The Dragons, once again sponsored by Crowe for the 2019/20 season started the defence of their title with a convincing 4-1 win over last season’s runners’ up Outcasts.
Crowe Dragons have a new look squad this season, with two players ineligible for B league squash, one player heading up the juniors new B league squad and ex vice-captain Magnus moving to Island Exhausts in search of a higher playing position.
The returning Darren Smethurst started the night with a hard fought 3-2 victory over Stuart Highy with the final score 45-43. A strong start for Darren who is looking forward to regular B league squash this season.
At fourth string, Crowe’s own Jon Shepherd took a 3-1 victory over Pat Russel. Pat started with plenty of shots in the tin but, once he got his eye in he placed some deadly drops and took the 3rd game before Jon regained his composure to seal the win in the fourth. The final score was 45-33.
At third string, the first new recruit for Dragons saw Dave Hedley take on Peter Ginty in another five set thriller. Peter Ginty stepped in last minute after Liam Davies called up injured, and credit goes to Pete who suffered an ankle injury in last week’s Dave Karran Competition, but stepped up and nearly took a surprise victory against the higher ranked Dave. Final score finished 45-42 to Dave, the win securing 3 out of 5 games for Dragons and with it the bonus 25 points.
At second string Crowes second new recruit James Martin took a convincing 3-0 and 45-23 victory against Mark Henson who was playing up, due to the injury to Liam. The match was over before you knew it had started. A very strong start for James.
Final match-up of the night saw Nathan Quilliam take the solitary victory for Outcasts over guest player Calum Baker who is off to university later in the week. Calum has been playing some excellent squash of late which has seen him rise comfortably into the top 20 on the Island. However, Nathan Quilliam played some excellent squash once he got going to come from one down to win the match 3-1 and 45-35 overall.
The final score finished 240-186 to Crowe Dragons.
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