Essex book three boys’ teams into Inter-Counties Stage 2

By LEE HORTON

THREE Essex teams made it through to Stage Two of the Boys’  Inter-Counties National competition on Sunday.

Our Under-13’s led the way at Ipswich Squash Club going through their three-match programme for the loss of just one point. Coach Dave Webster’s team opened their account with a 5-0 win over Herts and then came through a fearsome battle with Surrey. Although we won 4-1, every match was tight with a tough Surrey side pushing us all the way. We wrapped up our day with a 5-0 win over Suffolk much to the delight of our team Joel Braddock, Yusuf Sheikh, Josh Stephens, Stanley Sykes, Daniel Caton and Caleb Belcher.

Coach Paul Selby took charge of the Essex Under-15 team of Oliver Green, Travis Tatum, Harry Martin, Zaid Mushtaq and Brandon Higgins-Pearce. We had a sixth player, Michael Tallentire, unfortunately none of the other teams brought a reserve. After a comfortable 5-0 opener against hosts Hertfordshire, we were edged 3-2 by Suffolk but re-grouped to claim top spot in the table thanks to another 5-0 win over Cambridgeshire,

The Essex U-17’s were in action at Connaught Squash Club. With Lauren Selby at the helm, the boys top and tailed their day with wins over Herts and Oxfordshir, 5-0 and 3-2 respectively. However, the team of Haydon Smith, Harry Kitchens, Tom Bacon, Charlie Martin, Tom Bird and Jamie Carroll were soundly beaten by Buckinghamshire with only Harry taking a couple of games off  his opponent. However, their performance was good enough for a place in Stage Two.

The Essex Under-19’s were hotly fancied to reach this year’s National Finals but alas, we fell at the first hurdle. Due to a communication faux pas, we arrived at Moreton Hall in Suffolk with only four players. That proved too tough tough a hurdle with the team of Aaron Allpress, Joe Blackmur, Conor Adams and Clayton Hunt surrendering matches in every rubber and eventually missing out on Stage Two by a single point. Both Cambridge and Suffolk finished on 42 points and must have thought Christmas has come very early with Essex behind on 41 points. The four Essex boys put in brilliant and brave performances but the task proved to beyond them. A disappointing end to what had been a fabulous weekend’s work by Essex juniors.

RESULTS, TABLES A MATCH SCORES BELOW. For a full list of all Inter-County results go to http://junioricc.countyleagues.co.uk/

Boys U13 Region 3 – Stage 1

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Essex U-13’s: Stanley Sykes, Joel Braddock, Yusef Sheikh, Josh Stephens, Daniel Caton, Caleb Belcher and coach Dave Webster

Group A P W L D F A Pen Total
1 Essex 3 3 0 0 57 15 0 57
2 Surrey 1 3 2 1 0 48 24 0 48
3 Suffolk HOST 3 1 2 0 23 46 0 23
4 Hertfordshire 3 0 3 0 14 57 0 14
Nom Suffolk Nom Essex Result Games
1-3 Matthew Woolf 1-3 Joshua Stephens 2 3 11/13 11/8 11/8 6/11 9/11
1-4 Matthew Bartley 1-4 Stanley Sykes 0 3 5/11 4/11 1/11
1-1 Nero Harms 1-1 Joel Braddock 0 3 11/13 5/11 0/11
1-2 Hugo Andersson 1-2 Yusuf Sheikh 0 3 9/11 6/11 8/11
1-5 Ollie Scrivener 1-6 Caleb Belcher 0 3 2/11 3/11 7/11
View Full Details Result: 2 20
Nom Essex Nom Hertfordshire Result Games
1-3 Joshua Stephens 1-3 Euan Turner 3 1 10/12 11/6 11/9 11/3
1-1 Joel Braddock 1-1 Oliver Sanders 3 0 11/2 11/1 11/7
1-2 Yusuf Sheikh 1-2 Joe Randall 3 2 11/8 12/14 7/11 11/8 11/6
1-5 Daniel Caton 1-5 Karan Bhagat 3 0 11/3 11/4 11/3
1-4 Stanley Sykes 1-4 Ethan Duncan 3 0 11/6 11/5 11/6
View Full Details Result: 20 3
Nom Essex Nom Surrey 1 Result Games
1-3 Joshua Stephens 1-3 Elliott Roberts 3 2 10/12 11/8 9/11 14/12 11/5
1-1 Joel Braddock 1-1 Timothy Lloyd 3 2 11/5 11/7 9/11 13/15 11/6
1-2 Yusuf Sheikh 1-2 Christopher Chak 3 2 6/11 11/9 14/12 10/12 11/8
1-5 Daniel Caton 1-6 Sonny Flint 0 3 7/11 7/11 6/11
1-4 Stanley Sykes 1-5 Tom Forman 3 1 9/11 11/7 11/5 11/7
View Full Details Result: 17 10

