Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

County's Girls Are Courting Success; North Squad on Course to Go Up

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

County's Girls Are Courting Success; North Squad on Course to Go Up

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NORTHUMBRIA'S squash teams enjoyed varying success in Inter-County League matches in the first half of the 2009-2010 season.

The ladies' team enjoyed an excellent start to the campaign when they convincingly beat Derbyshire, Durham and Cleveland and Lincolnshire.

The squad of Sarah Bowles, Kim Hay, Emma Barnett, Sarah Oswald and Catherine Bowles will now progress to the promotion group - with a great chance to join England's top counties in the Premier League next season.

The men's team, however, did not fare as well.

It has struggled after being promoted last season to Division One, losing both of its matches to Durham and Cleveland and Merseyside with no player managing a victory.

The squad of Dave Barnett, Chris Boyer, Andrew Staley, Liam Gutcher and Paul Dodsworth will now have to play in the relegation group next month - but hope to avoid going down.

The men's over-45 team were hosts for their group and overcame Durham and Cleveland, Merseyside and Derbyshire.

Paul Millington, Russell Hunter, Glenn Ward, Andrew Wilkinson, Ronnie Freeman and Steve Robertson look likely to go up again after being placed in the promotion group for the second half of the season.

The county's ladies' over-40 team are already in the top league and have had a good start to this season's campaign.

After losing to Yorkshire in their first match, they triumphed in their remaining matches against Cheshire and Cambridgeshire and will progress to the National Finals weekend.

The team is made up of Eleanor Bowles, Chris Park, Lesley Vitty, Dawn Ward and Sue Beecroft.

The men's over-55 team travelled to Duffield Squash Club in Derbyshire.

The squad of Derek Collins, John Smith, Ken Johnson, Colin McNestrie, Jim Douglas, Stan Brown and Mike Cherryman beat Merseyside but lost to both Derbyshire and Cumbria to finish third in the group. …

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