Squash double

The  'Italik' Yorkshire Closed Squash Championships - winners
The 'Italik' Yorkshire Closed Squash Championships - winners

HOSTS Doncaster Squash Club celebrated a double at the Italik Yorkshire Championships.

Alec Wolfendale and Emily Peach walked away with ‘B’ titles - for non-Yorkshire League players - as the tournament returned to the Bennetthorpe club after a three-year absence.

Competition debutant Wolfendale defeated Yorkshire over 60s star and club mate Kevin Martin 3-2 in a five set thriller to lift the men’s plate.

While Peach brushed aside Libi Beecroft, winning 3-0 in a one-sided final, to win the ladies ‘B’ event and make it a double for Doncaster.

James Earles (Pontefract) showed just why he has been labelled as Yorkshire’s most promising player by beating Halifax’s young star Taminder Gata Aura in the final of the main men’s event.

The game was full of breathtaking skill from both players before James, the slightly older player, came through to win 3-0.

Pontefract’s Kate Smith proved too strong for the rest of the field in becoming the Ladies Champion, beating team-mate Hannah Shipley in straight sets.

In the men’s ‘B’ event John Segar (Phoenix) got the better of the more experienced Ian Peach, of Doncaster, to win a hard fought match 3-2.

Brothers Alec and Ben Hodgetts, of Queens, met in the final of the men’s A Plate, with Alec running out a 3-1 winner.

The championships, which attracted a record number of entries, were resurrected by Dave Clarke with the help of competition sponsors Italik, CBS Builders, Concorde BGW, and Mid Yorkshire Gas Services.