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Cleethorpes Cricket Club
Invitational Tournament 2022

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Cleethorpes Cricket Club
Invitational Tournament 2022
28 - 29 Aug
Cleethorpes Cricket Club, Cleethorpes, UK

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Round One SEMIS FINAL
Patrick Rooney
11/3 11/6 11/9
3 -0
Sam Osborne-Wylde
Patrick Rooney
11/8 11/8 13/11
3-0
Nick Wall

Nick Wall
 7/11 11/6 12/10 7/11 11/3
3-2
George Parker
2022 Winner
 
Nick Wall
9/11 6/11 12/10 11/8 11/7
3-2
Simon Herbert
George Parker
11/8 11/6 11/8
3-0
Harry Falconer
George Parker
7/11 11/9 15/17 11/5 11/1
3-2
Declan James
Curtis Malik
11/9 11/9 11/6
3-0
Declan James

REPORTS

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The Final

Nick Wall v George Parker

Wall was quick into his game and lead 8/2, Parker got back into the game 6/9 but Wall kept his discipline to win 11/7. Total reversal of the first with Parker settled 6/1, Wall trying to get back into it 6/9 but Parker regains the momentum for 11/6. Again Parker is off to a flyer 6/1, some good squash from both with Parker retrieving everything but Wall gets back to 6/9, after some long rallies and some amazing retrieving from both players Wall takes the lead 10/9.

Parker is having none of it and takes the next 3 points to win 12/10. Looking a little tired at the end of the last game after the initial exchange of a couple of points Wall goes 8/3 and Parker is chasing every ball down still 9/7 Wall and after a lot of work he takes it 11/7 games 2-2. Parker never let up and after he lead 2/1 was still taking the ball as early as he could winning the next 6 points. Wall comes back with two but is looking very tired and so Parker wins it 11/3 and 3-2.


Nick Wall (left) & George Parker (right) At The Presentation with Tournament Organiser Mike Hallam

I am always impressed with the work all these players put into every game they play, the amount of training and hard work they do every day. they are a credit to our sport and deserve more and not just the Olympics.

I finished off the night by thanking the sponsors, Oceanblue logistics, Surface Specialists, Joy Walker Estate agents, Paul Rudd Solicitors, North Lincs Tyres, C& L Fairburn properties, The Van Franchise and Flying Colours Finance.

Two people missing that have supported the tournament from day one, John Massarella who was assessing in Poland and sadly Malcolm Willstrop who I had immense pleasure to call a friend and will always miss our chats we had whenever or wherever I saw him, it was a pleasure to have met him. Next year is 25 years and we intend to put on something special.

Reports Courtesy of
Mick Hallam
Tournament Organiser
Semis-Finals

First semi final sees Patrick Rooney playing Nick Wall. A close first game up to 5/4 to Wall, 4 points later its 9/4 Wall, Rooney fights back to 8/9 but Wall closes out 11/8.

Almost replica of the first game, Rooney looking to establish himself, Wall leads 9/4, Rooney fights back to 7/9. Rooney misses a simple volley and gets only one more point, Wall 11/8. The same pattern as the first two games, Wall 5/3 then Rooney takes four points, looking more like it. Points exchanged up to 9/9 and Rooney wins the next rally for game ball, 10/10 another game ball for Rooney but mistakes see Wall take it 13/11 and 3-0. Although Nick played really well Patrick made a lot of mistakes.

Next on is George Parker and Declan James. An even start then James leads 7/2, they share the next two points then Parker wins four in a row but James runs out 11/7. A reverse of the first game, Parker leads 7/3, some really long rallies lead to Parker 10/7 but James comes back to 9/10 but Parker finishes it 11/9.

The third game is the longest of the tournament and Parker leads 5/1, more long rallies and lots of lets and Parker goes to 10/7. James fights back to 10/10, another game ball for Parker then 11/11, 12/11 Parker, 13/13 a few queries to the referee and frustration from both players but James wins it 17/15.

Parker starts well in the fourth 4/1 leads to 7/2, a mini revival for James 5/7 but Parker takes the fourth 11/5. These had been really hard games and it look to have taken the toll on James as Parker leapt to a 9/0 lead and closed the match out 11/1 and 3-2.

Reports Courtesy of
Mick Hallam
Tournament Organiser
Round One

The top four seeds at Cleethorpes are Patrick Rooney, George Parker, Declan James and Nick Wall, complimented by four up and coming young players.

First on court was Patrick Rooney playing Sam Osborne-Wylde, fresh from his success at theU19 world championships. Rooney made a fast start playing high up the court, taking the ball early not giving the 18 year old time to settle and taking 5/0 lead. Osborne Wylde was worked hard but pulled back to 6/3 before Rooney rattled off the next 5 points 11/3.

Osborne Wylde started the second game much better and with Rooney making unforced errors lead 5/2. Rooney applied continued pressure and fought back to 8/5, they shared the next 4 points but Rooney closed out at 11/7. The pace started to tell on the youngster and Rooney quickly went 6/2. to his credit Osborne Wylde rallied to 6/6 but to no avail as Rooney closed out 11/6.

The second was the toughest game of the night, with Nick Wall taking on Simon Herbert. Wall took an early lead 3/0 which soon became 6/2. Herbert then came up with an onslaught of attacking squash, hitting cross court nicks and some backhand drop shots that had Wall shaking his head 10/6 to Herbert, Wall rallied to 10/9 but Herbert closed out 11/9. The second game started as the first ended, Herbert hitting winners all over the court 9/3 which was quickly 11/3. An upset looked on the cards.

Wall came out in the third playing tight controlled squash and they exchanged point for point. Wall moved ahead 10/8 in a must win game, Herbert pegged it back to 10/10 but after some disciplined squash from Wall he took the game 12/10. In the fourth Herbert found his attacking squash again and lead 8/5, Wall playing no risk squash levelled 8/8 and took the fourth 11/8. With Herbert looking like he was feeling the pace Wall lead 5/2. Herbert fought back to l7/6 but Wall was not going to lose and closed out 11/7. Great squash to watch from a spectator point of view.

Third Match featured Declan James and Curtis Malik, James here to defend his title. In a tight first game points were exchanged up to 7/7, James moved ahead 10/8 before taking the game 11/9. Th second was a repeat of the first, points exchanged to 9/9 with James again taking the next two points 11/9.in the third Malik lead 5/4 but then James took the next 5 points to lead 9/5 before taking the game and match 11/6. a game very much closer than the score line suggests.

Last match on saw George Parker taking on club coach Harry Falconer. Falconer surprised Parker taking a 4/0 lead with some great touch but Parker got into hsi game levelled at 6/6 which became 8/8 before Parker closed out 11/8. Parker moved to lead 4/2, Falconer fought back to 4/4 before Parker closed to 11/6. the third was a tight affair Parker 6/5 which went to 8/6 before Parker finished the game 11/6.

Reports Courtesy of
Mick Hallam
Tournament Organiser