IT WAS TOUGH IN WALES! by Matt Harford, Captain O35s 2017-18 30.9/1.10 2017
SE Wales v Cornwall v Middlesex v Cheshire v Lancs (withdrawn) DIV 2 Stage 1
Cornwall traveled to Newport Squash Racquets Club with a strong side on paper to take on the might of stronger counties like Middlesex, Cheshire and SE Wales in an attempt to return to Division 1 of the Masters O35 Inter County tournament.
Starting promisingly against previous National Champions Middlesex, Truro’s stalwart Neil Counter narrowly missed out on victory by 3 games to 2. Mark Howarth (NQY) and Max Millar (ex-pat) fought hard but both ended up losing a tight 4th game to go down by 3 games to 1. Captain Matt Harford (also NQY) got Cornwall’s solitary victory for the weekend with a battling 3-2 result over the Middlesex No2, whilst Launceston’s O35 County Champion Phil Thomas’s return from injury proved a little too soon, struggling to get into a rhythm due to a long term hand injury during a 3-0 loss which consigned Cornwall to a 19 pts to 7 defeat.
‘Game on’ Matt Waterton (NQY) came in to freshen up the team against Cheshire and the hosts SW Wales and although performing well in a 3-2 defeat to SE Wales he was unable to help turn Cornwall’s fortunes with the team losing to both Cheshire and SE Wales by 20 pts to 3 and 20 pts to 2 respectively.
Cornwall had it tough especially considering the playing strength of the opponents who before ES’s revamp of the Inter-County Competition would have been strong Premier or Div 1 teams. As minnows we certainly put up a good fight and enjoyed the weekend nonetheless. See final table below….
Individual scores available on LM http://mastersicc.leaguemaster.co.uk/
CORNWALL TRIUMPH AGAINST ALL THE ODDS! by Tim Smith
Wilts v Avon v Cornwall STAGE II 2016-17 January 14th 2017
Little more than a week into the new year and the Cornwall 035 team was on the road to Marlborough College for the second stage of this season’s inter-county champs against Wiltshire and Avon. Our team was very strong and comprised Phil Thomas and Max Millar who also represent the full County 1st team, debutant Will Tyas and the very experienced Neil Counter and Tim Smith. We were the second match of the day following a narrow win for Wilts over Avon in the first, and came up against a very motivated Avon squad in a matchup which went all the way to the last tie with Avon just nipping us 3 wins to 2. Phil and Max won their ties for Cornwall while the other 3 all felt there was more in the tank for the second match in the early evening.
Going into that second match against Wilts we were aware that a decent win would be sufficient to top the group and gain promotion for next season. Neil and Tim went on court first with Neil winning his tie comfortably and Tim edging his 3/2 in a very exciting and drawn out tie. Will then took on a very strong opponent and just lost out 3/1 leaving Max and Phil in “mustwin” positions in order the secure the overall victory. And this they did… Max coming back from 1/2 down to take it 3/2 and the classy Phil coming through 3/1 in a hugely tight and fast paced match-up to seal it for us!
Final results Wiltshire 24 pts, Avon 24pts, Cornwall 25pts. YAHOO!
2016-17 Cornwall V Devon V Avon Stage 1
Unfortunately a report was not sent through so we have posted the results directly from the new England Squash website. Avon came with just 3 players. Overall result: Devon 40, Cornwall 22, Avon 2.
For more info visit: www.englandsquash.com and look for Masters.
Group B: Results Mens Over 35s Stage 1 @ Truro S&RC Sat 15th Oct
|1||Philip Thomas||Mike Gregory||1||3||11/9 5/11 6/11 3/11|
|2||Matt Harford||John Gliddon||0||3||0/11 9/11 2/11|
|3||Mark Howarth||Ashleigh Knight||0||3||9/11 6/11 5/11|
|4||Martin Thompson||Jonathan Gallagher||0||3||5/11 4/11 8/11|
|5||Matt Waterton||Paul Gregory||1||3||6/11 9/11 11/8 12/14|
|1||Philip Thomas||Jon Foulds||3||1||6/11 11/4 11/5 11/8|
|2||Matt Harford||Tim Jones||3||0||11/3 11/8 11/5|
|3||Mark Howarth||Connall Platts||3||0||11/7 11/1 11/4|
2015-16 Stage 2 at Thame V Oxon V Bucks V Glos Report by Tim Smith
For the 2nd half of the season our O35 County team travelled to Thame in order to compete against Kent, Gloucester an Buckinghamshire for the right to stay in division one. Cornwall travelled up with 6 players for the event, Phil Thomas, Matt Harford, Mark Howarth, Neil Counter, Tim Smith and Matt Waterton. However, after the 5 hour road trip we were promptly outclassed by a very strong Kent side, picked up an ankle injury with Phil Thomas and a virus infection with Matt Waterton which drastically depleted our resources. The second match against Glos did not go too well either with only Matt Harford picking up a win, leaving us in the position of having to beat the host County, Bucks, on Sunday morning to stay in the division. The team really put in a huge effort to achieve this and Matt Harford, Neil and Tim all had titanic 5 set marathons as we pushed for survival only for all 3 to lose out by tiny margins. Mark Howarth picked up a good result, but as the rest of us could not convert we were unfortunately relegated to division two for the next season.
2015 Stage 1 Away at Cheltenham V Glos V Wilts V Avon Report by Tim Smith
The Cornwall 035 County Team travelled to Cheltenham this October to compete in Division one of the County Championships against Gloucester, Wiltshire and Avon. The team comprised Max Millar, Matt Harford, Neil Counter, Martin Thompson , Matt Waterton and Mark Howarth who made his debut.
The first match was against the home County Gloucester and straight after a 4 hour drive up the M5! Nevertheless the team played exceptionally well with 3 wins for Cornwall out of 5 strings and therefore a close fought victory. In the evening Cornwall faced Wiltshire and this time just lost out 2/3 to the strongest team in the group. At the end of Saturday Cornwall were still in second place with everything to play for on the Sunday as the top 2 teams would make the promotion group for the second half of the season. Sunday morning saw some tired limbs and heavy heads for the match against Avon. The fixture was also closely contended with everything finely balanced at 2 all with one to play. But in thefinal event the boys couldn’t quite muster the crucial win and unfortunately the relegation group it will have to be in the new year!! WATCH THIS SPACE!
Captain: Elliott Moore (Truro) 07770 473023
Cornwall Vets – Away – Bedford 2012