Emphatic win on court for Cromer
SQUASH: After their mid-season Christmas and New Year break, Cromer returned to Norfolk League action this week with a comfortable and emphatic 20-2 victory over bottom-of-the-table Potters II.
With Alex Foster still riding the Australian surf waves and Dave Jones having moved to Lancashire Cromer captain Henri Paul gave a rare first-team outing to former club champion John Baker, who with five second-team victories to his name this season fully deserved his call up.
The Potters team were not at full strength but even so the Cromer team were in imperious form with Alec Burrows, Paul himself and club champion Richard Keeble all easing their way to straight-game victories. Keeble, in fact, maintained his season's unbeaten record and, having missed just one match through illness, now has a string of seven unbeaten matches to his name.
With the five bonus points safely in the bag Baker showed that, whilst he might not be as quick around the court as when he won four club titles more than 20 years ago, he is still a class player and he won the fifth-string match 3-1.
At number one Ben Herrieven, who has come up against some very good players this season, won his first match of the season also with a 3-1 scoreline.
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Paul said afterwards: 'We always have very enjoyable matches against the Potters boys and although they weren't as strong as they might have liked it is always good to get a maximum.
'Johnny Baker showed that he is still a very good player and I was pleased for Ben Herrieven that he was able to get a win under his belt. Hopefully, we will be able to pick up a few more wins during the second half of the season.'
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Results: Ben Herrieven beat Darren Green 4-9, 9-2, 9-5, 10-9; Richard Keeble beat Graham Fackman 9-2, 9-3, 9-4; Henri Paul beat Dave Matthews 9-3, 9-2, 9-1; Alec Burrows beat Richard Thorpe 9-6, 9-4, 9-4; John Baker beat Richard Soanes 8-9, 9-4, 9-5, 9-1.