Island Exhausts Vets gain maximum points in opening match of the winter league

Island Exhaust Vets gain maximum points in opening match of the winter league

The deciding match in this encounter was between Ashley Sandyford-Sykes and Jason Blue. Leading up to this match Crazies training partners Adam Corcoran and James Ramsey had both secured 3-1 wins in the bottom order matches. However StoneArt’s Hamish Thornton and Lyndon Cheetham levelled the match score at 2-2, Lyndon had a ‘classic’ match with Dave Freer, he was greatly encouraged by his team and just came through winning the 5th game 14-12. Ash and Jason were fighting for the 15 match bonus points, the Crazies captain Ash really did raise his game to beat his higher ranked opponent 3-0.           

Team AON managed to secure another 3-2 win in their match against Mid-Court-Criss (MCC). AON’s Robin and Jason Crease both played well to bag 3-0 wins. MCC’s Dave Norman and Dave O’Neill had to work a bit harder than the crease boys to get their 3-1 wins. The fifth string match was between Peter Ginty and Harvey Douglas, making his A league debut for MCC. Peter’s experience was the difference taking the match 3-2, the setting in 2 of the 5 games shows how close this match was.          

A good victory for Racketeers with them winning 3 of the 5 strings. Dafydd Lewis had a solid 3-0 win and Marc Taggart playing at 2 got the better of his Racketeers sparing partner Baillie Watterson 3-0. The third Racketeers victor was Joe Burrows, he really is moving up the rankings with every match. The Sharks successes came through James Ramsey and Alan McNair, with Alan being the only person to drop a game in the whole match. the overall points score was 222-184.     

Retiring captain Jon Shepherd leaves Crowe Dragons with a 5-0victory. The shock result of the night came at 1 with James Martin beating the much higher ranked and highly favoured EX dragon Ben Peach. In what was a reverse of the fixture pre Christmas as James took the spoils 3-1. Beth Jones overcame Isaac in another reverse of the pre Christmas fixture taking the win 3-2 after initially cruising to a 2-0 lead. Darren Smethurst also overcame his demons by finally beating Emma Leith! Jon Shepherd was made to work for his victory against the vastly improved and enthusiastic Ben Leith. The Doc (Dave Hedley) took a comfortable win at 2nd strIng against Christian Webster with a 45-20 win. This was a strong result to start the new year for the Dragons and some encouraging signs for a few of the junior players also!

At the end of this match, before the 25 winning bonus points were added Outcasts had 215 points and Island Tyres & Exhausts had 212 – just 3 points separated the 2 sides. Peter Baker gave the Exhausts the lead in a tough 3-2 battle, his father Steve Baker made it 2-0 to the Exhausts by winning his match 3-2. Magnus Lamprecht secured the 25 bonus points for the Exhausts by defeating his opponent in yet another 3-2 encounter. The Outcasts success came courtesy of Toby Woolard who won 3-1 and Chris Cave who just came out on top 3-0 in his match against the other Baker boy. It was a super matched between to evenly matched teams.

Doyle Stars enjoyed a friendly game to celebrate the arrival of PwC Playables into the C League! More adventures await. It was a little bit of a baptism of fire, as despite a spirited performance from PwC, Dohle ran out comfortable 4-1 winners on the night. Lots of positives for PwC to take, and a little more experience will see them with well in future matches. Many thanks to Meg Jenkinson for standing in at short notice and putting in a stellar performance to take Kunal Patel to 5 games in the best game of the night.

Island Exhaust Vets met the Junior Academy C tram in there first fixture of the winter league. Their experience told as they gained maximum points and all their players won 3-0. The junior Academy C league team are really a development team and they will improve as a result of playing these more experienced players. Academy player Harrison Callow made his league debut and did well to get 23 points of the experienced Les Callow.

Outcast Dragons achieved a good 4-1 result against Santander Academy Racketeers. There were 3-0 victories for Peter Ginty, Stuart Highy and Fatheha Essa. Dragons captain Darren Smethurst had the match of the night against Andrew Brown coming through 15-12 in there fifth game to achieve a 3-2 win. The Racketeers only win came through Charlie Beard who managed a good 3-1 win over a higher ranked opponent.

Dandara Falcons had a great match with Buchanan & Pitts Misfits just achieving the 3-2 win. Falcon’s Lewi Long and Misfit’s Andy Dixon and John Watterson all won without dropping games. It was the Falcons captain Vusimbe Zivave and their number 1 player Julien Uzzell who secured the points for the Falcons by battling hard for their 3-2 wins. Julien did particularly well to beat Misfits debutant Mark Henson, a player ranked well above him. 

The above picture is of the Island Exhausts Team. Back Row, left to right – Mark Stratford, Peter Sharples, Phil Shaw and Ian Sheard (Captain) . Front Row, left to right – Lee Loughren and Richard Cretney

IOMSRA ELITES and MASTERS 2020 Squash Tournament

The IOMSRA ELITES and MASTERS 2020 Squash Tournament

The Elites Tournament is restricted to the top 16 players, according to rankings (ELITE Players) that want to enter the Tournament. The MASTERS Tournament will run concurrently and is for Over 40s, Over 50s and Over 60s age Categories.

Location – NSC
Format – Swiss System (match each round)
Dates – Tuesday 28th, Thursday 30th & Friday 31st of January 2020
Start time – 6.00pm
Competitors – The ‘Elites’ competition is restricted to the top 16 entries (according to the rankings). The ‘Masters’ is open to anybody who is over 40, over 50 or over 60.
Format for Elites – At the discretion of the Tournament Organiser, it will depend on the amount of entries
Format for Masters – At the discretion of the Tournament Organiser, it will depend on the amount of entries

Closing Date for Entries – Friday 24th January 2020
Cost – £15 for Seniors and £10 for Juniors

For further details contact Les Callow at
Email – / Text – 07624 494734

To Enter Copy and Paste the URL below into your Browser and you will be directed to the Tournament Entry Form –

POM (Player of the Month) Rankings for December 2019

POM (Player of the Month) Rankings for December 2019

The URL below is a link to the Player of the Month Rankings for December 2019. Not many games were played in December 2019 but Stephen Pitts has earned the right to be POM for December 2019. Simply copy the URL address and load it into your Browser and the Rankings will appear –

Watch Squash BJO Live

Watch the Dunlop British Junior Open live and for FREE via

England’s young guns will attempt to capture the oldest and most prestigious junior title in the world next week when the Dunlop British Junior Open (BJO) returns to Birmingham. With 18 English juniors seeded to reach the quarter-finals including the likes of Sam Todd and Lewis Anderson, this is a series of quality encounters you won’t want to miss! Tune in and cheers on our home heroes!

Where to watch
Watch the drama unfold live and for free via (requires free England Squash account) from Thursday 2 January at 9am. Don’t have an account? Sign up now.

Thursday 2 January – Rounds 1 and 2 (9am-9pm)
Friday 3 January – Rounds 2 and 3 (9am-9pm)
Saturday 4 January – Quarter-finals (9am-8pm)
Sunday 5 January – Semi-finals (9am-8pm)
Monday 6 January – Finals (9am-5pm)

Join SquashTV commentator, Simon Parke for colourful commentary and reaction from the glass court at the University of Birmingham Sport & Fitness. There’ll also be streaming on courts 1,2 and 3 plus streaming from courts 1 and 2 at Edgbaston Priory.


Rankings at the end of 2019

Rankings at the End of 2019

The URL below is a link to the Rankings at the End of 2019. Simply copy the URL address and load it into your Browser and the Rankings will appear  –

The Picture below shows the Top 20 ranked players –