men’s and Women’s England Team and our Under 15 and Under 17 teams are 2016 European Champions and Laura Massaro and Nick Matthew continue to compete at the very highest level of the game. There is so much to be excited about. We are confident we have the right strategy that will pay dividends in terms of increasing participation in the future.”

Jun 7 2016 12:26PM

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Amelie Howarth (Hampshire) and Jonah Bryant (Sussex) were crowned English Under 11 Champions in Sheffield today and were presented their trophies by triple World Champion Nick Matthew.

The impressive girls number one seed Amelie Haworth brought unseeded Francesca Halls (Yorkshire) run to an end winning their Semi Final in straight games while 3/4 seed Meh Shah (Middlesex) booked her place in the final without dropping a game throughout the tournament, beating Charlie McCrone 3-0 in the other Semi. In the final Haworth took the Girls title with an outstanding game of squash defeating Shah 11/3 11/1 11/3.

Boy’s top seed Abd-Allah Essa of Warwickshire progressed to the final by beating unseeded Alex Banhidai (Essex) in the semi-final. Jonah Bryant who beat the second seed Yusuf Sheikh (Essex) in Saturday’s Quarter Final registered another 3-0 win against 3/4 seed Harry Bloomfield. In the Final Bryant was dominant thought out in both thought and movement, playing with maturity well beyond is tender age and won 11/3 11/3 11/2 in 17 minutes to take the title of English Under 11 Champion 2016.

A wonderful week of top quality squash came to a close as the British Open Masters Championship Finals were played out at Colets Health & Fitness Club.

Darren Lewis added the British Open Men’s Over 35 crown to his Nationals title with a tough 5/11 11/7 11/3 12/14 11/6 victory over Ireland’s Steve Richardson.

The showcase Over 40 final between Scott Handley (Oxfordshire) and Peter Marshall (Nottinghamshire) was shaping up nicely, Handley taking the first 11/7 and 6all in the second. Unfortunately Handley then pulled up and started to struggle, Marshall squaring things up 11/6. And that was it Handley forced to retire with a back injury – a real shame for both players and the packed Colets crowd.

The Men’s Over 45 title is on the way to Yarm as Andrew Cross (D&C) defeated Surrey’s Andy Normile 11/9 11/3 11/9. It was unfortunate that Normile wasn’t able to raise his game to the levels seen in the previous two rounds but Cross used his speed and agility well to keep him at bay and ran out a worthy winner.

There is no doubting Mark Woodliffe (Gloucestershire) continues to dominate his age group as he took another title with a convincing 9/2 9/0 9/1 victory over John Parkes (Worcestershire) in 27 minutes.

The two 3/4 seeds, Steve Wren (Canada) and Stephen McLaughlin (Hampshire) contested the Men’s Over 50 Final. The match was well contested but the Canadian just kept himself in front and claimed his first British title with a 11/9 11/5 12/10 win in 44 minute.

Middlesex’s Clive London continued where he had left off yesterday when he defeated top seed Mark Cowley (Middlesex) to claim the Over 60’s crown with an impressive performance to see off the second seed Peter Alexander of Suffolk 9/4 9/4 9/6.

Jim Dougal won the battle of Scotland as he eased to the Men’s Over 65 title with a 9/7 9/4 9/0 win over compatriot John Rae.

Anthony Clifford (Hertfordshire) didn’t make the same mistake as yesterday when he started slowly as he raced into a 1-0 led against top seed and hot favourite Rodney Boswell of Cheshire. But Boswell appeared to weather the storm and came back into it using his greater speed and movement and went 2-1 up. Clifford wasn’t beaten though and capitalised on some lose shots from Boswell to go 8-2 up in the next and within touching distance of taking it into a decider. However Boswell kept calm and clawed his way back and took it on his second match ball.

Michael Gough of America justified his No1 seeding with a comprehensive win over second seed Patrick Kirton of Surrey. After racing into a 1-0 lead Gough did have a hiccup in the second as Kirton fought back taking it 9-0. However Gough regrouped and started again and in the end took the title with the minimum of fuss.

