WarKens and Nottingham extend leads
With just three rounds to go, Playoff places looked likely to be enhanced or damaged in Round Eight, and so it proved as University of Warwick/Kenilworth Squash and University of Nottingham increased their leads at the top of the Divisions while Ab Initio St George’s Hill continued their late surge for a semi-final spot.
Southern Division leaders WarKens demolished Coolhurst 5-0 at Kenilworth Squash, with newly-crowned British Champion Sarah-Jane Perry leading the way for the home side and Iker Pajares coming from a game down in the final match of the evening to secure maximum points.
Meanwhile at the Royal Automobile Club in London’s Pall Mall, the battle between the 2019 and 2018 Champions went the way of St George’s, who took a 3-0 lead before defending champions RAC took the final two matches of the night.
WarKens now have a handy 12-point lead over RAC, with St George’s a further 10 points behind but with a match in hand, as do Coolhurst who are just one point behind St George’s.
In the Northern Division Nottingham stormed into a 4-0 lead over Scotland’s Alba Storm before Eain Yow Ng beat Nick Matthew to gain some consolation points for the Storm. Nottingham hold a 19-point advantage over Pontefract, who have a match in hand, with Alba Storm level with Pontefact on the same matches p[layed..
Round Eight concluded on Thursday with University of Birmingham Lions beating Northumberland Club / Newcastle University 4-1 to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.