Duncalf forced to retire in Cleveland while Collingham 2nds stay top

Harrogate squash player Jenny Duncalf. (S)
Harrogate squash player Jenny Duncalf. (S)

Eighteen-year-old Amanda Sobhy booked a semi-final place at the WSA Cleveland Classic 2012 after Harrogate’s Jenny Duncalf was forced to retire injured.

Duncalf started strongly, untroubled by the blow to her knee sustained in round one via a clash with the racket of Sarag Kippax.

The world No2 played accurate squash to take the first game, but slowed down significantly in the second. At 1-5 down in the fourth, Duncalf conceded the match.

Chapel Allerton III maintain the pressure in second place, although 17 points adrift, with a comfortable win over last seasons Champions Otley I.

Adel I beat fellow strugglers Harrogate II 12-3 and are now joint bottom.

There are 18 points covering the bottom six. So it is quite tight for the relegation places considering there are nine games left and the bottom two teams have a game in hand.

Results: Collingham II beat Collingham I 10-7 (II team names first)Matt Thompson lost to Jack Cooper 7-9, 9-7, 9-2, 8-9, 9-1; Matt Smyth beat Robin Mannell 4-9, 9-3, 9-5, 9-2; Simon Robinson beat Nick Williams 9-5, 9-0, 10-8.

Chapel Allerton III beat Otley I 11-3 (Chapel Allerton names 1st)Ian Chappell beat Rick Saunders 9-5, 9-7, 9-0; Ross Williamson beat 9-4, 9-3, 9-1; Ian Cawthorne lost to Matt Wood 3-9, 9-7, 9-5, 4-9, 7-9

Adel I beat Harrogate II 12-3 (Adel names 1st): Tom Pepper beat Andy Keeling 7-9, 9-7, 9-1, 8-9, 9-1; John Plowman beat Matt Price 4-9, 9-3, 9-5, 9-2.; Jack Holmes beat Neil Molyneaux 9-5, 9-0, 10-8.

In the second division Chapel Allerton IV suffered a surprise defeat 10-4 by the then bottom team Harrogate III. However they remain top as second placed Ilkley I also suffered a defeat by lowly Skipton 9-3.

However Ilkley I are only a point behind with a game in hand. There is a potential close tussle at the bottom to avoid relegation.

In Division Three, all top three teams won, with Harrogate IV setting the pace at the top, 19 points ahead of Chapel Allerton V, although the latter have a game in hand.

Chapel Allerton VI are romping ahead at the top of Division Four and must be favourites for promotion.

The quarter final rounds of the five-a-side competitions take place this week. Collingham A, the holders, have combined their two Division One teams and are red hot favourites to retain the trophy.

Chapel Allerton have entered three separate teams which must reduce their chances of success.

In the Division Two competition, Chapel Allerton B are favourites as the closest rivals Ilkley haven’t entered.

In the Division Three battle, Harrogate’s two teams to draw on are top seeds with again the competition coming from Chapel Allerton.

Allerton’s team are favourites for the Division Four 5-a-Side Competition with Ilkley second seeds.