John Woodliffe (Gloucestershire) and Lance Kinder (Hampshire) renewed their last lasting rivalry in the Over 80’s final. Woodliffe took the first but Kinder was playing well and there was a sense that he just needed to cut out the unforced errors. That he did and came back to take the match in 4 and with it become the first British Open Over 80 Champion.

Lauren Briggs of Essex showed the class which took her to 18 in the world with a fantastic display of squash as she took the Women’s Over 35 title, defeating Keeley Seamons (Kent) in straight games.

The Over 40 title went the way of the American Hope Prockop who followed up her win over top seed Shaynie Baillie (Surrey) in the semi’s by seeing off the No2 seed Rachel Calver of Leicestershire. Calver put up a good performance but Prockop proved too strong winning 9/5 10/8 9/7.

Prockop then moved courts to take on Andrea Santamaria of Yorkshire in the Over 45 Final. Prockop continued where she had left off in the 40’s and completed the double, winning it 9/6 9/7 9/5 in 32 minutes.

The Scottish tally went to 2 with a spirited fightback from Fiona McLean in the Women’s Over 50 final. Rachel Woolford looked on course taking a 2-0 lead but McLean hadn’t read the script and turned the tables, saving match ball in the 4th before completing the comeback 4/9 4/9 9/4 10/8 9/6 (49m).

The Women’s Over 55 Final was definitely a game of two halves! Lesley Sturgess (Derbyshire) flew out of the blocks and raced into a 2-0 lead over top seed Jill Campion of Middlesex. However it all changed at the start of the third as Campion managed to stem the tide and take control. From 2 down in the third she took control and never looked back eventually running out a 5/9 2/9 9/2 9/2 9/1 winner.

It was another 5 setter in the Women’s Over 60’s, Jan Ellis (Avon) started the stronger but Elke Rubsam (Hertfordshire) fought back and took a 2-1 lead. However this effort seemed to take its toll and Ellis regained the initiative and eased to victory.

Ann Manley claimed another title for Avon with victories over Bett Dryhurst (Worcestershire) and Norma Fulling (Essex) in the Women’s Over 70 round robin.

Barbara Sanderson of Essex and Ireland took the Over 75 crown with a polished 3-0 win over her county colleague Joan Witton.

Darren Lewis (Leicestershire) bt Steve Richardson (Ireland) 5/11 11/7 11/3 12/14 11/6 (62m)

Peter Marshall (Nottinghamshire) bt Scott Handley (Oxfordshire) 7/11 11/6 RTD

Andrew Cross (D&C)bt Andy Normile (Surrey) 11/9 11/3 11/9 (30m)

Steve Wren (Canada) bt Stephen McLaughlin (Hampshire) 11/9 11/5 12/10 (44m)

Mark Woodliffe (Gloucestershire) bt John Parkes (Worcestershire) 9/2 9/0 9/1 (27m)

Clive London (Kent) bt Peter Alexander (Suffolk) 9/4 9/4 9/6 (25m)

Jim Douglas (Scotland) bt John Rae (Scotland) 9/7 9/4 9/0 (18m)

Rodney Boswell (Cheshire) bt Anthony Clifford (Cheshire) 4/9 9/5 9/1 10/8 (30m)

Michael Gough (USA) bt Patrick Kirton (Surrey) 9/2 0/9 9/4 9/4 (39m)

Lance Kinder (Hampshire) bt John Woodliffe (Gloucestershire) 6/9 10/8 9/5 9/6 (51m)

Lauren Briggs (Middlesex) bt Keeley Seamons (Kent) 9/0 9/0 9/1 (23m)

Hope Prockop (USA) bt Rachel Calver (Leicestershire) 9/5 10/8 9/7 (32m)

Hope Prockop (USA) v Andrea Santamaria (Yorkshire) 9/6 9/7 9/5 (32m)

