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Stage 2 2017 Somerset v Wilts and WE LOT! By Kev Hugh
Cornwall’s o50 team traveled to Taunton to take on Wiltshire and Somerset. Earlier in the day Somerset beat Wiltshire 4-1. Cornwall were slightly stronger with the addition of Tim Smith and Neil Counter so hopes were high. Jon Wills and Dave Mathews got the ball rolling against Wiltshire with fine 3-0 wins for Cornwall at No.3 and No.5. Dave beat the Welsh Champion at O65 level, Clive Morgan. Kev Hugh suffered a setback losing 3-2 at No.4 but Tim Smith secured the team win with a comfortable 3-0 win at No 1 and Neil completed the rout winning 3-0 at No 2.
Next up were Somerset and looking at the two counties results v Wilts it looked like it was going to be a tight match. Jon Wills made short work of the Somerset No. 3 to put Cornwall in the driving seat. Meanwhile Dave was on the next court and although he went 1-0 up he soon found himself trailing 2-1 to their No. 5. Tim Smith in the meantime came up against a fresh and determined Somerset No. 1 losing, perhaps surprisingly, 3-0. With Dave looking down and out at 2-1 and 15/14 ( matchpoint) down all looked lost especially when Dave went to shake hands believing he’d lost 16/14. After persuading him (gently, as you do with the elderly) it was still only 15/14 he played on and took that game 19/17 to a huge roar from his team mates, although that was nothing to the roar he got when he took the fifth 11/5. Lifted by Dave’s amazing win Neil and Kev both went on to win their matches 3-1 and 3-0 respectively to make sure Cornwall came top.
Cornwall ended up with 36 Points, Somerset 23 Points and Wiltshire 7 Points.
Many Thanks to all the team, Captain Kev.
Stage 1 2016-17 Wilts V Avon V Cornwall Oct 8th by Captain Kev Hugh
Cornwall’s Over 50 team traveled to Wiltshire slightly stronger this year with ‘youngster’ and County No 9 Neil Counter (Truro) making his Over 50 debut.
Wiltshire played Avon first and it soon became apparent that Avon were the inform team, beating Wiltshire 5-0. After a short break it was Cornwall’s turn to take on Avon. Truro pair Jon Wills and Russ Jameson (3 and 5 respectively) were first up. Jon pushed a strong N° 3, the well-known and quite infamous Rob Watkins, all the way before losing 3-2 and Russ, in his umpteenth year in the Peter Pans, had close rallies but eventually lost 3-1. Kev Hugh (4) and Neil (1) were up next. Kev eventually lost 3-1 and Neil didn’t get much change out of his opponent losing comprehensively 3-0. In-form Mike Morgan (2) from Newquay failed to impress and completed Avon’s rout by losing 3-1.
Judging by the scores against Avon, it looked like it was going to be close between old enemies on court, Cornwall and Wiltshire, and so it proved. Russ up first lost 3-0 to a strong Wiltshire N° 5 (veteran Clive Morgan, Welsh vets international no less), while volley specialist Jon got the better of the Wiltshire captain winning 3-1. Kev Hugh at 4 couldn’t get the better of the Wiltshire N°4 losing 3-1. Neil recorded his first Over 50 victory easily beating Wiltshire’s N° 1. Mike Morgan clinched it for Cornwall winning 3-1 at N° 2.
FINAL POINTS SCORE: Avon finished on 40 points, Cornwall were second on 20 points and Wiltshire were last on 14 points.
Stage 1 2015-16 V Wilts V Essex V Somerset by Captain Kev Hugh
Cornwall’s intrepid over 50 team travelled to Swindon to take on Essex, Somerset and Wiltshire. Cornwall’s team being Rob Page, Mike Morgan, Jon Wills, Kev Hugh and Carl Megson. First up were a strong Essex team. Rob and Mike and Carl all succumbed 3-0, Jon made a spirited attempt but lost 3-1. Captain Kev restored some Cornish pride winning 3-2 (Tony’s comment: ‘A Catain’s Innings!’)
Next up were Wiltshire. After Captain Kev’s team talk/hairdryer the team performed excellently with Rob, Mike, Jon and Carl all winning 3-1, only for Kev to lose 3-0 and quickly slink off to the changing rooms …..to the hairdryer!
Sunday morning saw the team thoroughly refreshed after an early night (Tony’s comment: ‘Well done lads!’) and willing to take on a strong Somerset team. Rob and Mike found the weekends exertions a little too much, both going down 3-0; Carl was unlucky to lose 3-1 and Jon and Kev both performed well with Jon winning 3-0 and Kev (the Hairdryer Captain) winning 3-2.
