Nathan Mead victorious in Utmost Wealth Solutions Isle of Man Squash Championships 2020

Nathan Mead victorious in Utmost Wealth Solutions Isle of Man Squash Championships 2020

The IOMSRA staged the Utmost Wealth Solutions Isle Of Man Championships from Monday 9th March through to Friday 13th March. This was played using the ‘Monrad’ methodology which means players usually get a game each round of the Tournament and with an entry of 40 players there was a lot of squash played during the week. 

There was a small first round of 8 matches with the winners qualifying for the main draw of 32 players. The closest of these matches was a 3-2 encounter where Stephen Pitts only just overcame Andy O’Neill 17-15 in the fifth game. Damien Loughrey a player new to IOMSRA events had an enjoyable introduction by beating the established Greg Ansara 3-1. Funnily enough this round also featured two players with identical ranking points, Harry Douthwaite and Amaline Batty, who had a close match with Douthwaite eventually inning 3-1.

In the second round most matches went with seeding but there was one upset when the 16th (Richard Cretney) and 17th (Harvey Douglas) seeds met. These two are next to each other on the rankings and had a predictably close match with Harvey eventually winning, taking the fifth game 13-11. The other five game match of the round was Angus Hopkinson against Oliver Williams where Angus came back from 2-0 down to eventually take the match 3-2. 

In the third round Damien Loughrey continued to impress with a good 3-0 win over a higher ranked opponent while James Ramsey did well to take a game off the higher ranked Ben Peach. Darren Smethurst had a very close match with Fraser Dorling with Darren taking the match 3-1,15/13 in the final game. Ben Leith and Andrew Brown had a good match with the win going to young Leith 3-1.

The quarter final round saw the players effectively in five groups of 8 players, the top block containing players ranked 1 to 8, the second block containing players ranked 9 to 16 and  so on. The top four players all won their quarter final matches 3-0. On paper the closest match should have been between the fourth and fifth seeds but Thom Whiteway never let Pat Fitzpatrick into the match and ran out an easy winner. In the 9 to 16 block Rob Colquitt eventually overcame Alan McNair by a score line of 3-2, despite initially going 2-0 down. In the 17 to 24 block there were good wins for junior players Oliver Williams and Christian Webster while fellow junior Ben Leith had a great match with Julien Uzzell before losing the fifth game 13-11. The 25 to 32 group produced three 3-2 matches with victories in these matches going to Isaac Quayle, Beth Jones and Fraser Dorling. In the 33-40 group the pick of the bunch was young Amaline Batty’s 3-2 victory over veteran player Phil Shaw. The other five game match was between PwC Playables teammates Andy O’Neill and Chloe Corrigan where Chloe won the first two games but Andy fought back to win this very tight match.  

The fifth round or semi-final round consisted of 10 groups of four players. Working up from the bottom of the draw there were a few 3-2 matches; Andrew Brown beat his Racketeer teammate Fraser Dorling, Christian Webster and Richard Cretney both fought back from 2-0 down to win against Julien Uzzell and Mark Stratford respectively, and the match between the 6th and 7th ranked players Hamish Thornton and Josh Green was a real see-saw match with players taking it in turns to take games but Hamish ran out the eventual winner 12-10 in the final game.  

The top four players competed in the semi-final matches. The first was between Nathan Mead and Thomas Whiteway. Nathan, who is playing in his first IOMSRA event, managed to win in three very competitive games. The other semi-final saw Oscar Hill beat fellow IOM player Ashley Sandyford Sykes by a score of 3-1.  

The final round saw twenty matches between players who are effectively very even in playing level and determined the players final position in the tournament. The Vase trophy went to the 33rd ranked player who was Charlie Beard due to his 3-2 win over Amaline Batty. The 17th place and winner of the Plate Event was a player new to IOM squash Damien Loughrey. 