Fiona McLean (Scotland) bt Rachel Woolford (Warwickshire) 4/9 4/9 9/4 10/8 9/6 (49m)

Jill Campion (Middlesex) bt Lesley Sturgess (Derbyshire) 5/9 2/9 9/2 9/2 9/1 (34m)

Jan Ellis (Avon) bt Elke Rubsam (Hertfordshire) 9/53/9 2/9 9/0 9/3 (46m)

Ann Manley won the Round Robin

Barbara Sanderson (Ireland) bt Joan Witton (Essex) 9/1 9/1 9/2 (19m)

After a great day of squash at Hallamshire Squash Club in Sheffield it’s down to the Semi Finals at the England Under 11 Championships.

In the girls championship No1 seed and favourite Amelie Haworth of Hampshire looks to be in fine form and is yet to drop a game. She now faces Yorkshire’s Francesca Hall who has already knocked out the 3/4 seed Natalie Samir (Warwickshire). Second seed Natalie Main (Bedfordshire) fell at the quarter final stage to Charlie McCrone of Lancashire in an exciting and close 11/9 12/10 6/11 11/9 encounter. McCrone’s reward is a Semi Final against the 3/4 seed Meha Shah of Middlesex.

Top seed Abd-Allah Eissa (Warwickshire) is on course to reach the boys final after a good day and now comes up against unseeded Alex Banhidai of Essex. Banhidai reached the last four courtesy of a 11/7 6/11 11/7 6/11 11/7 thriller over Alexander Broadbridge (Hampshire) who had earlier seen off the 3/4 seed Joseph Royle (Yorkshire). Jonah Bryant (Sussex) showed real class as he defeated the second seed Yusef Sheikh of Essex and now comes up against Harry Bloomfield in the other Semi Final.

The Semi Finals kick off at 10.30am with the finals scheduled for 4.00pm – all spectators are welcomed free of charge.

Jun 4 2016 5:22PM

Finalists Decided at Colets

British Open Masters Semi Final Day

Top seed Darren Lewis of Leicestershire was made to work hard to reach hi expected Over 35 Final by Surrey’s Neil Frankland. Frankland edged the opener 13/11 before Lewis got on top and took a competitive encounter in 4. The other Semi Final went the way of Steve Richardson (Ireland) who defeated Surrey’s Jason Barry.

The Men’s Over 40 Final will be the showcase most were expecting and hoping for – Scott Handley (Oxfordshire) against Peter Marshall of Nottinghamshire. Handley made short work of Jamie Goodrich (Norfolk) in his semi running out a 11/6 11/2 11/6 victor. Marshall raced into an 8-0 lead in the first game against Ben Hutton of Sussex and it looked like he was going to be off court in next to no time. However Hutton found his feet and gained confidence as the game progressed and although he lost in 3 put up a worthy challenge.

Colets were guaranteed a British Open Masters finalist when members Alex Couch (Surrey) and Andy Normile (Surrey) did battle in the first Men’s Over 45 Semi Final. After dispatching the top seed yesterday it was first blood to Couch but Normile came out strong in the second and just managed to stay on top taking it 6/11 11/8 11/8 11/7. Normile will face the No2 seed in the Final after Andrew Cross (D&C) weathered the advances of Frank Ellis, again taking it in 4.

Over 50’s 3/4 seed Steve Wren of Canada put an end to Jonathan Foster’s (Hampshire) run. Foster couldn’t quite reach the heights of Friday when he defeated favourite Fredrik Johnson (Sweden) and Wren took it 11/6 11/9 5/11 11/8. In the final Wren will face 3/4 seed Stephen McLaughlin (Hampshire) who kept Eamonn Price of Hertfordshire at bay with an 11/5 11/8 11/6 win.

