Melbourn closing in on Cambs Squash League title after success over St Neots

Melbourn are closing in on the Cambs Squash League Division Two title after a win over St Neots.

Melbourn are closing in on the Cambs Squash League Division Two title after a win over St Neots. - Credit: TIM IRELAND/PA

The first-team at Melbourn Squash Club are in pole position now to take the Division Two title in the Cambs Squash League after a key win.

They beat third-placed St Neots 17-6 and with rivals Ely suffering an unexpected defeat at Cambridge, Melbourn are now four points clear at the top of the table.

They also have a game in hand, three matches left compared to Ely's two.

Ed Aspelling got them off to a fine start against St Neots with a 3-1 win, which included a perfect 15-0 score in the second game.

Skipper Mark Oppen continued that on with a fairly straight-forward 3-0 success.

Kate Bradshaw made an excellent start against a very tall and hard-hitting opponent and led 13-7 in the first game but slipping to defeat on a tie-break.

The St Neots player then wrapped up a 3-0 win and while the score didn't reflect the closeness of the match, Vinod Duraikan's 3-2 did and it took all of the Melbourn man's tenacity, fitness and will to win to edge his former Welsh masters international.

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That left Matt Sampson to wrap up the victory with a 3-0 success.

Oppen said: "St Neots are a difficult side to beat but the team delivered another excellent win that maintains our league position."

The seconds had a close encounter with Cambridge thirds, going down 3-2 in strings.

The two winners for Melbourn came in the first string, Jan Brynjolffssen recovering from losing the first game to win 3-1, and second string where Liam Murphy played some of his best squash this season, coming from 7-1 down in the first game to win 3-1.

Jamie Ware lost 3-2 after leading 2-1 and there was a rare reverse for Thomas Higginson who won the opening game but lost 3-1.

The other game saw Colm O’Gorman downed 3-0.

Second-team skipper Roger Woodfield said: "This really was a close contest. Jan and Liam got us into a strong position but Thomas and Colm were up against very strong opposition.

"The match turned on Jamie’s game and he made a great effort but was narrowly beaten 3-2.

"We were naturally disappointed to lose but, as always, we gave it our best shot."