Abingdon, April 2013
Congratulations to the Oxfordshire BU15 team, who beat Northamptonshire (4-1) and lost to Northumbria (3-2) and Suffolk (5-0) to finished 3rd in the 2012/2013 BU15 Intercounties Trophy Final. The team of Ben H, Jacob C, Marcus T, Louis V and James C were only a couple of points away from finishing 2nd. Player of the day was Jacob, who won 2 of his 3 matches, only narrowly losing the third, despite being very sick the previous night.
The first tie was against Northumbria. Marcus, playing at number 3 string despite being only 11 years old, played exceptional squash to win 3-0 against Max Forster, who had played number 2 for the NE U13s at the Inter-regionals a few weeks before. Number 1, Ben lost to Michael Mattimore, the number 19 in the country, and Louis lost to Matthew Carr at number 4. Jacob beat Joe Wareing at 2, who was a top 5 U13 player before moving up age group, and James, playing at 5, lost a really close match, which could have gone either way, 3-2 to Ben Waugh leaving the overall tie 3-2 to Northumbria, and 14-9 on points.
The second tie was against the eventual winners, Suffolk. Jacob came very close to beating Billy Beecroft – ranked 3 at U13s until his recent birthday and already ranked 39 at U15s, but narrowly lost 3-2. James also came agonisingly close to winning, losing 3-2 to Josh Scarfe. Marcus lost 3-0 to George Stammers who is 3 years older than him, although the games were very tight, with the first two both finishing 12-10. Angus Beecroft ( ranked 15 ) proved too much for Ben, and Josh Perkins ( favourite to reach the final of the upcoming U11 nationals and surely a future England player ) proved too strong for Louis, as Suffolk won the tie 5-0 on matches and 20-4 on points.
The final tie was against Northamptonshire. Ben again having to play a top 40 player, battled hard and narrowly lost 3-2 to Ryan Swadling. Jacob easily dispatched Logan Montone 3-0 and Marcus did the same to Odhran Imlah. Louis finished on a high, beating the fast-improving 11 year old Thomas Lane 3-1 and James sealed the 4-1 overall win, by beating Liam Purchase 3-0, so we won the tie 19-4 on points. Well done boys!