No1 seed and Over 55 hot favourite Mark Woodliffe (Gloucestershire) continued his march to the final with a professional display and win over the highly talented Bryan Beeson (Northumbria). Beeson didn’t make it easy and played his part in a great game of squash but Woodliffe was too fit and strong and ran out a 3-0 winner. The second Semi was shaping up to be a great contest with Neil Harrison (D&C) taking the first only for Worcestershire’s John Parkes to sneak the second. Unfortunately narrowly losing the second appeared to drain Harrison of energy and this proved pivotal, allowing Parkes to win the following 2 games easily and move onto the final and the daunting task of facing Woodliffe.

Kent’s Steve London sprung a surprise in the Men’s Over 60’s, taking out top seed Mark Cowley (Middlesex) in straight games. London was in great form and seemed able to prevent Cowley finding any rhythm to his game. It was a great performance and London ran out a well-deserved winner. London will now face the No2 seed Peter Alexander (Suffolk) who saw off the challenge of Simon Evenden (Northamptonshire) 9/4 9/3 1/9 9/4.

The Over 65 title is now destined for the other side of the boarder as Scot’s John Rae and Jim Dougal both progressed. Rae eased past compatriot Ian Ross while Dougal endured a titanic battle with No2 seed Ian Graham of Sussex. Dougal took the opener on tie break but lost the second easily. Back he came to retake the lead only to see Graham regain the initiative and force a decider. It looked like Graham had done enough at 8-5 up but somehow Dougal managed to find something extra and won 5 points without return to take it 10/8 2/9 9/5 4/9 10/8 in 51 minutes.

The first Men’s Over 70’s Semi Final saw favourite Rodney Boswell (Cheshire) who is in fantastic form line up against multiple World Champion Adrian Wright of Yorkshire. It was a match of high quality squash but Wright was conceding over 4 years to Boswell and this just told as Boswell took it in 3. In the other Semi it seemed like Martin Pearse (Norfolk), the Masters Committee Chairman was strolling towards the final and his ultimate dream of claiming the title, taking the first 2 games against Anthony Clifford (Hertfordshire) 9/1 9/1. However something seemed to finally click for Clifford and at the start of the third he started to drop and move Pearse around the court more. All of a sudden it was Clifford who was in charge and you could see the frustration start to build in Pearse. Clifford levelled things up and in the final game looked to be the only winner. To his credit Pearse fought back but in the end Clifford completed a remarkable comeback to finish it off and take the 1/9 1/9 9/7 9/5 9/7 win.

The Men’s Over 75 Final will see the top 2 seeds square up to each other after both came through their semis. Favourite Michael Gough of America broke Brian Rand’s (Surrey) resistance by sneaking the first 10/9 and then went on to take the following 2 games without conceding a point. The other Semi Final was a great battle between Patrick Kirton (Surrey) and Brian Phillips (Wales). Phillips started the stronger and took the lead but it was Kirton that finished the match the stronger to claim a 7/9 9/5 9/2 6/9 9/2 victory and with it a place in the final.

Top seed Edward Burlingame of the USA fell to John Woodliffe (Gloucestershire) ensuring that the possibility of a Woodliffe British Open double (John & Mark) remains alive. The other semi was a wonderful match between Lance Kinder of Hampshire and No2 seed Malcolm Gilham of Suffolk. There was some great returning and rallies and the movement around the court was a credit to both players. Kinder always seemed to be in control and took a 2-0 lead but this dominance was put under severe pressure by a bizzare case of the ‘yips’ with Kinder seemingly unable to keep his serves in court. Gilham fought back in the third but from 3-7 down Kinder decided 3 games were enough and finally took it 9/4 10/9 9/7 in 36 minutes.

The Women’s Over 35 Final will be between former World No18 Lauren Briggs and Keeley Seamons after both came through their round robin.

American Hope Prockop looks to be a class act after destroying No1 seed Shayne Baillie in the Women’s Over 40’s, dropping just 4 points. Prockup now faces a Final against No2 seed Rachel Calver (Leicestershire) who herself looked extremely impressive in her 9/0 9/2 9/4 victory over Louisa Dalwood of Hertfordshire.

