Cunning Fox Eyes Double Promotion
Winchester 7th team, sponsored by Sigvaris, stayed on course for a second successive promotion season, edging out a strong Roko Portsmouth team 3-2 although not without a few scares along the way.
The fast improving Peter Glyn-Jones is a relative newcomer to team squash, but what he lacks in experience he makes up for in speed and stamina and he was simply too strong for Aidan Callaghan, cruising to victory for the loss of just four points.
Next on court, captain and team strategist Jonathan Fox (pictured) found himself up against wily old campaigner Barry Downer. After some tentative early exchanges the score stood at one game all, but Fox stayed calm, stuck to his game plan, and took the next two games to clinch the match.
Simon Geary has had a fabulous season, unbeaten prior to this match, but he found himself up against the redoubtable Tony Hore. In a ding-dong battle, Geary had to use all his reserves of energy to fight back to level at 2-2, and Hore it was who pulled away to take the deciding game.
Alex Sinclair also had an unbeaten record to protect and he quickly raced to a 2-0 lead against Ken Clark, only for Clark to fight back to take a tight third game 9-7. Sinclair was not to be denied however and he came back strongly to take the fourth, finishing in style with the deftest of drop shots into the nick.
Winchester's no.1 Oliver Harrison has led from the front in fine style all season but he found himself in a tough attritional encounter with the equally tenacious Allen Downer. In a match played in excellent spirit, both players took it in turns to dominate but Downer it was who tightened up his game to run out the winner in four games.
So an excellent win for Winchester, making it 10 wins out of 11 this season and extending their lead at the top of Division 5, albeit with several more tough matches to come over the coming weeks.