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Stortford Classic 2016







Stortford Classic 2016
18 - 21 May
Bishop's Stortford, England, $10k
Round One
18 May
19 May
20 May
21 May
[1] Ben Coleman (ENG)
11-9, 7-11, 13-11, 11-6 (96m)
Joel Makin (WAL)
Joel Makin
11-3, 11-5, 11-5 (40m)
Chris Fuller
Joel Makin
11/6, 7/11, 8/11, 11/4, 12/10 (101m)
Peter Creed
Joel Makin
11/8, 10/12, 11/7, 10/12, 11/5
Charles Sharpes
[Q] Joe Green (ENG)
11-5, 9-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-9 (74m)
[7] Chris Fuller (ENG)
[5] Jaymie Haycocks (ENG)
9-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-8 (50m)
[Q] Lewis Walters (JAM)
Jaymie Haycocks
12-10, 11-4, 11-5 (43m)
Peter Creed
[Q] Michael Harris (ENG)
11-4, 11-6, 11-5 (34m)
[4] Peter Creed (WAL)
[3] Richie Fallows (ENG)
11-7, 11-7, 11-8 (37m)
[WC] Nick Mulvey (ENG)
Richie Fallows
11-8, 11-9, 11-7 (51m)
Arthur Gaskin
Richie Fallows
10/12, 11/9, 11/13, 11/9, 15/13 (121m)
Charles Sharpes
Ashley Davies (ENG)
11-8, 11-9, 11-5 (29m)
[6] Arthur Gaskin (IRL)
[8] Carlos Cornes Ribadas (ESP)
8-11, 11-6, 11-5, 11-6 (45m)
[Q] Rui Soares (POR)
Carlos Cornes Ribadas
11-5, 11-7, 11-7 (33m)
Charles Sharpes
Matthew Hopkin (AUS)
8-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-4 (59m)
[2] Charles Sharpes (ENG)


Results – Final Qualifying Round: Flo.Money Stortford Classic 2016
[1] Lewis Walters (JAM) bt [6] Tristan Eysele (RSA) 3-0: 11-9, 11-8, 11-4 (35m)
[4] Rui Soares (POR) bt Ondrej Uherka (CZE) 3-1: 11-9, 11-6, 7-11, 11-9 (52m)
[3] Joe Green (ENG) bt [5] Ben Ford (ENG) 3-2: 11-5, 4-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-8 (70m)
Michael Harris (ENG) bt Emyr Evans (WAL) 3-1: 13-11, 8-11, 11-4, 11-5 (54m)

Results – First Qualifying Round: Flo.Money Stortford Classic 2016
[1] Lewis Walters (JAM) bt [L] Stefan Burkwood (ENG) 3-0: 11-6, 11-6, 11-2 (22m)
[6] Tristan Eysele (RSA) bt [L] Cai Younger (ENG) 3-0: 11-3, 11-4, 11-6 (25m)
Ondrej Uherka (CZE) bt [8] Brian Byrne (IRL) 3-1: 7-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-7 (57m)
[4] Rui Soares (POR) bt [L] Oliver Latham (ENG) 3-0: 11-6, 11-7, 11-7 (22m)
[3] Joe Green (ENG) bt Robert Dadds (ENG) 3-1: 11-13, 11-9, 11-6, 14-12 (50m)
[5] Ben Ford (ENG) bt [L] Elliot Selby (ENG) 3-0: 11-0, 11-3, 11-5 (25m)
Emyr Evans (WAL) bt [7] Micah Franklin (BER) 3-2: 9-11, 11-8, 11-9, 5-11, 11-5 (84m)
Michael Harris (ENG) bt [2] Lyell Fuller (ENG) 3-1: 7-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-5 (55m)




Sharpes Downs Makin in Marathon Battle to Claim Stortford Classic Title

England’s Charles Sharpes came out on top of an almighty clash with Welshman Joel Makin in the final of the Flo.Money Stortford Classic, with a 111 minute marathon deciding the fate of the PSA M10 title.

Both players came through brutal five-game affairs in the previous round, with Sharpes seeing off compatriot Richie Fallows and Joel Makin following up his earlier victory over top seed Ben Coleman with a gladiatorial win over fellow Welshman Peter Creed.

The opening game set the stall out for the entire match with long, punishing rallies being interspersed with decisions in an absorbing and tightly-contested matchup.

Sharpes took a one-game lead, before Makin levelled things up on the tie-break in the second. The next two games followed along the same vein as both players were forced to dig in. Sharpes went ahead again in the third, only to see Makin equalise once more to send the fixture into a nail-biting decider.

The pair gave it their all in the fifth, and it was to be Sharpes who pulled away to achieve the victory with an 11-8, 10-12, 11-7, 10-12, 11-5 scoreline, which sees him win his sixth PSA World Tour event.

"I’m so happy to win my sixth PSA title, this time at Bishop's Stortford," said Sharpes.

"I had to dig deep, but I came through in the end."
Sharpes And Fallows Set Up Stortford Classic Semis Clash


English duo Charles Sharpes and Richie Fallows will square off in the semi-final stage of the Flo.Money Stortford Classic, PSA M10 tournament after overcoming Carlos Cornes Ribadas and Arthur Gaskin, respectively, in straight games.

Sharpes came up against an in-form opponent after Cornes had broken his PSA World Tour title duck just a week previously at the Seapiax Open Lorient.

