Yorkshire Squash League: Barnsley made to wait for what seems certain title triumph

Hallamshire reduced Barnsley's lead at the top of the Allam Marine Yorkshire Squash League to 16 points this week, but Barnsley still look certain to win the trophy for only the second time in their history.

Monday, 21st March 2016, 8:37 pm
Updated Monday, 21st March 2016, 8:44 pm

The leaders face rock-bottom Heaton in their final fixture next week and the Bradford club have won only one match all season.

This week Barnsley battled to a 16-8 home triumph against Abbeydale, with Ashley Davies, Tom Bamford and Oli Harris sealing the five bonus points with victories over Matthew Broadberry (3-0), Adam Turner (3-2) and Oli Turner (3-0).

Adam Murrills and Nick Wall junior ensured the match went the full distance, though, by overcoming South African Shaun le Roux 3-2 and Millie Tomlinson 3-0.

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Meanwhile, Hallamshire registered a more comfortable 18-8 success at Hull and East Riding, where Mark and Chris Fuller, Alex Cutts and Jack Alcock defeated Harry Falconer 3-2, Fi Moverley 3-0, Glyn Saunders 3-1 and Yusef Forster 3-2.

Paul Norton notched the home team’s consolation victory at No 5, by a 3-1 margin against Dan Lawrence.

Barnsley and Hallamshire are now well clear of the chasing pack, as defending champions Dunnington slumped to an 18-8 loss at Queens to fall 52 points behind Hallamshire in third place.

James Earles, Connor Sheen and Sarah Campion guided the Halifax outfit home by beating Gareth Lumsdon 3-0, Ed Shannon 3-0 and Matthew Stephenson 3-2.

Danny Hockborn and Nathan Hill kept the York team’s hopes alive with 3-2 wins over Matt Sidaway and Tom Whiteley.

The night’s other match ended in another heavy defeat for Heaton. They crashed 20-3 at Chapel Allerton, who fielded former world No 2 Jenny Duncalf at No 3.

The current world No 16 was one of three straight-games winners, defeating Mathew Powell, while Eddie Charlton and Dom Hamilton overpowered Stuart Macgregor and Phil Bowker.

The other two rubbers ended in a 3-2 success for former world No 3 Simon Parke over Isaac Rawcliffe and a 3-1 victory for Adam Wellstead over Darren King.

The Pontefract derby was postponed until April 6.