After two years off due to the Covid pandemic, Berkshire Squash held its 2021/22 Men’s County Championships last weekend, proudly supported by Karakal and Taittinger Champagne. For the first time, we adopted the Monrad format for both the A and B grade tournaments and feedback confirmed this was a good decision. In another first, we used Karakal balls for all matches and again these proved very popular.
Unsurprisingly, there were a few injuries in the A grade, with Men’s First Team Captain Simon Rodwell retiring in his first round match against Rod Shephard and number 1 seed Gurbhaj Kahlon pulling his hamstring in his semi-final match against Tim Burrell. However, apart from these issues, the event was a huge success. Jack Waldron, our number 2 seed, became Berkshire Champion, beating Tim Burrell 3/1 (11/6, 12/14, 11/6, 11/4) in the A grade final and James Hicks won the B grade, beating Benjamin Smith 3/0 (11/5, 11/5, 11/9). In addition, Bruce Macmillan was awarded the Most Improved Player of the championship with a 21.5% SquashLevels points increase over the weekend, just beating Manu Sidhu who improved by 20.2%! For the full results, please click on the links below:
We would like to thank Reading University for allowing us to host the event, Pete Cossey from Karakal and Phil Tuck from Taittinger Champagne for the prizes, Henry Withrington for organising the tournament, Des Schalkwyk for giving up her weekend to run the event and the support provided by Linda Parsley, Sandy Burnett and Peter Brackley.
We plan to run our Men’s Doubles tournament next, followed by our Vets and Ladies Championships in July. In addition, if there is the appetite for them, we would like to run a ‘fun’ event, other masters competitions and possibly a Berkshire Open Tournament – please look out for details in due course.