CATHY Macmillan was the star performer at the Horsham Squash Club closed tournament, retaining her Ladies Singles title for a fourth successive year.
She ran out 3-0 winners in each of her matches in the round robin format to lift the title.
James Norman was hot on the heels of Macmillan’s feat, with a fourth consecutive men’s singles crown when he beat james Tapsfield in a tight final. Both players had close semi-finals coming through 3-2 in both cases and so it looked like this would be a closely contested final. Norman took a nervy first game which featured a string of unforced errors. In the second game, Tapsfield got into his stride and started to play some exquisite drop shots, going on to win it 9-8. Norman’s pressure forced errors in the third, which he took before seizing the initiative in fourth game. He dominated a 9-2 win and lifted the title again. The plate final, C & D events saw wins for Chris Mason (3-2), Richard Reynolds (3-1) and Jonny Scott 3-0.
The Men’s Doubles saw a record entry and some fiercely competitive matches, with the top two seeds of Rob and James Norman, and Adam Vinten and Simon Hughes, reaching the final. With nothing between the two pairs the match became a waiting game, both teams hoping for an error. In the end Vinten & Hughes prevailed 3-1 in a closely fought match lasting more than an hour. The plate, C & D events were also closely contested with 3-2 wins for Peter Powell/Simon Catterall, Richard Reynolds/Graham Marrs and Dave Chaffer/Mike Verney respectively.
Defending Veterans champion Roger Hainsworth lost his title in a close battle against Simon Hughes, who saw a 2-0 lead halved before his experience and varied shot play took the match 3-1. The remaining Vets finals, the plate and C & D events, saw victories for Tim Pavlovic (3-1), John Barnbrook (3-1) and Terry Hainsworth (3-2).
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