 

Boys U15 Region 3 – Stage 1

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Essex Under-15’s Ollie Green, Travis Tatum, Zaid Mushtaq, Brandon Higgins-Pearce and Harry Martin

Group A P W L D F A Pen Total
1 Essex 3 2 1 0 46 16 0 46
2 Suffolk 3 3 0 0 43 18 0 43
3 Cambridgeshire 3 1 2 0 28 36 0 28
4 Hertfordshire HOST 3 0 3 0 8 55 0 8
View Results Summary | View Results Detail Host Venue: Bishop’s Stortford Squash & Racketball Club
Nom Hertfordshire Nom Essex Result Games
1-1 Zan Farooqi 1-1 Oliver Green 0 3 6/11 5/11 7/11
1-2 Josh Ben 1-2 Travis Tatum 0 3 7/11 9/11 7/11
1-3 Sam Parker 1-4 Harry Martin 0 3 3/11 2/11 5/11
1-4 Luke Hensman 1-3 Zaid Mushtaq 0 3 3/11 2/11 6/11
1-5 Thor Sandergaard 1-5 Brandon Higgins-Pearce 0 3 3/11 3/11 6/11
View Full Details Result: 0 20
Nom Essex Nom Suffolk Result Games
1-1 Oliver Green 1-1 Josh Perkins 0 3 5/11 6/11 7/11
1-2 Travis Tatum 1-2 Kian Howard 0 3 4/11 7/11 8/11
1-4 Harry Martin 1-3 Tate Harms 0 3 2/11 2/11 4/11
1-3 Zaid Mushtaq 1-4 William Steward 3 0 11/0 11/0 11/3
1-5 Brandon Higgins-Pearce 1-5 Luke Russell 3 0 11/2 11/3 11/0
View Full Details Result: 6 14
Nom Essex Nom Cambridgeshire Result Games
1-1 Oliver Green 1-1 THOMAS RAMSAY 3 1 11/4 7/11 11/1 11/2
1-2 Travis Tatum 1-2 MAX FENTON-STONE 3 0 12/10 11/9 11/3
1-4 Harry Martin 1-3 HARRY ROBSON 3 1 14/12 4/11 11/6 11/4
1-3 Zaid Mushtaq 1-4 OLIVER RAMSAY 3 0 14/12 11/9 11/2
1-5 Brandon Higgins-Pearce 1-5 DANIEL SARKISSIAN 3 0 11/2 11/0 11/6
View Full Details Result: 20 2

Boys U17 Region 3 – Stage 1

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Essex Under-17s Boy Band: Harry Kitchens, Tom Bird, Charlie Martin, Timmy Bacon, Haydon Smith and Jamie Carroll

