Squash club make their mark in league

Daventry Squash Club first team
Daventry Squash Club first team

DAVENTRY Squash Club enjoyed a successful season on the whole in the Northants Squash League with three of the six teams challenging for honours.

Ryan Spragg captained the first team for the sixth season and the team was bolstered by the arrival of Guy Pearson as the new club number one.

The team had a storming first-half of the season where they were unbeaten.

As the season wore on one or two key injuries were picked up within the squad which led to a much tougher second-half of the season.

It went all down to the last game with Daventry going into the match two points ahead of their nearest rivals Kettering who were also their opponents.

On the day Kettering were too strong and took the county title by winning the match 3–2 and overhauling Daventry in the table by a mere two points but it was still a season to be proud of.

In the second division, Daventry had two teams competing, the second and third teams.

Daventry second team proved too strong and only lost twice all season, finishing a very respectable 26 points ahead of nearest opposition with key performances coming from Nick Murley at number one and Neal Malone at number two among others.

Daventry third team also had a very good season finishing in a very respectable third place with sterling performances throughout the season including Simon Wallis, Stewart Williams and Joe Bodensteins.

The two teams in Division Three were not to fair quite so well. Daventry fourth team faired the better of the two finishing mid table.

It was a tough season for the fourth team with injuries taking their toll and the team having to fight for every point.

The recruitment of new players towards the end of the season helped with the introduction of James Rodgers making his first team appearances for the club.

Number one Keith Morgan had a strong season along with Ben Smallwood and Anthony Nesbitt.

The fifth team had a luckless campaign and, despite strong performances from the likes of Dave McQuillan, they struggled to find form and finished bottom of the table.

The sixth team once again competed in the fourth division and were crowned champions, taking the title by 14 points and only losing three times all season.

In his first season as captain Gerry O Donnell maintained a consistent team throughout with Steve Loydall proving a strong number one and Ben Humpage an excellent number two. Nigel Berriman had a strong season at number three.

Team captain Gerry O Donnell completed the five regulars and despite a groin strain managed to battle on to the end of the season.

If you would like to join Daventry squash and racketball club to play either in teams, internal leagues or as a friendly, contact the committee via the club website daventrysquashclub.co.uk or Steve Wightman on 07846 165232.