Senior Mens’ Team

ES Inter-County 2017-18      Manager Neil Counter   Captain Rory Brickell

Somerset v SE Wales v Cornwall v Hampshire 2 (withdrawn)         4th & 5th November 2017    Stage 1

Senior Mens' 2017

Report and photos          click for full results

Seniors Div 2 Stage 1 at Wyvern SC in Taunton – so a tough time expected. Hampshire 2 pulled out so our gallant senior side could give it their all v Somerset and v SE Wales (usually internationals!). The eventual scoreline against both was 4-1 L with Ben Macdonald at 4 being our standout player winning 3-2 against Somerset and narrowly losing 3-1 v the Welsh. Ben is certainly improving at a good rate in the Bristol leagues (away at Uni) and looks potentially like a future county No1 if he keeps it up. Jared (also UWE – 1st yr) looked a bit rusty (that ‘fresher’ factor?) and got the run around by Luke Bishop (previously world ranked) playing at 1 for the cider boys. Captain Rory remarked that it was good to see Jared at full stretch around all 4 corners of the squash court and looking outrun for once! Rory himself lost narrowly to his Somerset oppo 3-2 and showed signs of more form following some injuries. Against SE Wales it was even tougher as their 1 and 2 were professionals!!! At 1 Welshman Elliot Morris-Devred trounced Somerset’s Luke 3-1 so no joy for Jared there! Enough said! Phil Thomas (Cornwall) did well coming back from injury to take a game off the other Welsh pro Liam Eason. Martin Thompson (Falmouth) won at 5 against SE Wales recording our only other win for the weekend. Rory went down 3-0 in the other Cornwall v Wales battle. In all Cornwall were always up against it but the Committee are delighted that were were able to fulfill the fixture with almost our strongest side bar possibly Dale unlike last year’s dismal fiasco in Stage 2. Certainly, future support for our teams will always require an effort like this so well done to the five – a ‘Famous Five’ in Stage 2 we hope!Non-playing manager Neil did well to instill some pride back into the side which after all is the cream of Cornish squash…..

Co-written by Rory & Tony B

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