First of all I would like to thank: Oneleisure St Ives, England Squash and Racketball, UK—Racketball, Mr Derek Darnell, and the St Ivo Racquets Club. There are more I could mention too but there isn't enough space to list everyone! Most of all I would like to say thank you to the competitors and Matt Dixon for your help and support.
With last year’s A grade winner not taking part the title was wide open! Everyone was excited and a competitive field meant many were in with a chance. Eight competitors in the A grade were whittled down to the final two before John Dewis from St Ivo saw off Charlie Farrow from Spalding 3 nil to take the title. John was the strongest player all day and in the end deserved the win.
In the A plate Akhtar Khokhar from Woodford Wells overcame Matt Dixon from St Ivo in five gruelling games to eventually win 3-2 with some tidy shots eventually wearing Matt down.
In the B grade a field of sixteen players saw Mike English from Milton Keynes showed his class to defeat Clyde Finch from Spalding in the final 3 nil. Clyde worked hard but Mike just had too much, after only entering as a late replacement!
In the plate Phil Lewis from Harwich beat Sohain Tabassum from West Herts to take the title for the second successive year.
The Over 50s had ten entrants and the final saw Mike English and Akthar Khokhar battle it out. Both players came on straight from their B grade and A plate finals respectively and neither refused to slow down, but Mike eventually was able to take the title in straight games.
In the plate Matt Boucher from Cambridge beat Alex Livingstone from Kirkwall 3 game to 2 with some high quality play. Byron