Yorkshire Squash League: Pontefract routed by newly-crowned champions Chapel Allerton

CHAPEL ALLERTON marked their first Yorkshire Squash League title for nine years in style this week when they completed their season with a 17-5 rout of third-placed Pontefract.


Having clinched the trophy last week, the Leeds club made it four wins in a row and then heard that Reward were going to sponsor them again next season.

“This is really welcome news and we thank Reward very much for their continued support,” said Chapel Allerton team captain Simon Parke.

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“I’d like to personally thank every player that played a part this season. It’s been an amazing season and hopefully we can continue on into next season.”

Parke, the former world No 3, helped his club to their convincing victory with a 3-0 drubbing of Lewis Doughty at number four.

Declan Christie, voted Chapel Allerton’s Player of the Season, had got the Leeds outfit off to the perfect start with a 3-1 victory over 14-year-old Sam Todd, the US Junior Open Under-15 champion.

In between, Stuart MacGregor overcame Alex Hodgetts 3-1. After Owain Taylor had succumbed 3-0 to Neil Cordell, Mark Fuller closed proceedings by outclassing Taminder Gata Aura in straight games.

Pontefract now face a battle to hang on to third place, as Barnsley trail them by only seven points with one round to go following their 20-4 home demolition of Queens this week.

Joel Makin, Chris Fuller, Miles Jenkins, Tom Bamford and Phil Bowker completed a clean sweep, defeating Patrick Rooney 3-0, Matt Sidaway 3-1, Connor Sheen 3-1, David Hymas and Lewis Scott 3-2 respectively.

At the other end of the table, Abbeydale 2nds look certain to finish bottom after they crashed 19-4 at Pontefract 2nds and Abbeydale’s first team overpowered Hull and East Riding 19-7.

Abbeydale 1sts moved level with eighth-placed Hull and ER thanks to wins from Guhan Sethikumar, Oli Turner, Murray Scott and Tom Turner over Yusef Forster (3-0), Fiona Moverley (3-1), Glyn Saunders (3-2) and Farouk Forster (3-1). Harry Falconer prevented a whitewash by beating Kyle Finch 3-2.

Meanwhile at Pontefract, the home side’s match-winners were Adam Taylor, Matt Godson, Ben Sockett and Millen Randell, who defeated Phil Scully (3-0), Nick King (3-0), James Biggin (3-0) and Mark Tasker (3-1). Sam Watts scored Abbeydale 2nds’ consolation success by edging out Sam Watts 3-2.