Nottingham and Leicester line up for the Premier Squash League final
University of Nottingham have convincingly claimed the top domestic squash league title this week, with former world champion Nick Matthew leading the team to victory.
The team, including some of Britain’s top squash talent alongside Matthew, cruised to a 5-0 final win on Tuesday evening against opponents Leicester in their first season in the Premier Squash League.
Partnering with Nottingham Squash Rackets Club and sponsors MB Nottingham and featuring professional players alongside the top student players in the training squad, the Nottingham team have had a dream first season. Qualifying for the final last week at home in the new multi-million David Ross Sports Village complete with all-glass show court, Nottingham were clear favourites heading into the league final.
Hosted at the National Squash Centre in Manchester, Nottingham opened the fixture with two comfortable wins; Millie Tomlinson and Adam Murrills both defeating their opponents in straight sets and settling the nerves of the travelling spectators.
Nottingham needed just one win from the next two games with the first team to reach 3 victories taking the title. Nick Matthew lined up against World No. 12 Daryl Selby on the show court and Nottingham’s Richie Fallows took on Mark Fuller, a former Nottingham player and a current coach within the University set up.
With Matthew finding it tough going initially against Selby, losing the first set 4-11, it was Fallows who sealed the championship – not allowing Fuller a look in to record Nottingham’s third straight set win. Unaware of the victory, Nick Matthew was locked in a fierce battle in the feature game but it could only be Nottingham’s night. The former world-champion stayed focussed and held his edge to see the final set out 11-4 to take a 2-3 win in his rubber.
Rising British squash star Declan James rounded off the perfect evening, taking a 3-0 win before the victory celebrations started in earnest in Manchester.
Delighted with the title, Nick Matthew commented;
“The club and the fans at Nottingham have been fantastic and the opportunity to play at the University of Nottingham’s new facility was tremendous. I really feel at home here now and I hope to be representing Nottingham for many years to come!”
Alex Perry, Assistant Director of Sport at the University, added:
“We’re really proud of all the players, coaches and team behind the league title. The opportunity to be involved in the Premier Squash League has been invaluable for the University - for our students to train and play alongside some of the biggest names in squash has been hugely inspirational and a massive factor in our success in the University leagues.”
“It’s been a whirlwind first season in the league with the new partnership and the opening of the David Ross Sports Village and what a high to finish on!”
Read the full Premier Squash League match report here.
Millie Tomlinson 3 v 0 Emily Whitlock (11-7, 11-2, 11-9)
Adam Murills 3 v 0 Darren Lewis (11-7, 11-5, 11-5)
Nick Matthew 3 v 2 Darryl Selby (4-11, 11-4, 8-11, 11-9, 11-4)
Richie Fallows 3 v 0 Mark Fuller (11-7, 13-11, 11-8)
Declan James 2 v 0 George Parker (11-7, 11-9)
For more information on performance squash at the University of Nottingham, visit www.nottingham.ac.uk/sport/performancesquash or contact Alex Perry, Assistant Director of Sport, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted on Wednesday 31st May 2017