James Ramsey and Rob Colquit had a close battle with Ramsey eventually clinching the 9th spot by taking the fifth game 11-7. In the third place play-off the experienced Ashley Sandyford-Sykes had a little too much for Thomas Whiteway and won 3-1 despite dropping the first game.   

The finalists Nathan Mead and Oscar Hill are both based across. Nathan is a highly ranked England under 19s player based in Gloucester, his father is Manx and he still has family living on the island. Oscar Hill was schooled on the island but is currently serving in the RAF and is currently RAF senior champion. These are two quality players and the final promised much and did not disappoint. Nathan produced impressive squash and was a convincing winner beating Oscar 11-6, 11-3 and 11-2 to claim the IOM Championships title for his first time. 

A photograph showing competitors in the competition

The IOMSRA would like to thank Utmost Wealth Solutions for sponsoring the tournament. The Tournament was organised by Thomas Whiteway and Les Callow and the tournament competitors and the IOMSRA Committee would like to thank them both for all their hard work in making it a success.

Nathan Mead wins Utmost Wealth Solutions Isle of Man Squash Championships 2020

Nathan Mead wins Utmost Wealth Solutions Isle of Man Squash Championships 2020

The Isle of Man Squash Championships 2020 sponsored by Utmost Wealth Solutions finals took place on Friday 13th March. A full report will be published in the near future but for now here are some photographs from the finals night. The prize winners are pictured with tournament Organiser Les Callow presenting the prizes.

Championships Winner – Nathan Mead

Championships Runner-Up – Oscar Hill 

Championships Plate Winner – Damien Loughrey

Championships Vase Winner – Charlie Beard  

  

A photograph showing competitors in the competition

The IOMSRA would like to thank ‘Utmost Wealth Solutions’ for sponsoring the event. The Committee woulds also like to thank Tournament Organisers Les Callow and Thom Whiteway for running the event.

 

The Utmost Wealth Solutions Isle of Man Squash Championships 2020 – Day 3

 

*** Updated Draw and Order of Play due to withdrawals***

The Isle of Man Squash Championships 2020 sponsored by Utmost Wealth Solutions semi-finals take place Thursday 12th March which matches beginning at 6:30pm.

If all participants please ensure that they are at the courts 10-15 mins before their scheduled start time at the earliest as changes to the order are possible on the day.

Matches will be played best of 5 games, PAR scoring to 11, two clear points. Losers to mark the next match.

Please remember to collect your tournament t shirt and pay entries fees tonight, £20 for seniors, £15 for juniors.

Scores and results can be found either in the image or link below:

https://iomsquash.leaguemaster.co.uk/cgi-county/icounty.exe/showtournamentlist

Draw

Order of Play

 

The Utmost Wealth Solutions Isle of Man Squash Championships 2020 – Day 2

**UPDATED DUE TO WITHDRAWALS AND REPLACEMENTS**

The Isle of Man Squash Championships 2020 sponsored by Utmost Wealth Solutions continues tonight which matches beginning at 6:30pm.

If all participants please ensure that they are at the courts 10-15 mins before their scheduled start time at the earliest as changes to the order are possible on the day.

Matches will be played best of 5 games, PAR scoring to 11, two clear points. Losers to mark the next match.

Please remember to collect your tournament t shirt and pay entries fees tonight, £20 for seniors, £15 for juniors.

Draw

Order of Play – Day 2

the Utmost Wealth Solutions Isle of Man Squash Championships 2020

The Isle of Man Squash Championships 2020 sponsored by Utmost Wealth Solutions start Monday 9th March 2020 which matches beginning at 6:30pm.

If all participants please ensure that they are at the courts 10-15 mins before their scheduled start time at the earliest as changes to the order are possible on the day.

Matches will be played best of 3/5 games, PAR scoring to 11, two clear points. Winners will be expected to mark on the first night.

Please ensure you bring the entry fee down on the first night to claim the free tournament t shirt.

Draw – Round 1/2/3

Order of Play – Day 1