Day Leads The Way
Winchester's Sigvaris-sponsored third team lost out narrowly to Lee-on-Solent, but still gathered a useful haul of points to maintain their position in the top half of the Championship, the highly competitive second tier of Hampshire squash.
Russell Brooks was first on court and always knew he would be in for a tough encounter with Lee's Jason Ponting whom he had just edged out in five games in a sensational performance earlier in the season. This time however there was a little too much rustiness in his game and although he fought back well from 0-2 down to take the third 9-7, he was unable to maintain the momentum, going down fighting in four games.
Skipper Jon Day (pictured) soon levelled the match for his team however, careering all around the court in his own inimitable style to outrun veteran campaigner Rich Edmunds in four close games. Stu Parfett then gave Winchester the initiative with a comfortable win over Martyn Collins-Ballands in a match which came to an unusual conclusion. With the score standing at 2-0 and 8-3, Parfett clinched victory with his first match ball - or so it seemed with the final score being announced by the referee - only for the oblivious players to carry on playing another point...which fortunately Parfett won also!
Sadly however, Ali King and Tom Kirby were unable to clinch overall victory, losing out 2-3 and 1-3 to Alex Kershaw and Matt Ellicott respectively in the final two ties. Nonetheless 10 important points for Winchester in an extremely tight division where only 26 points currently separate the promotion and relegation zones.