Cromer Squash Club make it three wins on trot

Cromer completed a hat-trick of Norfolk SRA League Division Two victories when they took on previously unbeaten North Walsham II and came out on top 16-7. Having played the North Walsham first team last season this was a match Cromer were expected to win but although the scoreline appears convincing the result was in doubt until almost the end of the match.

After their heroics of the previous week John Chandler and Nick Dunnett were stood down and returned to second team duties while veterans Alec Burrows and former club champion John Baker, who was playing his first match of the season, came into the team. The two veterans had mixed fortunes however as Burrows won his fourth string match against Robert Stimpson in straight games while Baker, who was up against another veteran in David Attew, suffered a 3-1 defeat.

Cromer's third veteran, captain Henri Paul, followed Burrows' example as he beat Matt Purling in straight games to win the third string match but Walsham drew level when former county junior player Ben Parravani just had the edge over the new Cromer club champion Ben Herrieven, coming out on top 10-9 in the fourth. With the match finely balanced the result was dependent on the first string match between Cromer's Richard Keeble and Robert Whiting. Both players were extremely fit and covered all the court which resulted in a marathon match but Keeble's greater racket skills proved decisive as he came out on top 3-1 as Whiting visibly tired in the fourth game.

Results: Richard Keeble beat Robert Whiting 9-2 9-7 8-10 9-1, Ben Herrieven lost to Ben Parravani 9-4 4-9 6-9 9-10, Henri Paul beat Matt Purling 9-4 9-5 9-7, Alec Burrows beat Robert Stimpson 9-5 9-6 9-6, John Baker lost to David Attew 9-5 8-10 4-9 6-9.

Two days later the second team completed a good week for the club as they recorded their first Division Three victory of the season when they visited UEA and beat the students of UEA II 17-4.

Rhodri Oliver, who is the reigning CLTSA tennis champion, got the team off to a winning start when he won the fifth string match in straight games but Nick Dunnett, who was suffering with a cold, lost his fourth string match by the same margin.

The match of the evening was the third string one in which John Chandler, who was giving more than 40 years to his young opponent, came out on top 3-1 in a match which could have gone the other way and then Matt Copeman ensured victory as he won the second string match 3-0.

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With the students' No.1 player stranded in London and the match result decided Cromer's technical director sportingly agreed that their second string player could play again and it was no surprise that Ben Herrieven became the third player to win in straight games.

Results: Ben Herrieven beat Richard Bennett, 10-9 9-5 9-1, Matt Copeman beat Richard Bennett 9-2 9-6 9-2, John Chandler beat Ben Constant 5-9 10-8 10-8 10-9, Nick Dunnett lost to Andy Keel 6-9 7-9 0-9, Rhodri Oliver beat Dan Roberts 9-6 9-6 9-6

Technical Director Barry Starling said: 'The first team now have three wins under their belt and are gaining a bit of confidence. I decided to give Ben Herrieven another outing in the second team and it is good that we have now got our first win.'