Sussex Menís County closed squash championships 2008/09

 

 

The menís county closed took place on 24/25 Jan at Chichester Racquets and Fitness Club for the first time, and although the top professionals were not available this season the draw still boasted a competitive field

Top seed was Ben Hutton of Corals with club mate Dave Mann at 2 and Chichester pair Steve Wykes and Simon Randall at 3 and 4 respectively.

The opening round went to form with none of the top players troubled pick of the round was Tony Adams 3-1 win over Paul Wykes both from Chichester.

In to the quarter finals with the top 3 seeds progressing untroubled although Steve Wykes made a meal out of his 3-2 win over Chichesterís Nick Smith, however 4th seed Simon Randall lost out 9-7 in the 5th to up and coming junior Ryan Whiteley of Corals.

 

The semi finals followed on the Sunday morning and top seed Ben Hutton played almost error free squash to defeat Whiteley 9/2 9/0 9/2

Dave Mann (2) v Steve Wykes (3) proved to be a great match with Mann taking a 2 games to 1 lead before Wykes fought back to take the 4th and 5th 9/3 9/1

So to the final and the question was did Wykes have enough gas in the tank to beat a player who was relatively fresh, the answer almost

Both players started out playing brilliant squash and sharing the opening two games before Wykes made a big push to take the 3rd, the effort of this and the mornings semi had taken its toll and although 1-2 down Hutton upped the speed and pace to take the last reserves out of his opponent taking the 4th and 5th 9/0 9/2.

 

So Ben Hutton is the new Sussex County Champion and his name joins alot of other great players on the magnificent cup congratulations to him.

As for Steve Wykes a great performance and at 19 year of age his day will surely come.

 

The plate event produced some competitive matches with 4 Chichester players in the semis. Paul Wykes defeated Alex Fuller 3-0 and Leon Haylock beat Sam Wall in a very competitive 3-1. The Final was one match too many for Haylock and Wykes experience saw him through 3-1 to take the plate competition.

 

A good weekends Squash, many thanks to Chichester for hosting the event, and to all the players for participating and everyone that marked.

A special thank you to Malcolm Whiteley for volunteering his services and marking the final

 

Mike Phillips

Event Organiser