Bradshaw and Easton in county success

Melbourn Squash Club duo win respective titles

MELBOURN Squash Club has two members who found success at last week’s Cambs County Championships.

In the Ladies event, Kate Bradshaw produced a good semi-final performance to overwhelm a potentially dangerous opponent in Julia Dolman (Saffron Walden) 11-9 11-3 11-4. And in Saturday’s final, played at Cambridge Squash Club, Bradshaw beat Jo Scrivens (Comberton) 11-9 11-5 11-9 to become County Champion for the first time in her career.

After the match Bradshaw said: “It’s like a dream come true. I used the competition as a goal to get back in shape after having my first child 18 months ago. It was a fantastic motivator and I’m just delighted to have won.”

In the Men’s B event Dan Easton was also celebrating as he secured the title with an 11-13 11-4 11-9 12-10 victory in the final against Kane Astin (Cambridge). Melbourn’s other representative in the Men’s B competition, Ian Blows, reached the quarter-finals before going down 3-2 to Piotr Lewandowski (Cambridge).

Bradshaw was back in action on Monday evening, joining her Melbourn Ladies teammates as they were soundly beaten 4-1 at league-leaders Hunts County. Melbourn were at a disadvantage from the start, fielding only four players against a very strong Hunts team who are unbeaten this season.

Lucy Robertson and Frances Smith had their work cut out, both losing 3-0. The match was already lost before Lynne Hays went on, but she was unable to make inroads in her game, losing 3-0. That left Bradshaw to salvage some points for her team, which she did valiantly winning 3-2 in a very close and well fought contest against Wendy Bradshaw (no relation), giving a final points score of Hunts County 19-3 Melbourn.

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Ladies captain Hays commented: “This win was a very important one for Katie who, having won the County Closed Championship at the weekend, also wanted her first win against Wendy. It was not a successful night for the team, but a great weekend and match for Katie.”