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

PUBLISHED: 06:57 25 March 2014

Gavin Findlayson (left) and competition winner Darren Cox.

Gavin Findlayson (left) and competition winner Darren Cox.


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.”

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