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Barrington Battles To Maiden Home Tour Title

Hithercroft Squash Open,
Oxfordshire, England


Barrington Battles To Maiden Home Tour Title

England's Joey Barrington celebrated his first PSA Tour title on home soil when he beat French qualifier Mathieu Castagnet in the final of the Hithercroft Squash Open at Hithercroft Squash Club in the English county of Oxfordshire.


The 27-year-old from Glastonbury in Somerset had been in fine form throughout the week in the 1-star Tour event in its second year at Hithercroft.


Castagnet made his breakthrough in the event after upsetting England's No2 seed Bradley Ball in the opening round - and went on to reach the biggest final of his career.


Barrington took the opening game for the loss of just four points - but his 20-year-old opponent from Le Mans forged a 9-6 lead in the second as the packed crowd sensed a further upset.


But Barrington stuck to his game-plan and restored his advantage to run out an 11-4, 11-10 (2-0), 11-5 victor.


"There is a lot of pressure being No1 seed," said the new champion later.  "Other seeds fell, so it was up to me to push on through.  I came back from 10-7 in the second and that finished him off really. 


"I came here to win it, so job done.  I'm pleased to be back after injury and I am playing by best squash again now, so I hope to carry it through the summer and look forward to next season," added Barrington after securing the fifth PSA Tour title of his career.

Castagnet Captures Final Slot In Hithercroft Open

French qualifier Mathieu Castagnet achieved the best PSA Tour success of his career to date when he made it through to the final of the Hithercroft Squash Club in the English county of Oxfordshire.


The 20-year-old from Le Mans despatched fellow qualifier John Rooney, from Ireland, 7-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-4 in 55 minutes - and is now one match away from recording his first Tour title success.


His opponent spent 40 minutes longer reaching the 14th Tour final of his career:  In an eagerly-anticipated all-English semi, favourite Joey Barrington dashed the hopes of local hero Scott Handley by beating the third seed from Wallingford 8-11, 11-5, 11-8, 9-11, 11-5 in a 95-minute marathon.

Castagnet Leads French Revolution In Oxfordshire
Qualifier Mathieu Castagnet led a French revolution in the first round of the Hithercroft Squash Open by upsetting second-seeded Englishman Bradley Ball to join two other French compatriots in the last eight of the PSA Tour event in its second year at the Hithercroft Squash Club in the English county of Oxfordshire.

The 20-year-old from Le Mans came from two games down to beat Ball, the world No34 from Suffolk, 10-11 (1-3), 4-11, 11-8, 11-4, 5-1 ret. in 51 minutes.

But Castagnet was not the only surprise quarter-finalist: Unseeded Yann Perrin also upset an Englishman when he beat fifth seed Jonathan Harford 10-11 (4-6), 11-3, 11-3, 11-5 in 59 minutes. The 21-year-old from Marseille will now face Irish qualifier John Rooney, who downed Germany's No4 seed Simon Rosner 11-7, 11-5, 11-5.

Event favourite Joey Barrington took his anticipated place in the quarter-finals when he defeated fellow Englishman Darren Lewis 11-6, 11-4, 11-7. Barrington will take on the third Frenchman who made the last eight when he faces seventh seed Laurent Elriani, an 11-8, 11-2, 11-7 winner over Namibian Ryan Thompson.

Hithercroft Open 2007
22 -27 May, Oxfordshire
Round One
24 May
25 May
26 May
27 May
[1] Joey Barrington (Eng)
11/6, 11/4, 11/7 (34m)
[Q] Darren Lewis (Eng)
Joey Barrington
11/8, 8/11, 11/8, 11/5 (66m)
Laurent Elriani
Joey Barrington
8-11, 11-5, 11-8, 9-11, 11-5 (95m)  Scott
Joey Barrington
11-4, 11-10 (2-0), 11-5
Mathieu Castagnet
[7] Laurent Elriani (Fra)
 11/8, 11/2, 11/7 (46m)
Ryan Thompson (Nam)
[3] Scott Handley (Eng)
6/11, 11/6, 11/8, 11/5 (42m)
[Q] Robbie Temple (Eng)
 Scott Handley
8/11, 11/4, 11/9, 11/1 (30m)
Alex Stait
[8] Alex Stait (Eng)
11/9, 11/7, 11/8 (30m)
Rob Sutherland (Wal)
Yann Perrin (Fra)
14/16, 11/3, 11/3, 11/5 (59m)
[5] Jonathon Harford (Eng)
Yann Perrin
11/3, 11/0, 11/1 (29m)
John Rooney
7-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-4 (55m)
Mathieu Castagnet
[Q] John Rooney (Irl)
11/7, 11/5, 11/5 (40m)
[4] Simon Rosner (Ger)
David Barnett (Eng)
8/11, 11/2, 11/5, 9/11, 11/4 (60m)
[6] Badr Abdel Aziz (Swe)
Badr Abdel Aziz
11/7, 11/4, 11/3 (34m)
Mathieu Castagnet
[Q] Mathieu Castagnet (Fra)
4/11, 11/8, 11/4, 5/1 rtd (51m)
[2] Bradley Ball (Eng)