Cambridgeshire Cup Proves Elusive for Club Towers

5 April 2022

After a respectable 4th place finish in the Cambridgeshire Squash Division 1 this year, the team’s attention turned to the Cup competition and the finals day on 26th March.

The cup competition is contested by all the teams from Divisions 1 and 2 in the Cambridge League and is played over the season, with semi-finals and finals held as an end of season finale. It is a tournament the team have traditionally fared well in, having reached the final last time it was played, narrowly losing out 3-2 to the University side on that occasion.

The finals day this year was hosted at Peterborough Squash Club and had the usual packed schedule with the Ladies’ finals and Division 3&4 finals also being played. It is always a great day of squash and a highlight of the squash calendar.

Our semi-final was played in the morning against St Ivo and a team of Steve Davies, Bruce St Leger, Jasper Kettle, Matt Towers and Ryan Pescod triumphed 4-1, moving safely through to the final against Hunts County who had beaten March in the other semi.

The match against Hunts County looked like it would be very close on paper and so it transpired. Ryan Pescod got us off to a winning start with a hard fought and at times nail biting 3-1 victory. Meanwhile, Matt was embroiled in his usual 5 set battle against John Williams. The pair seem to meet regularly and are very closely matched. Unfortunately, Matt was on the wrong end of this one and Hunts County levelled the tie up at 1-1.

Next up were Will Montgomery and Jasper Kettle. Jasper went about things with his customary all out attack and fast paced approach against another young and talented opponent. It was a terrific match, but an array of fantastic drops from Hunts’ Malik Bilen proved the difference with Jasper losing 3-1 in the end. Will Montgomery however, kept the match alive and put in one of his best performances of the season to beat Colin Griggs 3-2. Earlier in the season Will had lost 3-0 to Colin but came to this match with a fresh set of tactics and played superbly to go into a 2-0 lead. Colin pegged him back to 2-2 before Will held his nerve to take the match 3-2.

It was all set up for a decider with the number 1’s heading on to court. In normal circumstances you couldn’t wish for a better culmination to a final…. the only problem being Hunts had Rob Dadds in their side! Rob was drafted in at the last minute after losing in a PSA event on Friday night in Newcastle and is without doubt a level above anyone else in the Cambridge Leagues. Despite some good squash and maximum effort from Steve it ended with a rather inevitable 3-0 loss and a case of close but not close enough once again for the team.

Third time lucky next year…………