Uckfield Squash Finals included handicap, veterans, ladies’ and men’s tournaments at Freedom Leisure on Sunday, writes Stephen Holliday.
The first match was possibly the most exciting and hardest fought as one of the many juniors at Uckfield, Finn Holliday attempted to catch-up the five point deficit/handicap against Rob Payne.
As both players are always fast around courts, which were also very warm, many of the rallies were tremendously long and hard-fought. In the end though, Rob just about held Finn off to secure an 11-9, 11-9 victory.
In the Vets 45+ event, the fast-improving Rob Smillie was up against the experienced Mark Darlington. A very tight first game was edged 12-10 by Mark before winning the second a little more comfortably 11-5.
As in the handicap, the ladies event featured one of the Uckfield youngsters, Leesha Daniells, who was favourite against Sara Whibley who has only recently returned to the sport after a 17 year absence!
Leesha stormed into an early lead in the first game before Sara found her rhythm albeit a little too late as Leesha held on to win 11-8. In the second game, Sara got ahead before tiring slightly allowing Leesha to complete victory 11-9.
The men’s competition was a father-son battle between Stephen Holliday and son Finn who was in his second final of the day.
Slightly tired after his long first match, Finn nevertheless produced some excellent squash ensuring that Stephen had to work hard all the way for his 11-8, 11-7 victory.
The afternoon was completed with a short presentation of trophies.
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