Week to forget for Cromer Squash Club

To say that Cromer Squash club's results this week have been disappointing is something of an understatement.

The first team travelled to Lime Tree Road Norwich to take on East Anglia III in a re-arranged Norfolk League Division One match and were soundly beaten 20-2 and then, in Norwich once again, lost by the same 20-2 margin to top of the table Norwich Sportspark. If this was not bad enough the second team entertained East Anglia V in a Division Three fixture and failed to pick up a single point as they suffered a humiliating 20-0 defeat.

At Lime Tree Road Cromer captain Henri Paul called up former club champion John Baker to play the fifth string match in what was only his second first team match of the season. Despite having three second team victories to his credit this season Baker has found the step up to Division One a big one to take and he went down to a straight game defeat in the first match of the evening and the same fate befel Alec Burrows, Henri Paul and Ben Herrieven. Club champion Richard Keeble did save the team from a complete whitewash as he opened up a 2-1 lead in the first string match but the effort he put into the first three games did take its toll and he lost the next two games to go down to a 3-2 defeat.

Results: Richard Keeble lost to Hadleigh Farrer 6-9 9-7 9-8 2-9 4-9, Ben Herrieven lost to Matt Johnson 2-9 7-9 3-9, Henri Paul lost to Nick Ross 7-9 1-9 1-9, Alec Burrows lost to Anthony Raywood 3-9 0-9 7-9, John Baker lost to Peter Dean 2-9 0-9 4-9.

For the match at Sportspark Michael Holdom came into the team in place of the unavailable Baker for what was his second match of the season.

Again the team were outclassed. Holdom played well and took the opening game of the fifth string match before going down to a 3-1 defeat but Alec Burrows, Henri Paul and Ben Herrieven all lost their matches in straight games which meant that Cromer were beaten before Richard Keeble took to the court for the final first string match.

Keeble was up against Andrew Trim who proved himself to be the best player in the division when he won the 'B' event at the recent Norfolk championships and the Cromer champion did exceptionally well to take the third game of the match before going down 3-1 as he lost a close fourth game 9-6.

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Results: Richard Keeble lost to Andrew Trim 6-9 3-9 9-3 6-9, Ben Herrieven lost to Richard Fiske 4-9 8-10 0-9, Henri Paul lost to Joe Plumridge 6-9 2-9 1-9, Alec Burrows lost to Eddie Webber 8-10 1-9 0-9, Michael Holdom lost to Andy Weeks 9-5 6-9 2-9 6-9.

Technical Director Barry Starling was down to the bare bones for the second team's match at home to East Anglia V with Matt Copeman, Steve Watts, John Baker, Alan Harper and Michael Holdom all unavailable but even so he will have been disappointed with the final scoreline if not the result. In fact other fringe players were also unavailable which meant that Starling himself was forced to make a rare team appearance.

Results: Martin Sanville lost to Nick Stringer 2-9 4-9 3-9, John Chandler lost to Jonny Lawes 5-9 2-9 1-9, Kim Payne lost to Paul Harvey 3-9 6-9 0-9, Malcolm Crane lost to Nathan Taylor 8-10 9-10 2-9, Barry Starling lost to Leo Kleinburg 5-9 5-9 2-9.