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Sharpes is Dulwich Champion
Charles Sharpes (World no.62) lifted a first
Open with a hard fought victory over Ben Coleman (World no.65).
The two are good friends and often this can have a
negative impact on any encounter, but in this instance, as had been the
general theme through the tournament, the squash was free flowing.
Dulwich Squash President
Nikhil Roy & Charles Sharpes
A capacity crowd were treated to an entertaining match
that lasted over and hour and that was filled with full court coverage
interspersed with unreachable winners.
started the better taking the first, but Coleman (left in dark top) was soon
into his running and levelled things up before easing to 5/2 in the third
and looking like he might take control.
Sharpes pulled things back to parity at 5-5 and the two
then traded points before Sharpes was able to breakaway and take the game
11/9 after 20 minutes of pulsating squash.
This seemed to give him the boost he needed opening up
a lead early in the fourth and never looking back despite Coleman’s best
efforts to wrap up his second win on the JW Cannon UK Grand Prix.
In his post match speech, Sharpes thanked the Dulwich
club for making the players feel so welcome and in particular the free food
over the course of the event!!
To cap a successful weekend, the victory also confirmed
Sharpes top of the JW Cannon UK Grand Prix standings and a £500 bonus.
Final result: Charles Sharpes bt Ben Coleman 3-1 (11/5
3/11 11/9 11/7) [63 minutes]