Group A P W L D F A Pen Total
1 Buckinghamshire 3 3 0 0 60 4 0 60
2 Essex HOST 3 2 1 0 39 28 0 39
3 Oxfordshire 3 1 2 0 22 44 0 22
4 Hertfordshire 3 0 3 0 10 55 0 10
View Results Summary | View Results Detail Host Venue: The Connaught Club
Nom Essex Nom Hertfordshire Result Games
1-1 Haydon Smith 1-1 Owen Ledger 3 2 11/7 12/10 9/11 11/13 11/4
1-2 Harry Kitchens 1-3 David Maxen 3 0 11/5 11/6 11/5
1-3 Charlie Martin 1-4 Lucas Farrimond 3 0 11/8 11/3 11/6
1-5 Tom Bird (walkover) 3 0
1-6 Jamie Carroll (walkover) 3 0
View Full Details Result: 20 2
Nom Essex Nom Buckinghamshire Result Games
1-1 Haydon Smith 1-1 Marcus Connor 0 3 5/11 5/11 9/11
1-2 Harry Kitchens 1-2 William Piper 2 3 11/7 8/11 11/5 8/11 8/11
1-3 Charlie Martin 1-3 William Smith 0 3 11/13 8/11 5/11
1-4 Timmy Bacon 1-4 Jasper Kettle 0 3 5/11 4/11 4/11
1-6 Jamie Carroll 1-5 Thomas Walter 0 3 6/11 7/11 14/16
View Full Details Result: 2 20
Nom Essex Nom Oxfordshire Result Games
1-1 Haydon Smith 1-1 Marcus Tranter 1 3 11/7 6/11 5/11 5/11
1-2 Harry Kitchens 1-2 Nicholas Harbour 3 0 11/5 11/9 11/7
1-3 Charlie Martin 1-3 Peter Kutkovskyy 3 0 11/5 11/2 11/0
1-4 Timmy Bacon 1-4 Ben Perkins 2 3 12/14 11/5 8/11 11/7 6/11
1-5 Tom Bird 1-5 Nikhil Vyas 3 0 15/13 11/5 11/8
Result: 17 6

Boys U19 Region 2 – Stage 1

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Essex U-19’s: Clayton Hunt, Joe Blackmur (back row) Conor Adams, Paul Allen (coach) and Aarron Allpress

Group C P W L D F A Pen Total
1 Cambridgeshire 3 2 1 0 42 30 0 42
2 Suffolk HOST 3 2 1 0 42 33 0 42
3 Essex 3 2 1 0 41 31 0 41
4 Norfolk 3 0 3 0 20 51 0 20
Host Venue: Moreton Hall Health Club

 

Nom Suffolk Nom Essex Result Games
1-1 Gus Beecroft 1-1 Aaron Allpress 3 2 7/11 11/7 11/8 4/11 20/18
1-2 Billy Beecroft 1-2 Joe Blackmur 1 3 11/9 9/11 2/11 3/11
1-3 Isac Andersson 1-3 Conor Adams 3 1 11/9 9/11 11/6 11/3
1-4 Harrison Gladding 1-5 Clayton Hunt 3 1 8/11 13/11 11/7 11/7
1-5 Harry Chatwin (walkover) 3 0
Result: 18 7

 

Nom Cambridgeshire Nom Essex Result Games
1-1 SCOTT DREWERY 1-1 Aaron Allpress 2 3 11/5 12/10 7/11 9/11 5/11
1-8 EDWARD WHEELER 1-2 Joe Blackmur 0 3 2/11 1/11 0/11
1-6 JOSH ABBS 1-3 Conor Adams 0 3 8/11 4/11 8/11
1-4 JOSH JENKINS 1-5 Clayton Hunt 1 3 11/7 4/11 7/11 5/11
1-5 MIKEY SARKISSIAN (walkover) 3 0
View Full Details Result: 6 17

 

Nom Essex Nom Norfolk Result Games
1-1 Aaron Allpress 1-1 William Henden 3 2 2/11 11/8 11/13 11/9 11/8
1-2 Joe Blackmur 1-2 Robert Thirst 3 2 11/7 10/12 10/12 11/2 11/8
1-3 Conor Adams 1-3 Oliver Gollop 3 0 11/6 11/2 11/1
1-5 Clayton Hunt 1-4 Olly Farmer 3 0 11/7 11/6 11/5
(walkover) 1-5 Philip Davis 0 3
View Full Details Result: 17 7