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Monday, 24 November 2014

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Leisure Connection narrowly lose out to Appleby in league cup semi finals

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LEISURE Connection travelled to Appleby in the semi-final of the county league cup and lost 3-2.

Number five Peter Fox went down 3-1 to Dick Furness while at four Gavin Scott lost 3-2 to John Bowman in a very tight match that went right to the wire but unfortunately Gavin went down 10-9.

Number three Paul Armstrong went 2-0 up against Kevin Hindmarch only for the Appleby man to win the next two games.

But Paul took control in the fifth game and ran out the 3-2 winner.

Number two Paul Messenger was not as fortunate and lost his match with Martin Awde 3-0 but number one Sean Jenkinson fared better, beating Michael Dowding 3-0.

LEISURE Connection were in Premier League action at Whitehaven A where they won 5-0.

At five, Hudson Irving beat John Messenger 3-0 and there were also 3-0 successes for number four Gavin Scott against Chris Stephenson and number three Paul Armstrong against Mark Frain.

At two, meanwhile, Paul Messenger beat Nigel Stewart 3-2 while number one Sean Jenkinson beat a determined Neil Pattinson. After being 4-1 down in the fifth game, Sean moved up a gear to win the game 9-4 and the match 3-2.

Next up for Leisure Connection is a home league match against Penrith.

COCKERMOUTH Squash Club ladies’ and men’s B team have played Penrith recently with each match proving very close.

For the ladies, Joan Tomkinson took on Kerry Newton, with Kerry getting off to a flying start, taking the first two games.

Joan came back to take the third but lack of match fitness after illness cost her the fourth.

Jennie Bouch was on top form against Mandy Latimer although she had to work hard in the third to ensure her 3-0 win.

Jenny Lewis once again played Kath Ellis and as in the previous match this one went to a fifth with Jenny winning 3-2.

Janet Smith had also previously had a five-setter against Nicola Ewin but it looked as if she would lose 3-0.

Going 2-0 down she somehow managed to hang on to to win the third 10-8. She levelled at two-all but went 6-0 down in the decider.

With Nicola making several errors, Janet crept back and eventually won it 10-9.

Jane Hunter’s form eluded her, particularly in the first two games against Kath Gray and she went down 3-0 but Cockermouth won 3-2 overall.

The men’s B team were involved in the semi final of the B Knockout Cup against Penrith B.

Joe Aitcheson was first on court against Alan Reading and found himself 2-0 and match ball down in the third.

Pulling out all the stops, Joe took the third 10-9 and showing real fight and determination, continued to outplay his opponent, winning 3-2.

No such luck for Steve Jones on the adjacent court against Charles Lowther as Steve went down 3-0.

Trevor Smith continued his winning run as he outran and outplayed Hat Theole in his 3-0 victory, losing only nine points, putting Cockermouth 2-1 up.

Andrew Beanland found his greater reach no asset against a crafty Darren Tallentire so the match was poised at two-sets all.

With all eyes on the deciding tie, Mike Sadler came back against Ian Silburn to win the first 10-9, but it wasn’t to be his night as Ian proved to be steadier, taking the next three to put Penrith B into the final.

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