American Hope Prockop looks to be a class act after destroying No1 seed Shayne Baillie in the Women’s Over 40’s, dropping just 4 points. Prockup now faces a Final against No2 seed Rachel Calver (Leicestershire) who herself looked extremely impressive in her 9/0 9/2 9/4 victory over Louisa Dalwood of Hertfordshire.

Hope Prockup (USA) reached her second final with another fine display, this time defeating Isabelle Tweedle of Surrey 9/5 9/3 9/6. No2 seed Andrea Santamaria (Yorkshire) justified her seeding with a solid win over Berkshire’s Sarah Parr 9/2 9/6 10/8.

Top seeds in the Women’s Over 50’s both had tough Semi’s with the No1 Rose Bamber (Avon) losing out to Warwickshire’s Rachel Woolford 9/4 10/8 95 whilst Fiona McLean of Scotland had to fight back after losing the first game to Isabel Smith (Hertfordshire). However McLean proved too strong and finally prevailed 8/10 9/5 9/1 9/5.

Lesley Sturgess (Derbyshire) put in a great performance to dump out No2 seed Karen Hume of Kent 9/2 10/8 9/5 in 28 minutes. Sturgess now faces top seed Jill Campion in tomorrow’s Over 55 final after Campion overcame the challenge of Lynne Davies (Wales) 9/3 9/2 9/5.

Elke Rubsam (Hertfordshire) and Jan Ellis (Avon) set up a decider in the Women’s Over 60 Round Robin, both defeating Yorkshire’s June Hill in 3 games.

Ann Manley (Avon) will claim the British Open Women’s Over 70 title if she can beat Norma Fulling of Essex on Sunday in the round robin draw.

Final Line Up
Darren Lewis (Leicestershire) v Steve Richardson (Ireland)

Scott Handley (Oxfordshire) v Peter Marshall (Nottinghamshire)

Andy Normile (Surrey) v Andrew Cross (D&C)

Steve Wren (Canada) v Stephen McLaughlin (Hampshire)

Mark Woodliffe (Gloucestershire) v John Parkes (Worcestershire)

Clive London (Kent) v Peter Alexander (Suffolk)

John Rae (Scotland) v Jim Douglas (Scotland)

Rodney Boswell (Cheshire) v Anthony Clifford (Cheshire)

Michael Gough (USA) v Brian Rand (Surrey)
Brian Phillips (Wales) v Patrick Kirton (Surrey)

John Woodliffe (Gloucestershire) v Lance Kinder (Hampshire)

Lauren Briggs (Middlesex) v Keeley Seamons (Kent)

Hope Prockop (USA) v Rachel Calver (Leicestershire)

Hope Prockop (USA) v Andrea Santamaria (Yorkshire)

Rachel Woodford (Warwickshire) v Fiona McLean (Scotland)

Jill Campion (Middlesex) v Lesley Sturges (Derbyshire)

Elke Rubsam (Hertfordshire) v Jan Ellis (Avon)

Round Robin: Ann Manley, Bett Dryhurst & Norma Fulling

Barbara Sanderson (Essex) v Joan Witton (Essex)

Whilst the best masters players are fighting it out for British Open glory down at Colets the next generation of players are taking to the courts of Hallamshire in Sheffield at the English Under 11 Championships.

70 of the best young squash talents in the country are to fight it out for the honour of becoming a National Champion. For many this is their first major event and hopefully hiding within the field will be the next Nick Matthew or Laura Massaro.

Favourites in the girl’s championship are the top four ranked players in the country. Amelie Howarth of Hampshire is top seed while Bedfordshire’s Natalie Main is No2 and the top 4 contenders are completed by Warwickshire’s Natalie Samir and Meha Shah who represents Middlesex.

The boy’s draw is headed by Abd-Allah Eissa (Warwickshire) and Yusef Sheikh (Essex) but they are going to face fierce competition from the likes of Harry Bloomfield (Gloucestershire) and Joseph Royle (Yorkshire).