Somerset ended up winning with 52 points with Essex second on 42. Cornwall were a creditable third on 28 points and hosts Wiltshire slumped to just 16.
Archive………THE NEW BEGINNING FOR THE OLDIES
Season 2013-14 Stage 1 Somerset V Cornwall V Oxfordshire
by Tony Bowyer
Fresh legs, the sweet smell of youthful vigour from ‘just-turned-50’ (or was that heat rub?), thinning crowns but lots of experienced talk and brave claims of taking the world and his dog on, the resurrected Cornwall Peter Pans set off up the A30 to do battle with Oxfordshire and Somerset at Taunton Squash Club one damp but normal Saturday in November without a whiff of Christmas in the air (ok, I’m trying to remember what happened, when and where and it’s not easy at my age! I mean it was early November!). First on (unusually) Cornwall raced into a 2-0 lead against the hosts with resounding wins for Russ Jameson (PZ) and Nige Watson (Torpoint). Unassailable you would think, but neither Tony Bowyer (yours truly), Mike Morgy Morgan or Kev ‘Capt’ Hugh could muster a win to send the Cornish packing for once against a county we normally hold our own against. Bowyer (yes, me) was the most disappointing having looked stiff and ungainly on court and losing 3-1 to a player he has beaten easily twice – was age a factor or is that a silly question at Over 50s level??? Mind you, he did go on court 15 minutes after the car journey so maybe he has excuses as old squash players often do! For Mike and Kev it was a bit too tough at the top so the less said the better….Then on came a rather ‘accountant’ looking Oxford team and surprisingly again Bowyer lost at 3 but this time narrowly 3-2 and looking dominant and serving he still managed to let the last few points of the 5th slip agonisingly away from him! Russ managed another impressive win as did Nige in spite of a lack of practice matches now that Torpoint is no longer a squash venue in Cornwall (sadly). Then a similar story unfolded….with Mike and Kev coming 2nd against, I have to say, very classy and well-seasoned opponents who nicked shots at will and preferred not to rally because they didn’t have to!!! Ah well, there would always be Stage 2!!! Bring it on…and we needed a night out which Taunton could not provide because we all went home early to bed with our pipes and slippers as old men do!
Stage 2 A ‘They Don’t Like it Up ‘Em!’ weekend in Warwickshire
Cornwall V Warwickshire V Cambridgeshire at Sutton Coldfield Squash Club
Ha! Ha! Early to rise late to bed, and so it was. Heading north along the great motorway arteries of this fair isle on a cool January morning, spirits high and squash bags primed for guaranteed wins, the same team again came up against some very sleek and mean opposition. Against Cambridgeshire first who had beaten Warwickshire 4-1 previously, the visitors quickly went down 2-0 at 3 and 5 with both Bowyer and Watson losing their matches respectively. Bowyer found himself embattled again against a cocky Scottish exile and just didn’t have the legs to finish him off eventually losing (again) 3-2; Watson meanwhile faired little better and also lost 3-1. Russ quickly restored hope with a smart and athletically impressive win at times with overhead shots a man half his age would be proud of – Russ was, after all, a very accomplished volleyball player! Mike Morgy Morgan, newly crowned county over 50 champion, again came up against classy opposition and went down 3-1 after putting up a spirited fight in the middle of the match. Kev Hugh lost at 2 but showed signs of getting back to the form he once had at over 45 level….Then, and this is never fair, Warks produced almost a different and definitely stronger 5 for the evening match against Cornwall. Bowyer hardly got going and unbeaten Russ got rather brushed aside by his opponent. Mike rallied a lot against his oppo but it didn’t go his way so to save our blushes it was down to the skipper, last on. Captain Kev looked very impressive on court floating lobs at will against a good home player and immediately taking a 2-0 lead and our hands up on the balcony started to rub confidently. Then came the turnaround as his opponent ‘lengthed’ his way accurately into contention. The fifth was quite a battle but Cornwall couldn’t quite manage it…..so all the talk in the bar was about NEXT YEAR!! The wooden spoon leaves a bitter taste in the mouth. Anyone out there turning fifty with good squash credentials please apply….
Tony ‘Loser’ Bowyer
Sadly, writes Tony Bowyer, the team has collapsed this year with injuries and retirements, so it is without doubt prudent to withdraw from the Over 50s. I am willing to step down if someone else wants to take over and am hoping we can enter again next year. Please can you let me know if you are keen for a run in the champs with a few weekends away again. The draw did come through – away in BUCKINGHAMSHIRE! Sorry everyone.
2011-12 7th in England
Tony Bowyer (Truro) on a season where six points made all the difference…….
