Squash: Cox wins Saffron Walden Squash Club’s handicap tournament in close final

06:57 25 March 2014

Gavin Findlayson (left) and competition winner Darren Cox.

Gavin Findlayson (left) and competition winner Darren Cox.

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After six weeks, Saffron Walden Squash Club’s handicap tournament was decided by a close and entertaining final match.

The play-off to find the winner was between Darren Cox and Gavin Findlayson. Both had won all their handicap matches each dropping only two points.

Cox overhauled a three-point handicap by mid-way through the first game with a surge off seven straight points. But Findlayson’s athleticism and ball placing at the end of the game win him six out of eight points, and the game by 21-18.

The second game was even closer. By mid-way Cox had eliminated the handicap but could not draw away. No more than two points separated the players up to 18-all. Cox’s determination and strength saw him home, 21-18.

The final game would be decided by better shot placing and fitness. And it followed the same pattern. By mid-way Cox had eliminated the handicap. And the pace and length of the match was taking its toll, Findlayson losing half a yard of pace. He could not react fast enough to Cox’s penetrating drives to the back of the court and boasts at the front. Cox inched ahead from 11-all and held a late Findlayson recovery to win the final game, 21-15.

Coach George Atterbury said: “It was a very entertaining match to watch, “full of energy and good recovery shots.

“I was very pleased the tournament and this play off were so closely contested.”

6 comments

  • I think Nigel Farage would have something to say about these Romany Travellers coming over here and taking our places in squash finals!

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    Steve Duffy

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • Actually, I didn't read it properly. Did Darren win the handicapped tournament?

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    Daniel Mitchell

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • Actually, I didn't read it properly. Did Darren win the handicapped tournament?

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    Daniel Mitchell

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • That didn't' really seem a fair match up even though it was a handicap - Darren clearly has the body of an athlete, a god even whilst the little scotch fellow is probably only 6 stone wringing wet...

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    Daniel Mitchell

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • I think Nigel Farage would have something to say about these Romany Travellers coming over here and taking our places in squash finals!

    Report this comment

    Steve Duffy

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • That didn't' really seem a fair match up even though it was a handicap - Darren clearly has the body of an athlete, a god even whilst the little scotch fellow is probably only 6 stone wringing wet...

    Report this comment

    Daniel Mitchell

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

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