11-5 9-11 11-7 11-1 (58m) Charles Sharpes
[Q] Mike Harris (Eng)
11-3, 7-11, 10-12, 11-2, 11-7 (56 mins)
 Charles Sharpes (Eng)
Select Gaming Kent
Open, The Mote Squash Club, Maidstone, Kent.
Qualifying Finals: Michael Harris (Eng) 3-0 Eain Yow Ng (Mas) 11-5, 11-6, 7-3 rtd (23m)
Ashley Davies (Eng) 3-1 Rui Soares (Por) 11-3, 7-11, 11-3, 11-7 (37m)
Ben Ford (Eng) 3-2 Kevin Moran (Sco) 10-12, 11-5, 11-7,
7-11, 11-6 (64m)
George Parker (Eng) 3-1 Jaako Vahamaa (Fin) 11-5, 11-8, 13-11 (37m)
Qualifying First Round:
(1) Michael Harris (England) beat Phil Nightingale (England) 6-11,
11-7, 11-9, 11-5 (42 mins)
(8) Eain Yow Ng (Malaysia) beat Micah Franklin (Bermuda ) 11-5 11-6
11-5 (27 mins)
(5) Rui Soares (Portugal) beat (L) James Evans (England) 7-11, 11-8,
13-15, 11-7, 11-7 (61 mins)
(3) Ashley Davies (England) beat (L) Jonny Powell (England) 11-7,
11-4, 12-10 (22 mins)
(4) Kevin Moran (Scotland) beat Steven London (England) 11-5, 13-11,
11-9 (31 mins)
Ben Ford (England) beat (6) Joe Green (England) 5-11, 11-5, 11-7,
13-11 (58 mins)
(7) Yaakko Vahamaa (Finland) beat (L) Emyr Evans (Wales) 8-11, 11-8,
9-11, 11-3, 11-4 (55 mins)
(2) George Parker (England) beat (L) Sam Ellis (England) 11-4,
15-13, 11-9 (28 mins)
James Hall beat Ben Goodayle (lucky loser) 11-6, 11-7, 11-8
Sam Ellis beat Hany Taleb 11-3, 11-3, 11-4
Robert Dadds beat Matt Cook 11-7, 11-3, 11-5
Emyr Evans beat Joe Magor 11-6, 11-5, 11-4
Finals: Ellis beat Hall 11-6, 11-3, 11-2
Evans beat Dadds 11-7, 11-6, 11-5
PSA Challenger 10 Select Gaming Kent
Open, The Mote Squash Club, Maidstone, Kent.
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Sharpes Wins At The Mote
Number two seed Charles Sharpes
survived a nailbiting tiebreak in the fifth game to win the Select
Gaming Kent Open at The Mote Squash Club in Maidstone, Kent.
His opponent, George Parker, was playing his sixth match in six days
after battling his way through the qualifying competition and taking
out Adil Maqbool, Jaymie Haycocks and Joel Hinds in the main draw.
In a match that produced a mixture of high-quality squash and some
physical exchanges between the players, Sharpes weathered a storming
fightback from Parker at the end of a thrilling match.
Sharpes held match ball at 10-7 but Parker won three points in a row
to draw level. A penalty stroke took Sharpes to his second match
ball and Parker hit the tin in the next rally to end the match after
74 minutes of brutal combat.
Sharpes had begun the match in fine form with a run of seven points
in the opening game, but Parker turned the tables in the second,
moving ahead from 5-2 to draw level.
The pattern continued as Sharpes won the third and Parker the
fourth, with the packed crowd delighted to see the match go the full
By this time both players had become embroiled in discussions with
the referee over access issues, mostly in the front left corner.
Some ugly clashes occurred as both players exchanged words with each
other and the match officials.
Ultimately, the week was a rewarding one for Sharpes and Parker in
terms of ranking points.
It was Sharpes’ fifth and biggest PSA title, and he said: “I am so
happy to win the Kent Open and end the season on a high.
