The menís county closed took place on 24/25 Jan at Chichester Racquets and Fitness Club for the first time, and although the top professionals were not available this season the draw still boasted a competitive field
Top seed was Ben Hutton of Corals with
club mate Dave Mann at 2 and
The opening round went to form with
none of the top players troubled pick of the round was Tony Adams 3-1 win over
Paul Wykes both from
In to the quarter finals with the top 3
seeds progressing untroubled although Steve Wykes made a meal out of his 3-2
The semi finals followed on the Sunday morning and top seed Ben Hutton played almost error free squash to defeat Whiteley 9/2 9/0 9/2
Dave Mann (2) v Steve Wykes (3) proved to be a great match with Mann taking a 2 games to 1 lead before Wykes fought back to take the 4th and 5th 9/3 9/1
So to the final and the question was did Wykes have enough gas in the tank to beat a player who was relatively fresh, the answer almost
Both players started out playing brilliant squash and sharing the opening two games before Wykes made a big push to take the 3rd, the effort of this and the mornings semi had taken its toll and although 1-2 down Hutton upped the speed and pace to take the last reserves out of his opponent taking the 4th and 5th 9/0 9/2.
So Ben Hutton is the new Sussex County Champion and his name joins alot of other great players on the magnificent cup congratulations to him.
As for Steve Wykes a great performance and at 19 year of age his day will surely come.
The plate event produced some
competitive matches with 4
A good weekends Squash, many thanks to
A special thank you to Malcolm Whiteley for volunteering his services and marking the final