U19 Boys

Season 2021-22

Manager: Alan          Squad: Louis, Jack, Owen, Fin & Ben

Stage 1 SW GROUP, played at Cheltenham College 14/11/21

Qualified for National Finals, Nottingham Uni 15/16 Jan 2022

County U19 21-22

County U19 21-22

Cornwall U19s Inter County Finals at Nottingham
Team Photo, left to right: Owen London, Ben Thorpe, Louis Murray
Nottingham University and Nottingham Squash Club (The Park) staged the finals of the Inter County U19s tournament. Cornwall were seeded 8th and faced the favourites (and eventual winners) Yorkshire in the 1st round. But Cornwall gave it a real go. Up first was 3rd string, Ben Thorpe. With Fin Irish unable to play, Ben stepped up and played valiantly against Gabriel Cox. Although Ben lost, he played some of his best and most consistent squash. Louis Murray (1st string) had a tough match against one of the best juniors in the world, Sam Todd WR 73. But Louis stuck to his task and made sure he pushed Sam where he could. Owen London played highly ranked Josh Payne in the 2nd string match. Owen played magnificently and had game balls to take it into a 5th game. Great performance from Cornwall.

Yorkshire V Cornwall
Results 3/0 3/1 3/0 (9 – 1)
1-1 Sam Todd 1-1 Louis Murray 11/5 11/7 11/6
1-3 Josh Payne 1-2 Owen London 12/10 11/6 8/11 14/12
1-4 Gabriel Cox 1-3 Benjamin Thorpe 11/5 11/5 11/1
Next up was Hampshire (who Cornwall lost narrowly to in the previous round). Ben continued his great start with a fully committed 3-2 win against Harry Thomas. Harry had beaten Fin in the previous round, but this time Ben had too much for the Hampshire 3rd string. In the 1st string match, Louis played a stronger Joe Pannell. Louis was on top for much of the match, with Joe taking the 2nd game and pushing in the 3rd. But Louis was too strong. In the previous round, Owen had lost 2-1 to Tom Johnson. This time Owen played with great conviction and skill and won 3-0. So, a clean sweep against Hampshire in the 2nd.
Results in Games: 3/1 3/0 3/2 (9 – 3 to Cornwall).
1-1 Louis Murray 1-1 Joe Pannell 11/4 10/12 11/8 11/2
1-2 Owen London 1-2 Tom Johnson 11/8 11/8 11/7
1-3 Benjamin Thorpe 1-3 Harry Thomas 12/10 11/8 5/11 2/11 11/5
The last match was 5th/6th play-off against one of the pre-tournament favourites, North Wales. In the previous round, the Welshmen had pushed Yorkshire all the way. At 3rd string, Ben started shakily, but soon got into his stride and won 3-1. Louis played 1st string and Welsh No. 1, Rhys Evans. This was a magnificent match with amazingly accurate squash from both players. Louis had game balls to go 2-0 up and was 2-1 up, but, although he gave everything, lost it in 5. So, Owen needed to win his match for Cornwall to win the tie. He won the 1st game with some great squash. But after that point, Josh Davies proved a bit too strong and North Wales took the tie narrowly.
What a great tournament for Cornwall. Superb team spirit, some fantastic squash and 6th placed county in England.
Results v N Wales
1-1 Louis Murray 1-1 Rhys Evans 11/7 9/11 11/5 8/11 3/11
1-2 Owen London 1-2 Joshua Davies 11/5 7/11 4/11 4/11
1-3 Benjamin Thorpe 1-3 Will Silvester 2/11 11/9 11/6 11/8

1st   Yorkshire WINNERS
2nd Sussex.  RU
3rd Warwickshire
4th Kent
5th North Wales
6th Cornwall
7th Cambridgeshire
8th Hampshire                                                                                       Footnote: 6th position is the highest ever placing of a Cornish junior side in the history of the sport in the county.

Alan’s report from SW Qualifiers and photos:
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