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Cromer squash team maintain flying start with fourth straight win

PUBLISHED: 08:50 16 November 2017

John Baker (left) picked up a win for Cromer but John Chandler missed out through injury. Picture: Martin Braybrook

John Baker (left) picked up a win for Cromer but John Chandler missed out through injury. Picture: Martin Braybrook

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Cromer's excellent run of form continued when they entertained Broadland II and recorded a comfortable 17-5 victory.

It was their fourth successive win of the season and consolidated their position at the top of Division Three of the Norfolk SRA Leagues.

Technical director Barry Starling was forced into two changes from last week’s winning team with veteran John Chandler sidelined as a result a knee injury and the unbeaten Ross Murray also unavailable. Matthew Jordan came back into the team to play the fourth string match while Starling gave a team debut to Eamonn North who last month beat him in the first round of the annual club tournament before bowing out at the semi-final stage. Alex Oliver, Phil Godfrey and John Baker once again filled the top three slots.

Jordan got the team off to a good start as he won his match against Mike Cramer in straight games. After comfortably taking the first game he trailed 8-12 in the second before saving five game balls in the second eventually taking the game 15-13 and then dominated the third game to close out the match 3-0.

On the adjoining court the experienced Godfrey was not having things all his own way against young Jordan Bowman. He opened up a 2-1 lead and looked to be heading for a relatively straightforward victory when he led 11-5 and then served for the match at 12-8 in the third. However his opponent fought back well to win the game 15-13 and after the players traded point for point in the fifth game Godfrey just edged home 14-12 to win 3-2 and maintain his season’s unbeaten record.

North gave a good account of himself in his first team match as he pushed his opponent, Gary Powley, hard for two games before he ran out of energy in the third to lose 3-0 but four times former club champion John Baker made sure of Cromer’s victory as he proved to be too strong and too consistent for opponent Richard Hall, coming out on top in straight games.

The final first string match was something of an anti climax as Oliver eased his way to a 3-0 victory against 15-year-old Kye McCourt-Hall.

Starling said afterwards: “This was a fine all round team performance. I thought Eamonn North deserved his chance to play and he certainly didn’t let himself down.”

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