However, Sharpes put in a mature, consistent performance, and dictated the tempo of the match to wrap up a comfortable win courtesy of an 11-5, 11-7, 11-7 margin of victory.

“I’m really happy to get through in three today against Carlos,” said Sharpes.

“He’s a tough player, but I managed to make it comfortable. Now it’s on to tomorrow.”

His semi-final opponent, Fallows, was also in fine fettle against a tenacious Gaskin and the 20-year-old World No.67 saw off his opponent in 51 minutes to move through to the last four.

Welshman Peter Creed is also through after a strong display against close friend Jaymie Haycocks. The first game went to a tie-break, but Creed soon established himself on proceedings to take the next two in comfortable fashion, setting up a meeting with compatriot Joel Makin, who beat Chris Fuller, for a place in the final.
Makin Outlasts Top Seed Coleman In Stortford Classic


Welshman Joel Makin advanced to the quarter-final of a PSA World Tour event for the first time in 2016 after upsetting top seed Ben Coleman in a gruelling encounter in the Flo.Money Stortford Classic, PSA M10 tournament.

Makin narrowly edged the opener, before a determined Coleman battled back to bring the match all square again. A crucial third game went all the way to a tie-break, which Makin won, and that acted as a catalyst for his victory in game four, which enabled him to take an 11-9, 7-11, 13-11, 11-6 triumph in 96 minutes to reach the last eight.

“I’m really happy to get a win against Ben tonight in a tough match that lasted ages,” said Makin.

England’s Chris Fuller will go up against Makin for a place in the semi-final after he came through a dramatic five-game affair against compatriot Joe Green.

Coleman was the only seeded player to bow out in round one as second seed Charles Sharpes led the charge through to the quarter-final courtesy of a 3-1 win against Matthew Hopkin. Sharpes dropped the first game, but stormed back to take the next three and secure his place in the next round where he will face off with Carlos Cornes Ribadas, who beat Rui Soares.

Elsewhere, England’s Richie Fallows will meet Ireland’s Arthur Gaskin in the quarter-final after they achieved respective wins over wildcard Nick Mulvey and Ashley Davies.

Number four seed Peter Creed and Jaymie Haycocks were the other victors on the opening day of main draw action and are set to face each other. Creed dispatched Michael Harris in straight games, while Haycocks saw off Jamaica’s Lewis Walters in four.
English Duo Progress Through Stortford Classic Qualifying


English pair Joe Green and Michael Harris secured their main draw berths in the Flo.Money Stortford Classic, PSA M10 tournament, after achieving hard-fought victories over veteran Ben Ford and Welshman Emyr Evans, respectively.

Green in particular had a tough test against 40-year-old stalwart Ben Ford and fell 2-1 behind to his more experienced opponent, who is 19 years his senior. However, Green dug in and came up with a fine array of winners as he wiped out the deficit to claim an 11-5, 4-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-8 triumph which sees him through to the main draw.

“I’m glad to get through a very tough 5 gamer,” said Lee.

“I always wanted to thank my brother, Laurence Green, for his support.”

A meeting with fellow Englishman Chris Fuller awaits Green in the opening round of the main draw.

Harris, meanwhile, overcame Evans with a 3-1 victory to book his place in the main draw. With the scores poised at one game apiece, Harris, who last week reached the final of the Jersey Squash Classic, pulled away to take the win and set up a first round fixture with another Welshman, Peter Creed, who will look to avenge his compatriot’s defeat.

Elsewhere, top qualifying seed Lewis Walters eased into the main draw after seeing off South Africa’s Tristan Eysele in comfortable fashion, while Portugal’s Rui Soares will join him in the next round courtesy of a 3-1 victory against Ondrej Uherka.

Walters will lock horns with England’s Jaymie Haycocks next, and Soares is set to face Spain’s Carlos Cornes Ribadas for a place in the quarter-final.
Qualifying Stage Gets Under Way In Stortford Classic


The first qualifying round of the Flo.Money Stortford Classic, PSA M10 tournament saw World No.140 Joe Green lead the English charge as he fought to a 3-1 victory over compatriot Robert Dadds.

Dadds took the opening game after a fast start from the 24-year-old prevented Green from finding his rhythm. Green edged the second though and soon established himself on the match as he followed that up with further victories in games three and four to reach the next round courtesy of an 11-13, 11-9, 11-6, 14-12 triumph.

He will face off with 40-year-old veteran Ben Ford for a place in the main draw, with Ford storming past Elliot Selby in a comfortable three-game salvo as he failed to drop a single point in the first game.

Michael Harris is the other Englishman through to the final qualifying round on home soil. Harris, fresh off the back of a maiden PSA World Tour final appearance in last week’s Jersey Squash Classic, continued his fine form into his encounter with second qualifying seed Lyell Fuller and dispatched him in four games to secure his next round berth. Emyr Evans will lie in wait there after he defeated Bermuda’s Micah Franklin in a hard-fought 3-2 victory.

Meanwhile, top qualifying seed Lewis Walters eased into the final round of qualifying thanks to a routine win over Stefan Burkwood and he will go up against South Africa’s Tristan Eysele, who saw off the attentions of Cai Younger.

Portugal’s Rui Soares and Ondrej Uherka of the Czech Republic will go head-to-head in the final qualifying round’s other fixture after they claimed respective victories against Oliver Latham and Brian Byrne.