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Team News 4/12/2018

Penrith B winning run ends with a bump!

 

Following Penrith ‘B’ 2 week running streak, they met current league leaders Wigton B in this week’s County League 2nd division game.

 

Hopes were high that with a full strength team and confidence running high that they could give their opponents a good run for their money. Unfortunately this did not prove to be the case.

 

Wigton proved why they are topping the league.

Penrith found it hard to make any impression in any of the games.

Richard Utting and Chris Lilley were the only players to win a game losing their respective games against Rachel Kennon and Guy Huxtable 3-1 respectively.

 

Unfortunately Alex McIntosh and Mark Rhodes fared no better despite both players playing some excellent squash. However their respective opponents Andrew Thwaite and Adam Gill were just too strong and they came out winners 3-0 on each occasion.

 

Next week sees the first round of the County Cup when Penrith B meet Wigton B again, this time on home soil. Hopefully Penrith can make a better fight of it than they did this week.

 

Penrith 'A' hosted a strong Carlisle 'C' in their first game for a couple of weeks.

 

First on court was Matt Davidson, who initially struggled to find his rhythm, although got stronger as the match progressed. He eventually lost 15-8, 15-12, 15-13 to Craig Jefferson.

 

The game of the night came between Penrith's Graham Silburn and Carlisle's Matt Bell who slogged it out for over an hour in a gruelling 5-setter, with Graham being victorious 3-2. Great effort by both!

 

With the match score tied 1-1, Penrith's Ben Hoyle took to the court against visiting Dave Box. Ben took advantage of Dave's notorious slow starts to take the first game 15-6. But then Dave rallied and took control in the next 2 tight games, both 15-13, and a 15-9 scoreline in the 4th game taking the match 3-1. Some great squash played by both, with Ben playing some of his best squash of the season so far against a very experienced opponent.

 

The last game of the night saw Digger Gray take on Carlisle's youngster Joseph Broadley, playing his first game at the number 1 seeding. Digger played very well against a fast improving junior who kept the ball very tight and showed great fitness around the court. Joseph came out winner 3-0, with Carlisle taking the overall match 3-1.


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