“I want to thank George for a great match. We are good friends off
court and I look forward to many more battles with him in the
“This is a great tournament and all the players appreciate the way
we have been looked after here in Kent.”
Immediately after the match, title sponsors Select Gaming announced
that they would be continuing their sponsorship of this PSA
Challenger 10 event next year.
Host club The Mote have also announced an ambitious development plan
that includes an all-glass showcourt.
Charles Sharpes receives his trophy from Select
Gaming's John Powell
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and Sharpes Into Kent Open Final
Qualifier George Parker meets No.2 seed Charles Sharpes in the final
of the PSA Challenger 10 Kent Open at The Mote Squash Club in
The 19-year-old Parker powered past No.6 seed Joel Hinds, producing
another high-quality performance to beat a much higher-ranked
opponent 11-9, 8-11, 11-5, 11-7 in 48 minutes..
The final will be his sixth match in consecutive days but this young
man possesses an extraordinary physique and appears to be taking
every match confidently in his stride.
Parker, the world No.135, beat an opponent 48 places above him in
the PSA rankings with his blistering pace around the court
impressing the packed gallery at The Mote.
Parker, cheered on by a group of travelling fans from Leicester,
opened up an early lead in the first game and maintained his
advantage all the way through.
Hinds, playing a more methodical game, moved ahead in the middle
phase of the second game to draw level.
Parker started strongly in the third game, and enjoyed his most
impressive spell of the match as he delivered a succession of
He maintained that attacking intent at the start of the fourth game
and, although Hinds fought hard, Parker displayed impressive
maturity to close out the match in style.
It promises to be a phenomenal final with Sharpes also in top form.
He and Richie Fallows have had some awkward battles in the past but
both showed total commitment to play the ball and some superb
The key factor in the match was Sharpes’ domination of the left-hand
wall. His precision backhand driving kept the ball glued to the
sidewall and restricted Fallows’ attacking opportunities.
Sharpes won nine points in a row to win the opening game but Fallows
hit back to take the second, dropping just one point from 4-4.
In the third game, Sharpes engineered another eight-point run to
move 2-1 ahead.
The fourth game was a titanic battle, and the packed crowd were
willing the match to go to a fifth game. Fallows led 9-8, but
Sharpes was the more disciplined athlete on the court as he won the
final three points.
Sharpes said: “That was a very pleasing victory. It’s always a tough
match against Richie and in the past we have had a few messy
“But I thought today was the most free-flowing game we have had ever
had. I’m really happy to be in the final.
“We played most of the match on the backhand wall and I felt I did
not want to switch because I was having a lot of success there. That
“I am a good length hitter and I was pleased to get the ball in the
back corners to reduce his attacking options.”
Fallows’ response was succinct: “ Tin, man.”
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Powers Into Kent Open Semi-Finals
Teenage qualifier George Parker overcame No.3 seed Jaymie Haycocks
to become part of an all-English quartet in the semi-finals of the
Select Gaming Kent Open at The Mote Squash Club in Maidstone, Kent.
Parker produced a mature display of fast, attacking squash to defeat
a below-par Haycocks 11-6, 11-6, 17-15.
After dominating the opening two games he withstood a fierce
fightback by Haycocks in the third, finally clinching victory in an
It was the second major upset of the tournament after wild card Josh
Masters beat No.1 seed Jens Schoor of Germany the previous evening.
Despite a blazing start and a fourth game fightback, Masters was
unable to repeat the same level of consistency and accuracy against
No.6 seed Joel Hinds.
Masters, the 20-year-old from nearby Walderslade, has improved
enormously after his first year in Bristol, attending the University
of the West of England and training at the Vivo Academy with Mohamed
Elshorbagy under the guidance of leading coach Hadrian Stiff.
Encouraged by a raucous home gallery, he opened up a big lead in the
first game, moving from 5-0 to 10-4 and withstanding a determined
spell of pressure from Hinds to win it 11-9.
