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Main Draw 2011-12

The 2011/12 draw is shown below:

Friday 18th May 2012

Last up on the night was the defending club champion, John Merriman and the young contender, Alex Finch, both competing for the coveted Walter Hounsham cup and the title of Club Champion 2011-12.


The first game was titanic, with John making a few uncharacteristic errors, and Alex working the rallies and hitting some awesome winners. Despite this John won the first. 

Something then changed in both players. John’s error rate dropped to nil, and Alex – feeling the pressure – tried ever more ambitious shots. No less exciting, but another game on the board for John. In the third Alex tried to return to the style of the first game, but by now John was flying and took the game to finish the match 3-0.

That was his 11th consecutive win (beating Martin Shaw’s epic run of 10 wins back to back in the 80s) and 13th win in total.

This elevates John to the position of the most successful player at the club and it was an honour to watch the game last night. Very well done to both John and Alex, and to Dave Brierly for marking (incidentally it was Dave who won in 2000-01 to stop John’s record being even more impressive).

Thursday 10th May 2012

Thursday was quarter-final night in the Main draw. #1 seed John Merriman played #5 seed Peter des Clayes. The game went with the seedings – but not before Peter had taken a game in a great match. Next up Steve Waite played Graham King. Mirroring the score of John and Peter before them, Steve went on to win 3-1 in a very close game. Last up were #3 seed Alex Finch and #6 seed Neil Piper. Despite Neil going ahead in the second, the match went to Alex 3-0 in what will be one of Alex’s toughest wins this season!

Monday 7th May 2012

In R2 of the Main draw John Merriman beat Andy Tyler – though Andy is keen the record notes he was leading at one point! Peter des Clayes and Graham Howe had an epic match, with Peter edging it 3-2 having come back from 2-0 down. In a Hollywood style “father-and-son” moment Alex demonstrated - when it comes to squash at least – experience isn’t the be-all and end-all! Neil Piper played Chris Luetchford – both handicapped in some way; Chris was nursing a sprained wrist and Neil a belly full of rhubarb crumble. The crumble won, with Chris unfortunately having to withdraw and unable to compete the match. Ady James was unable to make his fixture with Steve Waite who moves on to the QF with a walkover.Andrew Codrai and Kyle Finch were able to play their Main draw QF game early. It was a good match and Andrew at least survived this encounter this time (even though the strings on his racquet didn’t). Kyle won 3-1 to become the first player to book his place in the semi-finals.Sunday 6th May 2012

Steve Waite confirmed he beat Dilip Chakrabarti in their rearranged first round match to book his place in the second round, completing the line-up.  Number 4 seed Matt Merriman has withdrawn, putting Graham King through to the Quarter Finals. Most Round 2 games are scheduled for tomorrow.

Wednesday 2nd May 2012

Two 2nd round matches have been played early; Andrew Codrai narrowly beat Richard Harris10-8 in the 5th to book his place in the Quarter Finals. He’ll play Kyle Finch who had a great game with Nigel Lush.

Tuesday 1st May 2012

Day 2 of round 1. All 6 scheduled matches were played...with perhaps the pick being Paul and Bob's 3-2 (just going Paul's way). Focus shifts to the O35 tomorrow.

Monday 30th April 2012

Main draw is underway! 3 of 5 planned matches played tonight. The scores hide the fact there were some tough games played. Progression into the 2nd round for Andy Tyler, Graham Howe (who wins the prize for first to pay), and Graham King, with Gordon Scott, Marcus Hewitt and Rob Holmes all eligible for the Plate. Day 2 of round 1 tomorrow.