The 2019/20 Premier Squash League season got under way this evening
with two matches, one in each division.
A noisy and enthusiastic Geordie crowd at the Northumberland Club
welcomed Nick Matthew’s University of Nottingham team in the opening
Northern Division match, while the Welsh Wizards – starting their
second PSL season, as were Newcastle – travelled to Kenilworth
Squash to take on last season’s Northern Division winners “Warken”
in this year’s Southern Division.
Newcastle turn it around against Nottingham
Northumberland Club / Newcastle University (“Newcastle”) had lost
last year’s opening fixture at home to the University of Nottingham
(“Nottingham”) 5-0 without taking a single game, and when Owain
Taylor lost the first game of the match 11-13 to Kyle Finch, it
looked as though history could repeat itself.
But Welshman Taylor fought back to take the match 2-1, and new
recruit Fiona Moverley made it 2-0 to the home side as she
comfortably beat Grace Clarke.
Richie Fallows pulled one back for Nottingham as he took two tough
games against Tom Ford, but Newcastle wrapped up the win as another
new recruit, South African Alexandra Fuller, took the second ladies’
Nick Matthew beat Baptiste Masotti to reduce the damage for 2017
Champions Nottingham, and the packed crowd had no hesitation in
accepting Matthew’s invitation for a noisy finish.
“We’re really happy with tonight’s opening match,” said Newcastle
manager Ross Graham.
“From having the kids on court before the match, the sold out crowd
which was as noisy and enthusiastic as usual, the performances of
our new players, and of course the result, it’s a great start to our
second season in the league, here’s hoping we can keep it going!”
WarKens wallop the Wizards
Having topped the Northern division last year before losing out in
the semi-finals, University of Warwick / Kenilworth Squash (“WarKens”)
played their first match in the Southern Division, and romped to a
5-0 home win over the Welsh Wizards.
WarKens went two-nil up as Julianne Courtice and Lily Taylor won the
women’s matches, both two-nil, then Harry Falconer and Nick Wall
both came from a game down to put the home side four-nil ahead.
Maximum points were secured when India’s Mahesh Mangaonkar took the
final match in straight games.
“That was a very successful opening to the new season,” said England
Squash’s PSL co-ordinator Paul Waters. “There were great crowds at
both venues and the new format with two women and three men went
down very well with everyone.
“We’re looking forward to a successful season of intense
competition, and the innovations we have planned for this season and
next can only help the PSL grow.”
Round ONE, Tue 1st October
Newcastle bt Nottingham 3/2
Baptiste Masotti lost to Nick Matthew 5-11, 9-11
Tom Ford lost to Richie Fallows 7-11, 6-11
Owain Taylor bt Kyle Finch 11-13, 11-5, 11-7
Alexandra Fuller bt Mari Taylor 11-5, 11-8
Fiona Moverley bt Grace Clark 11-2, 11-5
University of Birmingham v Pontefract
Kenilworth bt Welsh Wizards Cardiff 5/0
Mahesh Mangaonkar bt Edmon Lopez 11-1, 11-5
Nick Wall bt Peter Creed 4-11, 11-7, 11-7
Harry Falconer bt Emyr Evans 9-11, 11-8, 17-15
Julianne Courtice bt Anna Serme 11-8, 11-2
Lily Taylor bt Anna Kimberley 11-6, 11-5
Coolhurst London v RAC