Cromer beaten in a whole new ball game


For the first time Cromer have entered a team into the Norfolk SRA Racketball Leagues - or Squash 57 Leagues as they are now known.

In an attempt to distinguish the game from its North American cousin Racquetball, the World Squash Federation, in partnership with England Squash, signposted a change of name for the game which is played with a larger ball and a shorter racket.

The new name, Squash 57, focuses on the key difference to squash – the larger ball, which has a maximum diameter of 57 millimetres (compared to 40 millimetres for a squash ball). The game is a popular introduction to squash and can keep generations of players fit and active, and playing on court well into later years.

With this in mind Technical Director Barry Starling selected three of the club's more senior members, Martin Braybrook, John Chandler and Peter Foster, along with Matthew Jordan for the team's first match at Fakenham and although the team were beaten 14-5 Starling was not too disheartened by the result.

Chandler playrf the third string match against his old squash adversary Tim Venes and although he would normally have expected to win his squash match he found that the new format is a different game and, despite winning the second game went down to a 3-1 defeat. However, on the adjoining court Braybrook was up against a much younger opponent in Jordan Richardson and eased his way to a relatively comfortable 3-1 victory.

Peter Foster is probably the most technically gifted player in the Cromer team but his second string opponent Bruce Bushell is a highly skilled squash player who has found no difficulty in adapting his game and came out on top in straight games. In the first string match Matthew Jordan was up against the former Norfolk SRA League secretary Kevin Blake and despite taking the second game to draw level at 1-1 he was not able to build on this as he became the second Cromer player to go down to a 3-1 defeat.

Afterwards Starling said: 'To lose to Fakenham is no disgrace and I am sure we can build on this.'

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Results: Matthew Jordan lost to Kevin Blake 6-13 13-9 7-13 5-13, Peter Foster lost to Bruce Bushell 8-13 9-13 6-13, John Chandler lost to Tim Venes 4-13 13-10 10-13 7-13, Martin Braybrook beat Jordan Richardson 13-6 8-13 13-8 13-7.