Hinds patiently stuck to his disciplined game plan to open up a 7-4
lead in the second game but Masters drew close at 8-9 and 9-10
before the 27-year-old from Derby edged home 11-9.
Hinds looked in control as he led 5-1 at the start of the third
game. Masters put in another solid spell to reach 5-6, but Hinds
finished strongly to take it 11-5.
Masters loves attacking the front corners, always looking for the
angles to hit nicks, and Hinds continued to play the straighter
lines in an attempt to reduce his opponent’s attacking options.
With huge encouragement from the crowd, Masters led 5-2, and
although Hinds drew level at 5-5, Masters then won four points in a
row to lead 9-5. In a tense and exciting period of play, Hinds hit
back to 8-9 before Masters won three points in a row to make it two
After winning the first two points of the fifth game, Masters began
to wilt and Hinds won seven points in a row as he dominated the
fifth. Masters won just one more point as Hinds wrapped it up 11-3
after 62 minutes of hugely entertaining squash.
Masters’ exit was followed by that of his former coach, Ben Ford,
who was in some discomfort from an injury sustained the previous
night against James Earles. Ford was unable to withstand the pace
and precision of his star pupil at his Bexley academy, as No.4 seed
Richie Fallows eased to victory in just 21 minutes.
Number two seed Charles Sharpes made sure of four home
representatives in the semi-finals after a hard-fought battle with
Denmarks’ Kristian Frost.
Sharpes worked his way through some physical and often ill-tempered
incidents to clinch the match with a comfortable 11-1 win in the
He now faces a formidable battle with England rival Richie Fallows,
while Parker will be aiming to grab another major scalp when he
takes on Hinds.
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That! Kent Heroes Make It A Double At The Mote
By ALAN THATCHER
Fans cheered to the rafters as Silver Fox Ben Ford and youngster
Josh Masters made it a Kent double on home soil in the first round
of the Select Gaming Kent Open at The Mote Squash Club in Maidstone.
The 39-year-old Ford produced an astonishing performance, defying a
leg injury at the end of the second game to beat Yorkshire’s James
Earles 15-13 in the fifth game.
And the 20-year-old wild card Masters, who has been coached by Ford
for much of his career, delivered a stunning result by toppling the
top seed, Germany’s Jens Schoor, with a blistering array of winners.
There was no hint of the shock that was to follow as world No.63
Schoor won the opening game 11-2, but Masters came out with more
attacking intent in the second.
The rallies were brutal, but world No.215 Masters was rewarded for
his attacking intentions as he squeezed home in the second and
He maintained the pressure in the fourth as a major contrast in
fortunes became apparent. Masters buried a succession of nicks as
Schoor’s backhand volleys and drops found the tin.
Masters moved from 3-3 to 8-3 ahead and he held his nerve to clinch
victory 11-5 as a packed gallery at The Mote roared the Maidstone
Sadly for Josh, his mum Jacquie was not there to see the most
momentous victory of his career. She chose to attend a Take That
concert at the O2 Arena instead.
Ahead of the quarter-finals, Josh might be telling his mum “I Want
You Back For Good.”
For Ben Ford, he might be singing another Take That hit, “When We
Were Young” as he approaches his quarter-final with Richie Fallows,
a young man he has coached for several years.
Ben showed “You Never Forget” the technique and style that he is
currently passing on to his young charges, many of whom were in the
crowd admitting how he performed under pressure in a PSA
“We Can Rule The World” might be taking it a bit too far, but he and
Masters certainly ruled this corner of Kent last night.
Ford’s result followed another five-setter in the qualifying finals
the previous evening, when he overcame Joe Green in their third
match in the space of nine days.
He still had plenty in the tank against the 22-year-old Hull-based
Earles. The Yorkshireman won the opening game but Ford found his
length and blitzed through the second game 11-2.
