22/23 Winter Squash Season Round Up

27 April 2023

As ever the Winter squash season provided some fantastic squash, fabulous entertainment, and lots of camaraderie amongst the teams. At one point we were in the hunt for three trophies but for the first time since the Club opened ended up with none! Read on for a roundup of how all the teams got on….

Bedfordshire League Division 1

Club Towers 1, former winners of the Beds League, were once again plagued by injury and availability issues which really curtailed any chance of a serious title challenge. Lots of good and enjoyable squash throughout the season though and a comfortable mid-table finish for CT1.

Club Towers 2 on the other hand managed to steer clear of injuries. They were looking a good bet to retain the title they won last year but fell at the final hurdle. This was one of the closest finishes to the Beds league for a long time with Flitwick, Open University and Club Towers 2 all pretty much neck and neck heading into the last 3 games of the season, with the teams all having to play each other as well. Unfortunately, CT2 lost two close matches to Flitwick and OU ending their title charge.

Congratulations to the winners, Flitwick, who took the title by beating Open University in a thrilling last match of the season decider.

Bedfordshire League Division 2

This year for the first time the Club entered two sides into division 2 and it proved to be a good move with several players getting to experience team squash for the first time in the Club Towers 4 team. Captained by Alex Buckhurst, the team finished bottom but competed very well, and in their first season managed to win two matches which was a real positive. They will no doubt be stronger next year for the experience.

Club Towers 3 once again led by Babs Rai had another good season, finishing 3rd in the table. There was a reasonable gap though to the top two and a strong Biggleswade 2 side took the title.

Cambridgeshire League

Boosted by the addition of Ethan Rose to the side (whose incredible speed and athleticism was quite something to see!) the team got off to a flying start winning all 9 of their matches in the first half of the season. Incredibly, this was still not enough to be top of the table! The Cambridge University side were very strong and despite us beating them at home they were winning all their other matches so convincingly they accrued enough points to sit above Club Towers in the table. The victory at home against the Uni in front of a bumper crowd was certainly one of the highlights of the season.

Unfortunately, we lost Ethan for the second half as his focus switched to Badminton and the team picked up a few other injuries too. As a result, our challenge for a first Cambs league title faded but a final position of 3rd represented another strong season.

Cambridgeshire Cup

Now this competition is getting annoying! Really annoying!! We were hoping it would be a case of 3rd time lucky as the team reached the final for the third year running. Sadly, yet again we lost out in a close 3-2 match against a very strong Hunts County side.

There was certainly plenty of good squash and successes to celebrate across the various teams this year and hopefully, everyone comes back fit and ready for another crack at some silverware in September.

Finally, a note of thanks to all those that came and supported the teams during the season. A bit of support and some atmosphere really does make a big difference to a match night and is much appreciated by the teams.