Good performances from Cromer Squash Club

Although Cromer lost their Anaco sponsored Norfolk SRA Summer League fixture 13-6 at Barnham Broom II it was certainly no disgrace as they put up a spirited performance against the Division One leaders, winning two of the four matches and only losing the bonus points on countback.

With Henri Paul unavailable through work commitments the second team captain Martin Sanville, who had three successive second team victories and an impressive string of internal league results behind him, stepped up for a rare first team outing. He soon showed that his promotion was fully justified as he won the fourth string match 3-1 but Cromer's brittle middle order once again proved to be their achilles heel as Alec Burrows, who was making a welcome return after a back injury, and Ben Herrieven, who is still struggling with fitness after problems with his knee, both went down to straight game defeats which meant that Cromer could not take the bonus points.

However, in the final first string match club champion Richard Keeble proved that he is a match for any player in Division One as he came from 1-2 down to win 3-2 against a very good opponent who had won seven age related Norfolk junior titles between 1996 and 2003.

Results: Richard Keeble beat Peter Hubbard 9-6 8-10 5-9 9-6 9-5, Ben Herrieven lost to Adam Goodson 3-9 2-9 5-9, Alec Burrows lost to Adie Martin 0-9 3-9 0-9, Martin Sanville beat Craig Mattless 9-2 4-9 9-5 9-4.

Two days earlier the second team entertained the only team to have beaten them this summer, Broadland Hunter, and they turned the tables on the Fleggburgh based team, coming out on top 13-5.

Nick Dunnett's learning experience continued as, after his fine victory the previous week, he was given another run-out in the fourth string slot. He again played well but his experienced opponent had the edge at vital times and won in straight games. This was the team's only setback of the evening.

Both pensioner John Chandler and No.1 Matt Copeman comfortably won their matches 3-0 and in the final match of the evening Martin Sanville turned in a captain's performance to win a hard hitting and sometimes frenetic second string match 3-2 after trailing 2-1.

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Results: Matt Copeman beat Mark Cullum 10-8 9-1 9-0, Martin Sanville beat Phil Magem 10-8 7-9 2-9 9-5 9-5, John Chandler beat Richard Clamp 9-2 9-6 9-0, Nick Dunnett lost to Alan Markwell 7-9 4-9 4-9.

Technical Director Barry Starling watched both matches and said: 'This was a much better performance from the first team. When Keeble is on form he is a class act and I was delighted for Martin Sanville that he got a win at a higher level. The second team seem to be going great guns and at the moment. Matt Copeman was awesome at No.1 and Chandler again belied his years against a very big unit. The highlight of the evening however was Sanville's performance at No.2 – he played very well to win his match 3-2.'