He strained a muscle in the top of his leg but still won the third
game, but Earles fought back to win the fourth.
Ford found a new lease of life to power 7-2 ahead in the fifth but
Earles fought back to level at 8-8. The score seesawed as Ford was
first to match ball at 10-9 and, in an incredible finale, both held
two more each before Ford closed out the match 15-13.
Fallows overcame another rising star of domestic squash, Ashley
Davies, in a match of high quality that suggests that Egypt will not
have it all their own way when England’s big five of Nick Matthew,
James Willstrop, Peter Barker, Daryl Selby and Adrian Grant, all in
their 30s, decide to call it a day.
On a night of high drama and long matches, No.2 seed Charles Sharpes
almost followed Schoor out the door in a thrilling clash with
qualifier Mike Harris, who attacked both front nicks with venom.
Sharpes will be mightily relieved to escape with a narrow five-game
victory in a match of phenomenal commitment and quality.
Sharpes now meets Denmark’s Kristian Frost, who overcame Londoner
Reuben Phillips in four games.
The opening match on Court One featured No.5 seed Joel Hinds and
Chris Fuller, who took the game to five before Hinds dominated the
final passage, clinching victory after 76 minutes.
However, he will not be relishing his appointment with the fired-up
Masters, who will be seeking to make his attacking the flair the
decisive factor in another possible giant-killing attempt.
In one of the most astonishing comebacks since the PSA switched to
the PAR 11 scoring system, George Parker fought back from 10-3 down
in his second game against Pakistan’s Adil Maqbool to win it 12-10.
The 19-year-old qualifier from Leicester won in straight games to
set up a quarter-final with experienced No.3 seed Jaymie Haycocks,
who overcome Nathan Lake in four tight games lasting 63 minutes.
Left to right: Richie Fallows, Josh Masters and Ben Ford
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Sam Ellis And Emyr Evans March On At The Mote
By Alan Thatcher
Ellis (right in red) from Bristol and Welsh junior Emyr Evans
powered through the Select Gaming Kent Open Pre-Qualifying
tournament before a packed gallery at The Mote Squash Club in
It was an excellent night of squash, with the top players from The
Mote and other Kent and Surrey clubs finally biting the dust in the
quest for a coveted place in a tough-looking qualifying draw.
There was a change of personnel in the first match following the
withdrawal of Ollie Pett from the qualifying competition.
As first reserve, Phil Nightingale moved into that spot which meant
he no longer needed to compete in the pre-qualifying. A lucky losers
draw was held, which resulted in The Mote's 16-year-old Ben Goodayle
being given another chance to shine on the big stage.
Having narrowly lost in the fifth the night before to Surrey junior
Matt Cook, he was eager to impress against James Hall (above in
white), from Sevenoaks club Knole Park. Hall's superior experience
and quality of shot proved decisive as he won in straight games.
Hany Taleb, nephew of three-times British Open champion About Taleb,
and one of the Mote coaches, enjoyed his match against Ellis. He
would have enjoyed it even more if he had collected a few more
points as Ellis moved the ball effortlessly around the court.
Cook, from Croydon, battled hard against Robert Dadds (below in
red), from Colchester, who is one of the fairest young players I
have ever seen, almost always electing to play the ball even when a
simple stroke is on offer. He also possesses a great lob and good
touch in the front corners.
junior international Emyr Evans (left in blue) opted to play a
high-paced game against Canterbury's Joe Magor, who withstood some
punishing pressure to prolong a succession of hugely entertaining
rallies, winning an impressive number points after finding some gaps
on the court.
in the Pre-Qualifying Finals, with Ellis beating a tired-looking
Hall 11-6, 11-3, 11-2 and Evans produced a quality performance after
a short rest between matches to overcome Dadds 11-7, 11-6, 11-5.
In the Qualifying competition today, Sam meets number two qualifying
seed George Parker and Emyr plays Jaakko Vahamaa, the No.7 seed from