The girls of Manningtree High School will be flying the flag for Essex at this year’s England Schools Squash Championshis finals.

The team of Elli Barrott, Hattie Callen, Hannah Morley, Libby Connor and Rosie Snook, who are all Essex Junior Squash county players, secured their place in the national Under 15’s finals with a resounding 5-0 win over Berkshire’s Bradield College in a second-stage encounter at the Colchester Garrison last week.

All five girls notched impressive 3-0 wins and head to the finals in March in confident mood. And Manningtree’s U-15 boys could be joining them. They face Eton College at The Garrison next week with a place in the finals up for grabs.