Stage 2 – avoiding Premiership relegation ‘UP NORTH’ in WIGAN, Lancs! 21st/22nd JANUARY 2012 V Lancs V Durham & Cleveland (Warks withdrawn) Venue: Wigan Sports Club
Well, sorry to announce our demise from the top flight of England’s Over 50 Veterans Squash but it just came to be at Wigan Cricket Club on this mild but dreary January weekend. It was eventful on court as well as off it! We also have to protest – ever so slightly at our age – at the way the weekend was arranged in that Lancs (hosts) and Durham played their match against each other on the Friday night allowing plenty of time for recovery to ancient limbs before taking on the Cornish Vets after their arduous journey up the long motorway system of this green and pleasant land! This journey, for Pete, Glenn and I, started at 4pm on the Friday evening with a planned stopover in Droitwich Spa, so by the time we got on court at 1pm Saturday we were, not surprisingly, somewhat fatigued without even a ball being hit! But, in the time honoured spirit of Cornish squashmen ‘abroad’ we did merry battle and almost caused a great upset by beating the Geordies (favourites) who the evening before had thumped the hosts 5-0! Dave Scothern was in fine form again winning comprehensively 3-1, Glenn Mesney (with injury!) narrowly lost 3-2 but further aggravated the neck and shoulder, Pete Eddy had match ball at 8-1 for a 3-1 win but eventually lost to his canny northerner while yours truly lost 3-2 (but was winning 2-1 and comfortable before running out of steam!) – leaving Sean Rosevear, unluckily, retired early with a calf injury after his morning’s journey across the Pennines. A few hours later along came the grinning Lancastrians knowing full well that the embattled Cornish had all played long, energy sapping matches with only a modest number of points to show for it! Sean out, Glenn retired and only three of us left, it was backs to the wall and a hopeless task – Dave lost 3-2 after squandering a commanding 2-0 lead (he was the best performer of the weekend!), Peter lost 3-0 to the England Over 50s Closed champion but played very well and yours truly managed to win only one game against a fit pair of fresh legs from Preston – he was also a true marksman of the nick! Despite the 5-0 defeat (a little miffed we were) the ‘apres’ squash was great, as always the long faces turning to philosophical smiles a few pints later, and the northern social life and ales were much appreciated – by heck it’s cheap up tha’! Six pints made all the difference………sorry for the quip! We even managed a cultural (!) visit on the Sunday morning to Wigan Pier, just the swans, ducks and us! Then we headed back down the M6 – M5 – A30 with Glenn not feeling so well…but that’s another story! We would all like to thanks Terry and the CRSA for supporting our matches this season. Next year, should a fit 5 or 6 of us be keen again, we will be back to Division One with more southern venues expected – every cloud has a silver lining! Thanks for reading this! Tony at Truro HQ………..
Squad: Pete Eddy, Shaun Rosevear, Dave Scothern, Glenn Mesney, Tony Bowyer, Russ Jameson, Mike Hands, Dave Matthew & Dave Smith.
Stage 1: October 15/16th – at Home V Warks V Wilts V Avon at Truro HQ
Unfortunately, the omens were not good with class-act number 1 Pete ‘Ready’ Eddy sustaining two injuries in the early season weakening the side and our overall chances of qualification to the National Finals. Warwickshire failed to show claiming only to have two players available (from the whole of Birmingham???) so it left to the three remaining counties to slug it out. Avon, fielding 3 internationals and an ex-pro, showed their pedigree in the first match giving Wilts a drubbing 19-3 overall which meant that Cornwall would go head-to-head against the losers in the decider for promotion. Glenny Mesney outclassed Clive Morgan, Welsh international, but needed to hold his nerve throughout to achieve the 3-1 scoreline. Dave Matthew beat Oliphant 3-1 but the remaining three rubbers all went in favour of the visitors. Captain Tony Bowyer disappoited with far too many unforced errors at crucial times to go down 3-1; Shaun Rosevear almost overcame the endless athleticism of his opponent, the evergreen Gary Preston, levelling the score to 2-2 but twinged an old injury to restrict his movement in the 5th; lastly, Dave Scothern making his O50 debut came across an inform Mike Stannard who, true to predictions, ran and ran to earn his 3-2 victory not without Dave battling back to 2-2 before his legs let him down. Against a rested Avon side insisting on playing all games on the Saturday the outcome was predictable as all the Cornish players had put every effort into beating Wilts. Avon won 5-0 in rubbers gaining a maximum 20 pionts to Cornwall’s two.
If only Pete had been fit!!!
In all a disappointed O50 side but there’s always Stage 2 in January and so the adventure continues!!
Avon 59, Wilts 39 & Cornwall 33 (Warks 0!)
Match reporter: Tony Bowyer