Winchester Stay In Touch
Winchester's Sigvaris-sponsored first team travelled to lowly Abshot in the Hampshire Premier Division and were made to battle all the way to secure a narrow 3-2 victory.
With England U17 no.4 ranked junior Adam Corcoran unable to play due to illness, the opportunity arose for another nationally ranked junior Tom Kirby to step into the limelight. Kirby has played more games than anyone else for the Bereweeke Road club this season and was simply too strong for Paul Martin, covering the court energetically to win in straight games.
Stefan Stanton was unable to build on this lead, losing out into Abshot captain Jason Vigiers in four close games, but the ageless Jon Foster soon restored Winchester's lead with a crushing 3-0 win over Chris Thornton.
Club coach Gary Hinton is now back to his best after three years out of competitive squash with a career-threatening knee injury and has had an outstanding season so far with just a single defeat. and the former Jamaican Open champion displayed all his old elastic court coverage to roll back the years and overcome Abshot no.2 Chris Rand in three games.
So with the bonus points wrapped up for Winchester, it was left to the no.1s to put on a show. With both players ranked just four places apart in the world Top 150 a treat was in store, and University of Winchester scholar Rob Downer (pictured) and Surrey's Alex Ingham didn't disappoint, delighting the crowd with some astonishing retrieving and stunning nick shots, Ingham eventually running out the winner in three close games.