Old boy List and debutant Yeo lift Gainsborough’s prestigious squash trophies

SQUASH is still popular in Gainsborough.
SQUASH is still popular in Gainsborough.

Old boys Nigel List and Kevin Blanchard fought out the final in the prestigious annual cup and plate knockout competition for squash players from Gainsborough and surrounding areas.

The month-long competition, which is for players of all abilities who are seeded and given a handicap, attracted 21 entries and culminated in semi-finals and finals on the same night.

The format sees all players who win their first round matches progressing into the cup part of the tournament, while the losers go into the plate section.

List (minus-14 in the handicap) took the first two games of the cup final and although Blanchard (minus-four) made him work hard, showing a never-say-die attitude to win the third game, a 3-1 victory was wrapped up on the fourth.

Meanwhile the plate final pitted long-standing Gainsborough player James Wray, who had a handicap of minus-nine, against first-time entrant James Yeo (plus-five).

Yeo took the first two games, and after Wray had fought back to level, the debutant won the deciding game to lift the trophy at his first attempt.

Players and spectators enjoyed a fine night of entertainment. Special thanks must go to the management and staff of West Lindsey Leisure Centre, who supported the competition and laid on drinks and a superb buffet.

The organisers now hope to follow up the tournament by setting up some squash leagues in the town. Anyone interested should ring List on 07515 476060.