Bell hits high note

Jack Bell has been named as Heywood Sports and Racquet Club's Squash Club Champion for 2009. Bell, 18, didn't drop a game on the way to the final with straight set victories over Joe Robinson, Martin Fairweather, Andrew Whiting and Duncan Briggs before his opponent last Saturday Andy O'Toole (twice previous winner in 2003 and 2004) fell victim to injury which forced him to withdraw naming Bell as the champion.

Jack Bell has been named as Heywood Sports and Racquet Club's Squash Club Champion for 2009.

Bell, 18, didn't drop a game on the way to the final with straight set victories over Joe Robinson, Martin Fairweather, Andrew Whiting and Duncan Briggs before his opponent last Saturday Andy O'Toole (twice previous winner in 2003 and 2004) fell victim to injury which forced him to withdraw naming Bell as the champion.

In the Men's Doubles Nigel Thomson and Tom Bobbins regained their title winning the tournament for the second year running. The pair beat Martin Fairweather and Marc Channell, Andrew and Jill Whiting, Austyn Jenkins and Richard Cutts before receiving a walkover against Steve Bartrum and Andy O'Toole.

Veterans' champion was John Shaw as he overcame Nigel Thomson in four games to take the title for the first time, meanwhile in the junior events it was the Hunt brothers that did the double, Thomas beat Daniel Mobbs in the Under-15's while Sam beat Oliver Boardman in the Under-11's both by three games to one.


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In the Handicap Plate Singles, Richard Cole (-15) played his doubles partner Ian Barker (-15) with Cole the victor before the two came together and paired up in the final of the Plate Doubles but were beaten 3-1 in a close encounter by Marc Channell and Martin Fairweather.

Meanwhile, Jack Bell made it three out of three, winning his third straight consecutive Norfolk Junior Squash Grand Prix.

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His unbeaten run now stretches to three months as he took the title at Fakenham where he beat home player Adam Sinkins 3-0 in the final to consolidate his place at the top of the Norfolk junior squash rankings.

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