Dalton edge past Kendal as McElroy remembered in young versus old match

First published in Sport The Westmorland Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

DESPITE three incredibly close matches, Kendal A lost 3-2 at home to unbeaten Dalton A.

Shaun Doran won his gruelling five-set match 16-14 in the fifth game while the home team’s other winner was Siraaz Patel, whose marathon went to 17-15 in the fifth game.

Gary Edwards also had a close game and lost 15-13 in the fifth.

Ben Welton at one and Andy Chant at two lost to stronger opponents.

Kendal’s B team lost 4-1 at Penrith. For Kendal, Russell Lilliebridge maintained his unbeaten record, while David Terrey playing at number four got off to a flying start, comfortably taking the first two games before running out of steam and dropping the next three.

Results: Kendal A 2, Dalton A 3.

F Simpson Cassidy (Dalton) beat B Welton (Kendal) 9-15, 15-12, 15-10, 15-11 D Ellis (Dalton) beat A Chant (Kendal) 15-11, 15-11, 15-10 S Doran (Kendal) beat H Sodha (Dalton) 12-15, 10-15, 15-12, 15-10, 16-14 Ashley Thompson (Dalton) beat G Edwards (Kendal) 10-15, 15-13, 16-14, 12-15, 15-13 S Patel (Kendal) beat Andy Thompson (Dalton) 4-15, 15-11, 15-17, 17-15, 17-15 Penrith 4, Kendal B 1 G Silburn (Penrith) beat S Jaffer (Kendal) 15-9, 15-9, 15-7 R Utting (Penrith) beat J Howse (Kendal) 15-3, 15-4, 15-2 M Rhodes (Penrith) beat D Terrey (Kendal) 8-15, 9-15, 15-8, 15-13, 15-13 P Huggett (Penrith) beat M Wharton (Kendal) 16-14, 16-14, 15-12 R Lilliebridge (Kendal) beat S Burton (Penrith) 15-4, 15-7, 15-8 KENDAL Squash Club’s annual McElroy tournament, held in memory of former member Mick McElroy who died in 2010, was a close fought battle between teams of ‘oldies’ and ‘young ‘uns’.

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The 2012 match featured two teams of eight as the contest went to the wire with opposing team captains Ian Mitchell and Shayne Holliday meeting in the final rubber.

Holliday clinched the match to bring the result level on four matches apiece, but the youngsters retained the trophy by virtue of being the holders.

“It was a good event between well-matched opponents,” said club captain Holliday.

In a rematch from last year, the club’s longest serving member, Tim Crake, played Steve Faulkner. Forewarned about the stream of highly entertaining on-court banter, Crake maintained his concentration to overturn the result from last year, winning 3-0.

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