A weekend of highly competitive squash as well as fun and no doubt tears is guaranteed – play started today at 9.00am and the finals are scheduled for 4.00pm on Sunday.

It was a day of great squash at Colets as the British Open Masters Quarter Finals were contested.

All the top Over 35 seeds made the last 4 without any major scares. Favourite Darren Lewis (Leicestershire) will face Neil Frankland (Surrey) after they saw off Marcus Hayes (Warwickshire) and Nick Hargreaves (Nottinghamshire) respectively. Jason Barry (Surrey) defeated Mick Briggs of Middlesex and for his troubles now faces a Semi Final against No2 seed Steve Richardson won the battle of the Irish, downing Nick Staunton 3-1.

Scott Handley (Oxfordshire) ensured host club Colets have a representative in Saturday’s Semi Finals after dispatching Joss Hargrave (Surrey) and the top seed now faces Jamie Goodrich (Norfolk) in the Semi Finals. Ex England international and world star Peter Marshall also continued his progress through the draw while Ben Hutton (Sussex) enjoyed a great 3 nil win over the Greek 3/4 seed Petros Tzamaloukas.

Alex Couch (Middlesex) and Andy Normile (Surrey) upset the seedings in the Men’s Over 45’s with strong performances against top seed Jonathan Gliddon (Devon) and John Musto (USA) respectively and now meet in the Semi Finals. No2 seed Andrew Cross (D&C) made it through but looked like he was on his way out at 2 down to Stuart Summers of Hampshire before slowly finding a way back into it and eventually sneaked it 7/11 6/11 12/10 13/11 11/9 in 51 mins. Cross’s opponent in the Semi’s is Frank Ellis who enjoyed a solid 3-0 win over Berkshire’s Steve Dodridge.

Shock of the day went to Hampshire’s Jonathan Foster who surprised everyone with his fantastic Over 50’s triumph over hot favourite Fredrik Johnson of Sweden. Foster took the first but had to battle fiercely to see out a 3-0 win finally taking it 11/6 15/13 12/10 in 42 minutes. Forster now faces Canadian Steve Wren who came through a 5 setter with Marc Aldridge (Surrey). Eamonn Price sprung the upset of the category with a tough 3-0 win over No2 seed Peter Gunter of Middlesex. The 5/8 seed now moves on to tackle 3/4 seed Stephen McLaughlin (Hampshire).

Men’s Over 55 top seed Mark Woodliffe (Gloucestershire) looks to be in fine form as he reached the Semi’s at a canter easing past Thomas Pollard of Wales in three and now meets Bryan Beeson (Northumbria) who defeated Grant Miller (Surrey). In the bottom half of the draw 5/8 seed Neil Harrison (D&C) put an end to Ian Bradburn’s run whilst John Parkes of Worcestershire took his chances well and put out the No2 seed and Colets member Dermot Hurford (Surrey).

Kent’s Clive London withstood a stern test from Rustom Bativala (Warwickshire) and was taken the full way before he was able to confirm his place in the Over 60 Semi-Final and a Saturday tie against favourite Mark Cowley of Middlesex. Stuart Hardy (Middlesex) became the second Colets member to fall as he was forced to retire injured in his match with Simon Evenden (Northamptonshire) whilst No2 seed Peter Alexander joined him in Semi Finals, defeating Middlesex’s Paul Harris 3-0.

The Over 65 draw is looking decidedly blue, with 3 Scottish victories from the 4 quarters. Ian Ross put out the top seed, Peter Smith (Buckinghamshire) after a tough 5 setter whilst John Rae and Jim Douglas made lighter work of it and dispatched Howard Cherlin (Middlesex) and Larry Grover (Hampshire) respectively. Second seed Ian Graham of Sussex kept the English flag flying with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Cheshire’s Mick Broomhall.

