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Success for Natalie and Lily at Silver Event

Success for Natalie and Lily at Silver Event

LDS Juniors get a great start to the season


The junior squash season got underway at the weekend with the first of 7 National Events. With Lily Main seeded 5/8 and younger sibling Natalie seeded 2 in the Girls Under 13 category, hopes were high for some good performances in Manchester.


First up on the Saturday morning for Natalie was Northumbria’s Annabelle Satow. Natalie showed her class as she comfortably overcame the less experienced Satow, winning 3-0. Next up older sister Lily faced another northern player in Miriam Mulla. Lily grew in stature as the match progressed, delivering a bagel (11-0) in the third to win even more comfortably than Natalie.


The quarter finals proved much more challenging. Lily faced ¾ seed Florence Kersley from Hampshire and got off to a slow start losing the first two very quickly. Lily fought back in the third and had chances to take the fourth, but it wasn’t to be as the diminutive Kersley finished the job.


In her quarter final Natalie faced Scottish no 1 Anna Halliday. The first game couldn’t have been tighter with Halliday taking it in the tie-break, Natalie struck back immediately to level, before taking the lead in the third courtesy of another tightly fought tie-break. Natalie raced to what looked like a match winning lead before being pegged back to take the fourth into a tie-break, where she saved one game ball before taking the match.


On Sunday morning Natalie faced old rival Charlie McCrone from Lancashire, with a tied head to head history it was always going to be a keenly fought contest but Natalie prevailed to make the final. Meanwhile in the 5-8 place play-offs Lily took on Warwiskshire’s 8 year old talent and seed slayer from earlier rounds, Miriam Eissa. A titanic struggle ensued, but Lily showed her class and experience to see off the youngster 3-2.


In her final match Lily faced the Scot beaten by her younger sister, but the Scottish player was not to succumb to two Mains in one weekend and prevailed 3-0 despite some terrific squash by Lily.


In the final Natalie faced Lancashire’s Lauren Hall, the no 1 seed and more than a year older. In truth in previous meetings the Luton youngster had never really gotten close to Hall, so expectations were modest. Young Main, however, had not read the script as she won the first game in a stunning tie break playing some sensational squash. The no1 seed regrouped to quell Main in the next two, before Main pushed in the fourth and was left to rue a simple opportunity to take the game to a tie-break hitting the tin.


Both players did the club proud and sets things up for a very exciting season. Next up is the second leg of these events in Birmingham next month, followed quickly by a return to Manchester for the British Championships.

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