ClubNet Winchester 1 Elite Squash Bristol 4
A tough night but some breathtaking squash…
ClubNet Winchester hosted Elite Squash Bristol last night for our first home game of the season. First up for Winchester was British and European Junior Champion Gina Kennedy against experienced pro player Emma Chorley. Gina got off to a fast start with some great attacking play and took the first 11-8 before Emma bounced back, winning the second by the same margin. From the third game Gina started to edge ahead, building the rallies and then finishing the points well, finally clinching it 3-1 (11-8, 8-11, 11-4, 11-8). Meanwhile on the next court Scott Handley was being given stern test by Bristol youngster Tom Ford. Although Scott used all his skills and deception to try and unsettle the youngster he was no match for Tom’s pace and accuracy, succumbing three games to love (6-11, 2-11, 5-11).
Next up for us was Winchester player and England Junior Adam Corcoran. At just 16 years old it was always going to be tough against 20-year-old world #154 Josh Masters but he dug in well and played some excellent rallies, before also going down three games to love (4-11, 5-11, 5-11). On the adjacent court for us was Rob Downer, up against world #43 Lucas Serme. Rob has had some great matches for us lately and got off to a great start in this one, clinching the first 12-10 with some gut-busting rallies. However as the game went on Lucas’s speed and ability to get just about anything back started to tell, and he took the next three games to win 3-1 (12-10, 3-11, 2-11, 2-11).
And so to the main event as Winchester new recruit and up and coming star Zahed Mohamed took on Bristol’s world #10 Marwan El Shorbagy. What followed was a demonstration of why Egyptian squash is popular at the moment, with breathtaking rallies, unbelievable retrieving and some outrageous winning shots. The first game was nip and tuck, with Marwan starting well, Zahed clawing his way back in, only for Marwan to take it 11-8. Zahed started the second well and got a good early lead but again Marwan snuck it at the end, taking the second 11-9. In the third Zahed got an early lead and held on to take it 11-9. The fourth was anybody’s, with both players playing some great attacking squash to the rapturous applause of both sets of supporters. At 12-12 it could have gone either way but a tight shot from Marwan followed by a tin from Zahed saw Marwan clinch it 3-1 (8-11, 9-11, 11-8, 12-14).
Zahed Mohamed 1-3 Marwan Elshorbagy 8-11, 9-11, 11-8, 12-14
Robert Downer 1-3 Lucas Serme 12-10, 3-11, 2-11, 2-11
Scott Handley 0-3 Tom Ford 6-11, 2-11, 5-11
Adam Corcoran 0-3 Josh Masters 4-11, 5-11, 5-11
Gina Kennedy 3-1 Emma Chorley 11-8, 8-11, 11-4, 11-8