Rodney Boswell (Cheshire) and Adrian Wright (Yorkshire) both won well in the Over 70’s to set up a mouth-watering Semi Final against each other. In the bottom half of the draw Anthony Clifford (Hertfordshire) fought back after losing the first game to William Wilson (Cheshire) to claim a 3-1 victory while Martin Pearse’s (Norfolk) British Open dream goes on after beating American Norbert Kornyei in a closely contested 9/4 9/10 10/8 10/9 match lasting 54 minutes.

Lance Kinder (Hampshire) got the inaugural Over 80’s draw off with a professional 3-o win over John Black of Gloucestershire.

The Women’s Over 40’s Quarter Finals all went to seed but favourite Shayne Baillie (Surrey) had to come back after getting off to a snails start, losing the opener 1/9 before running out a 3-1 winner. American Hope Prockop and Rachel Calver of Leicestershire both had straight game victories while Louisa Dalwood (Hertfordshire) completed the Semi Final line up with a tough 4/9 9/5 9/6 9/6 win over Sam Mueller (Buckinghamshire) in a match lasting a full hour.

In the Over 45’s it all went to seed except for Sarah Parr (Berkshire) who showed little compassion for 3/4 seed Isabelle Tyrell (Nottinghamshire) as she barged her way into the Semi Finals with a comprehensive 9/3 9/1 9/1 win in 20 minutes.

Women’s Over 50 favourite Rose Bamber (Avon) looked good for her seeding as she raced into the final 4 where she will face 3/4 seed Rachel Woolford of Warwickshire. 3/4 seed Isabelle Smith (Hertfordshire) let a 2-0 lead slip against Sheila Blake (Hertfordshire) before recovering to keep her title hopes alive with a 10/8 9/3 1/9 8/10 9/7 win. Her reward is a Semi Final against Scotland’s second seed Fiona McLean.

All the top seeds are through in the Over 55’s but it was only the No1 seed Jill Campion (Middlesex) who made it without dropping a game. Tamsin Bennett (Surrey) fell to Lynne Davies of Wales whilst Lesley Sturgess (Derbyshire) and Karen Hume (Kent) defeated Susan Pynegar (Nottinghamshire) and Scot Eunice Bond.

We are delighted to announce that Professor Joy Carter has been appointed the new Chair of England Squash. Professor Carter, who was voted into the position by England Squash’s Council at their bi-annual meeting in Birmingham, takes up the position with immediate effect.

A passionate advocate of sport, Professor Carter has played and enjoyed squash and is a regular attendee at national and international tournaments. In addition, she supports her four children, all of whom play and compete in England Squash sanctioned events.

Commenting on her appointment, Professor Carter said, “I am delighted and honoured to be appointed as Chair of England Squash. I am thrilled to have the confidence of the Council to lead both the organisation and sport forward over the forthcoming period. It is a really exciting time for squash, as we continue to grow the number of people playing and as we host the World Championships in 2017. I look forward to playing my part in championing a sport which is so integral to so many people’s lives.”

Chief Executive of England Squash, Keir Worth commented, “I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead the organisation under Joy’s stewardship. Her vast experience in leading organisations, and organisational change and development gives our sport the very best chance to thrive as we move into a new era for sport in this country, following the launch of Sport England’s new strategy.”

Professionally, Professor Carter is the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Winchester where she has been in post since 2006. She is an academic with research based in geochemistry and health, and is a former President of the international society in her field. Additionally, Professor Carter is the current Chair of GuildHE, one of two representative groups in the higher education sector. She is a previous Chair of the Cathedrals Group of Universities, and for many years served on the Universities UK Board.

As an ambassador for skills and vocational learning, Professor Carter previously chaired the University Vocational Awards Council (UVAC), acted as the Higher Apprenticeship Champion for the sector. Professor Carter also chairs the Supporting Professionalism in Admissions Steering Group (SPA), and is a Board member of the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) and the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA).

Professor Carter is very engaged with the Church with values-led education at all levels, and acted as the Chair of the Steering Group for the Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership.

