Wins for RAC, St George’s and Alba Storm in Round Three
The third round of the Premier Squash League, marking the halfway point of the 2022/23 season, brought away wins for former champions RAC and St George’s while Alba Storm beat table toppers Pontefract on games countback.
In the 6pm start RAC made a great start at Crawley with Women’s World Teams player of the tournament Satomi Watanabe easing past English U17 champion Amelie Haworth and Daryl Selby coming from a game down to beat Curtis Malik. Crawley reduced the deficit as British U19 Champion Torrie Malik beat England #1 Sarah-Jane Perry in five, before French world #15 Gregoire Marche wrapped up the tie for RAC.
At Nottingham a strong St George’s outfit took a 3-0 lead with straight-game wins for Jasmine Hutton, Charlie Lee and Gina Kennedy before Nick Wall recorded on of his best wins, beating world #11 Joel Makin in four games.
At Newlands in Glasgow the match against Pontefract swung one way then the other. Katriona Allan got Alba Storm off to the perfect start, but new rectruit Emy Evans levelled for the visitors in five. Donna Lobban restored the home side’s lead with a notable 3-0 win over Hillie Naughton, and although Patrick Rooney levelled the match in straight games, it was the home side who took the bonus points on eight games to seven.
Crawley 1-3 RAC
Rui Soares 0-3 Gregoire Marche 4-11, 5-11, 4-11
Torrie Malik 3-2 Sarah-Jane Perry 11-6, 9-11, 11-7, 10-11, 11-7
Curtis Malik 1-3 Daryl Selby 11-6, 3-11, 8-11, 8-11
Amelie Haworth 0-3 Satomi Watanabe 3-11, 5-11, 2-11
Nottingham 1-3 St George’s
Nick Wall 3-1 Joel Makin 11-7, 11-5, 10-11, 11-4
Millie Tomlinson 0-3 Gina Kennedy 7-11, 2-11, 6-11
Jared Carter 0-3 Charlie Lee 4-11, 2-11, 5-11
Sanne Veldkamp 0-3 Jasmine Hutton 4-11, 0-11, 8-11
Alba Storm 2-2 Pontefract (8-7)
Greg Lobban 0-3 Patrick Rooney 5-11, 4-11, 6-11
Donna Lobban 3-0 Hollie Naughton 11-9, 11-10, 11-4
Rory Stewart 2-3 Emyr Evans 8-11, 11-10, 11-7, 8-11, 5-11
Katriona Allan 3-1 Ellie Jones 11-9, 7-11, 11-6, 11-6
Three-way tie at the top
Tonight’s results mean that three teams are tied on 31 points at the top of the table. Those are the three teams that have played three matches, with the other four teams still in contention having played two matches.