Devon V Cornwall V S Wales @ Torquay Squash Club Oct 28th/29th 2017
Match Report by Tony Bowyer
Making their debuts in this season’s England Inter-County Masters’ Over 60s Competition, a trio of Truro SRC members and county stalwarts caused a serious upset by beating both Devon and S Wales at Torquay SC. Russ and Dave both won convincingly against Devon in the opening fixture but Tony went down narrowly 3-2 in a tetchy match lasting un-masters-like 1hr and 5 mins! The winning score line of 2-1 against our much stronger neighbours and traditional old foes brought big smiles to the Cornish team self-dubbed ‘The Three Russketeers’. An experienced S Wales side of internationals (a combined 100+ caps at masters’ level) looked favourites to take the spoils after beating the hosts more convincingly with the same 2-1 result, but The Russketeers had other ideas. Russ went down to a tricky left-hander but the match became finely poised when Tony surprised many as he battled his way back to a 3-1 win putting the historic win within touching reach. In a dazzling display of short rallies and unreturnable drops, the classy Cornwall No 1 made light work of dispatching his Welsh opponent who looked nothing but bemused throughout. The happy hour at the bar was that much happier after that and a good night of celebrations followed also in the company of the Over 50s who were playing in Newton Abbott on the same weekend. Stage 2? Bring it on……..