In 2013, Professor Carter was invited to become a representative of the Lord Lieutenant and is now a Deputy Lieutenant for the county of Hampshire.

She takes her post as Chair of England Squash with immediate effect and will serve for an initial period of three years.

Day 2 of the British Open Masters Championships got under way with many of the top seeds beginning their quest for the much coveted titles on offer.

Men’s Over 35 top seed Darren Lewis stayed on course for Sunday’s final but had to overcome a spirited performance from Surrey’s Steffan Morgan 11/8 4/11 11/2 14/12. Mick Briggs bagged an unexpected Quarter Final spot with a great 3-0 win in his match with 5/8 seed Peter Knowles of Warwickshire. Nick Hargrave (Nottinghamshire) was made to work hard for his 3-2 over Tim Burrell (Berkshire) as was fellow 5/8 seed Nick Staunton (Ireland) who let a 2-0 lead slip before finally defeating Steve Davies of Bedfordshire 3-2.

The star names and top seeds in the Men’s Over 40’s, Peter Marshall (Nottinghamshire) & Scott Handley (Oxfordshire) both progressed to the Quarter Finals with competitive 3-0 wins over David Gouldby (Norfolk) & Paul Reilly respectively. Marshall will face Adam Waddington who continued his great run. After defeating 9/16 seed Jago Nardelli (Middlesex) in R1 he followed it up with a great victory over 5/8 seed Paul Boyle of Buckinghamshire in a tough 14/`12 12/14 11/6 12/10 match lasting 50 minutes. Waddington’s run was matched by fellow non seed Christian Donelan (Kent) who also took out a second seed in the guise of Hayden Roger-Lund.

The Men’s Over 45 R2 all went to seed with 3-0 victories. Simon Spencer (Nottinghamshire) gate crashed the Over 50 Quarter Finals after dispensing with 5/8 seed Darren Withey of Buckinghamshire. The other top seeds all won through but both Eamonn Price (Hertfordshire)and Jonathon Foster (Hampshire) had to do it the hard way with 3-2 wins over Jonas Ulvsback (Sweden) and Raymond Burke (Yorkshire) respectively.

One of the matches of the day occurred in the Men’s Over 55 with 5/8 seed Ian Bradburn (Lancashire) battling it out with Colet’s own 3/4 seed Alan Thomson (Surrey). Bradburn looked in complete control as he took a 2-0 lead over the higher seed. However Thomson found some rhythm and fought back into it and forced a decider. He appeared to have broke Bradburn and quickly took a 5-1 lead but Bradburn was having none of it and even after finding himself 7-3 down clawed his way back to 8all. From there it was Bradburn who had the initiative and he reached the line by taking the last 3 points without return to set up a Quarter Final against Neil Harrison of Durham & Cleveland.

Northamptonshire’s Ian Holmes was a casualty in the Men’s Over 60’s, falling to Paul Elkins of Surrey with an impressive 9/5 9/5 10/9 victory. Another 5/8 seed, Simon Evenden kept the Northamptonshire flag flying but only just – defeating local Dave Clarke in a tough 5 setter 6/9 9/6 9/4 9/10 9/3 in 44 minutes.

The top 8 seeds in the Men’s Over 65s all reached the Quarter Finals as expected. However only 3 of them did it without dropping games. 5/8 seed Mick Broomhall of Cheshire twice fell behind to Middlesex’s Bryan Francis and had to dig deep to reach the last 8, finally seeing off Francis 6/9 9/4 6/9 10/8 9/7 in 45 minutes.

Defending Over 70 Champion and second seed Mike Clemson (Yorkshire) struggled in his opener, possibly still suffering after his recent cataract operation. Unseeded William Wilson from roses rivals Lancashire proved too strong on the day and ended Clemson’s reign 3-0 in 23 minutes.

A couple of the women’s categories kicked off with the one surprise seeing Jackie Gregory (Essex)
defeat 5/8 seed Bev Vatcher (Dorset) in the Over 50’s.

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