St George’s, RAC and WarKens seal semi-final spots
The penultimate round of league matches saw two semi-final places booked as defending champions Luxfords St George’s Hill and Warwick University / Kenilworth Squash secured their playoff places in the Southern and Northern divisions.
In the Southern Division St George’s Hill put out a strong team against visiting Welsh Wizards, who needed a win to keep their playoff hopes alive, and it was the home team who took a 4-0 advantage to secure their playoff spot. Marwan ElShorbagy beat elder brother Mohamed in the decider but it was too late for the Wizards, who look set to finish third in their first season.
Coolhurst continued their strong finish to the season with a 4-1 away win at Chichester, but the second playoff spot will likely go to Tradition @ RAC who travel to Bexley on Friday needing 13 points from two matches to guarantee a second consecutive semi-final appearance.
Northern division leaders WarKens lost 3-2 at Pontefract, Saurav Ghosal winning the deciding match for the home team, but qualify for the semi-finals after second-placed University of Birmingham Lions lost 1-4 away to Nottingham. Birmingham and Nottingham meet in the final round to decide the second playoff spot, with Pontefract going in with a 5-point advantage.
In the Friday matches a strong Tradition @ RAC team won 5-0 at Bexley to put them out of reach of the Wizards, while Newcastle won the deciding match for a 3-2 home win over Bristol.