Shocks at junior squash open

There were a number of shock results in the second weekend of the Suffolk Junior Squash Open.With the under-13s and U17s having played the previous weekend, it was the turn of the county's U15 and U19 players to battle it out at Ipswich Sports Club.

There were a number of shock results in the second weekend of the Suffolk Junior Squash Open.

With the under-13s and U17s having played the previous weekend, it was the turn of the county's U15 and U19 players to battle it out at Ipswich Sports Club.

The boys' competitions were full of surprises as two unseeded players went on to take the titles.

In the U15 competition, both Joshua Anderson-Rose and Owain Taylor, the number one and two seeds respectively, were ousted in the first round.

These two went on to contest a closely fought plate final, where Anderson-Rose was able to maintain his top ranking over his Essex opponent.

The U15 boys' final was contested by two unseeded players in the form of Norfolk's Harry Taylor and Buckinghamshire's Josh Ryan.

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Ipswich Sports Club squash coach Martin Levens said: “Josh dominated the final throughout and if he keeps his admirable squash brain working as his muscles develop then he really will be a force to be reckoned with.”

The boys U19 competition also saw the number one seed unceremoniously dumped out in the first round, Robert Dadds losing to the unseeded Peter Dickinson.

Dickinson went on to win the competition, beating number three seed Charlie Wyatt. Buckinhamshire's Wyatt had beaten the much-improved Ahmed El-Refee from Cambridgeshire in the semi-final but, although the final was of the highest quality, Wyatt couldn't quite stay with Dickinson's pace in the final.

After the first two games were shared, Dickinson's stamina took him away from Wyatt and he ran out a deserved 3-1 winner.

This result was less of a shock as Dickinson, a well known player in the locality, was only out of the seedings after an enforced three month break, caused by a rugby injury, saw him drop down the rankings.

The girl's events were much clearer and, by and large, the competitions went to their seedings.

In the U15s, Natalie Machin proved too strong for Anna Kimberley in a 3-0 win, while in the U19s, Byrony Johnson, although somewhat flummoxed by Else Van Es's retrieving ability in the first, eventually proved too good and ran out a 3-1 winner.

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