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arrow pointing leftBack 10 July 17 - by Admin Silverchip

National Squash 57 Championships – report and results

Winners and runners-up at the National Squash 57 Championships in Birmingham

Mike Harris took home the National Squash 57 Championships trophy after a thrilling 3-2 win against Ted Jeal in Birmingham.

Deon Saffery claimed the women’s title after fighting back from 1-0 down to beat Zoe Mellis at Edgbaston Priory.

More than 150 players competed across 18 categories in the prestigious event, formerly known as the National Racketball Championships, held at the Priory and the University of Birmingham.

An entertaining finals day included a nail-biting decider for the Men’s Open title between top seed Jeal and second seed Harris. The favourite took the lead with an 11/7 score in the first game before Harris took the initiative to level the match, before Jeal won a tense third game 12/10 to take a 2-1 lead. Two commanding 11/2 wins in the last two games gave Harris a 7/11, 11/7, 10/12, 11/2, 11/2 victory.

Women's Open winner Deon Saffery and Men's Open champion Mike Harris

In the Women’s Open, Saffery, a former World No.42 ranked squash player, came from a game down to defeat Mellis 7/11, 11/6, 11/7, 12/10. Another highlight on the last day of action came in the MO40 final, with Jonathan Gallacher winning an enthralling five-setter 5/11, 13/11, 11/5, 8/11, 11/7 against Christian Turner.

See below for the full set of results.

Results

Men’s Open – Mike Harris beat Ted Jeal 7/11, 11/7, 10/12, 11/2, 11/2

Women’s Open – Deon Saffery beat Zoe Mellis 7/11, 11/6, 11/7, 12/10

MO35 – Ryan Loska beat Colin Griggs 5/11, 11/2, 11/4, 11/4

MO40 – Jonathan Gallacher beat Christian Turner 5/11, 13/11, 11/5, 8/11, 11/7

MO45 – Michael Harris beat James Powley 11/5, 8/11, 11/5, 11/9

MO50 – Neil Baldwin beat Dan Fernandez 11/7, 11/2, 11/5

MO55 – Patrick Osborn beat John Cordeaux 7/11, 12/10, 11/7, 11/6

MO60 – Peter Scott beat Lyn Stockham 6/11, 11/4, 11/6, 11/6

MO65 – Ian Graham beat Graham Greensall 11/7, 11/9, 11/9

MO70 – Bob Astbury beat Jack Clay 8/11, 13/11, 11/9, 6/11, 11/7

MO75 – Anthony Thomas beat Gordon Stringer 11/6, 11/4, 11/4

WO50 – Lesley Sturgess beat Helen Cann 11/9, 11/6, 11/9


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WO35 round robin – winner: Elspeth Edwards, runner-up: Debbie Hale

WO40 round robin – winner: Sarah Taylor, runner-up – Sarah Roberton

WO45 round robin – winner: Nicki Faux, runner-up – Helen Cann

WO55 round robin – winner: Lesley Sturgess, runner-up: Gail Drage

WO60 round robin – winner: Rosie Connell, runner-up: Bett Dryhurst