Mixed luck for Cromer squash teams
With teams in the Anaco sponsored Norfolk SRA Summer Leagues playing each other three times this summer the two Cromer teams started their third round of matches this week with the first team making the relatively short journey to take on Fakenham in Division One and the second team entertaining Broadland III in Division Three.
Having conceded 14 points to promotion hopefuls Fakenham in both of their previous two matches Cromer were not confident of reversing the scoreline but the team turned in a spirited performance, winning two of the four matches played. But with the home team winning eight games to Cromer's six they again took the four bonus points on offer to come out on top 12-6.
Cromer made just one change from the previous week with captain Richard Keeble coming back into the team in place of Alec Burrows, who was on holiday. With new signing Mike Tudor again available to play at No 1, club champion Keeble was able to drop down to the second string with Henri Paul and former club champion John Baker at Nos. 3 and 4.
Baker is enjoying something of an Indian summer this year and he made it five wins from five starts as he came from 2-1 down to narrowly beat Ian Raisbury 3-2 in a closely contested fourth string match. But Paul was not so successful as he was well beaten in straight games by one of Fakenham's promising young players, Martin Jolley.
With the match finely balanced Keeble won his second string match against Liam Brett 3-0 but unfortunately for Cromer Tudor was not able to take a game in the first string match against Adam Sinkins who is now one of the leading junior players in the county.
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Results: Mike Tudor lost to Adam Sinkins 6-9 9-10 5-9, Richard Keeble beat Liam Brett 9-7 10-8 9-5, Henri Paul lost to Martin Jolley 5-9 2-9 2-9, John Baker beat Ian Raisbury 9-4 1-9 7-9 10-8 9-7.
In contrast Cromer II had twice beaten Broadland III this summer and they made it a hat-trick as they recorded an impressive 16-3 victory despite being without regular John Chandler, who was away on Olympic duty.
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Chandler's absence gave captain Martin Sanville the opportunity to give Matt Jordan his debut in the fourth string match and he was certainly not overawed by playing in front of a large crowd many of whom had stayed on at the club following the Inter County Tennis tournament.
Jordan in fact lost the first two games of his match against the experienced Broadland captain but his fitness proved decisive and the advice given by the watching technical director proved invaluable as he recovered well to win 3-2. Nick Dunnett, meanwhile, was promoted to No.3 and he won his match in straight games while Martin Sanville wrapped up victory with a 3-1 win at No.2 while Matt Copeman cruised through the first string match winning 3-0.
Results: Matt Copeman beat Geoff Roper 9-6 9-3 9-1, Martin Sanville beat Mark Woolner 4-9 9-6 10-8 9-5, Nick Dunnett beat Michael Hill 9-3 10-8 9-7, Matt Jordan beat John Wright 6-9 7-9 9-5 9-1 9-6.