This week's visitors to play S & B's 1st team were local rivals Liverpool Cricket Club Squash 1st team. With S & B in the relegation zone this match was a must win fixture for the home team. The support on the night was superb with over 40 spectators there to watch some top quality squash.
First up on the show court was Arron Ken playing the highly experienced Andy Breen. On his previous outing Arron had fallen foul of some harsh decisions from the league nominated referee. Who insisted that he make more effort to play the ball. This contributed Arron's nervous start. The 11 - 3 first game scoreline mainly due to 9 errors. The second game went to Breeny 11 - 8. The third game had a bit more about it with Arron putting his opponent under a lot more pressure; taking the game 11 - 8. But the come back was temporary with the Liverpool skipper winning it and the match. Score 5 - 11 / 8 - 11 / 11 - 8 / 5 - 11.
On court two the balcony spectators were treated to another masterclass of racket technique and superb court movement by the supremely talented Danny Massaro. His constant pressure on his opponent, Matty Powell, was far too much for the LCC player. Danny's tactic of playing very tight percentage squash and waiting for the errors gave him a convincing 3 - 0 win. Score 11 - 2 / 11 - 3 / 11 - 3.
Our number one Emyr Evans was next on the show court playing, the St Helens born, Connor Sheen. Emyr has consistently beaten Connor in their previous encounters and this meeting was no exception. There were many punishing rallies in the close first game with Emyr taking it 11 - 9. Game two saw Emyr increasing the pressure on Sheen with an 11 - 6 win. From there, there was only going to be one winner with the 3rd game going to the S & B number 1. Score 11 - 9 / 11 - 6 / 11 - 3
S & B were now 2 -1 up in the match hoping to win one of the next two matches.
Could Laura Massaro clinch victory for the home team? Not against the LCC number 2 player, Stuart McGregor (Men's world ranking 211) He's a better player than his ranking suggests and he was always on top with a 3 - 0 win Score 5- 11 / 7 - 11 / 3 - 11.
With the match now tied at 2 all it was up to S & B skipper Matty Sherman to play a captain's innings against Yorkshire Premier League player Kieran Wardman. Games 1 & 2 were a hard fought battle with Wardman's retrieving the highlight, winning them 11 - 3 / 11 - 6. Wardman was in a strong position.
Matty needed to take game 3 to stay in the hunt, which he did by playing probably his best squash of the campaign. With many punishing rallies of tight, hard hitting squash the S & B man took it 11 -6. At this stage it looked like Wardman was running out of petrol. But, as the fourth game started, it was obvious that he still had enough to finish what was another tremendous high quality scrap, which he won 11- 8.
Score 3 - 11 / 6 - 11 / 11 - 6 / 8 - 11.
Team score S & B 8 points LIverpool 14
Updated 14:45 - 18 Feb 2018 by Brian Birch