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Ryder Rocks Francomb In Mote Final

Mote Classic 2009
11-14 June, Maidstone, Kent UK
Round One
11 Jun
12 Jun
13 Jun
14 Jun
1 Chris Ryder
11-5, 11-1, 11-2
Elliot Knight
Chris Ryder
11-3, 11-7, 11-4
Galen Le Cheminant
Chris Ryder
11-7, 11-5, 11-8
Nafiizwan Adnan
Chris Ryder
11-13, 13-11, 11-2, 11-6
Aaron Frankcomb
5/8 Galen Le Cheminant
11-2, 11-6, 11-5
Martin Clark
5/8 Joel Hinds
11-5, 11-1, 11-1
Peter Stock
Joel Hinds
11-6, 11-8, 11-7
Nafiizwan Adnan
3 Nafiizwan Adnan
v11-1, 11-6, 11-5
Joe Magor
4 Ben Ford
11-9, 11-8, 9-11, 7-11, 11-5
Ahmed El Refee
Ben Ford
11-8, 11-5, 2-11, 11-4
Alan Clyne
Alan Clyne
9-11, 11-7, 8-11, 12-10, 11-6
Aaron Frankcomb
5/8 Alan Clyne
11-2, 11-1, 11-0
Phill Crane
5/8 Nazzahiizan Adnan
11-3, 11-4, 11-4
Dean Newbery
Nazzahiizan Adnan
11-9, 11-7, 6-11, 8-11, 11-7
Aaron Frankcomb
2 Aaron Frankcomb
11-1, 11-7, 11-5
Karim Safwat

Qualifying results:


Peter Stock (Fitness First Medway) beat Paul Adam (Mote) 12-10, 11-7, 6-11, 11-8 Elliot Knight (Bexley) beat Eddie Aruede (Mote) 11-5, 11-8, 8-11, 11-8 Joe Magor (Canterbury) beat Simon Crowther (Tunbridge Wells) 11-1, 11-1,11-7

Karim Safwat (Egypt) beat Adrian Humphries (Mote) 11-8, 11-5, 11-8
Ahmed El Refee (Cambridgeshire) beat Paul Newvell (Mote) 11-3, 11-2, 11-2
Martin Clark (Rodmersham) beat Nigel Tierney (Brentwood) 11-3, 11-7, 8-11, 11-4
Dean Newbery (Bexley) beat James Evans (Mote) 11-6, 6-11, 11-8, 12-14, 13-11
Phill Crane (Mote) beat Matt Fincham (Maidstone) 11-9, 11-5, 4-11, 8-11, 12-10

Further details from Alan Thatcher (Tournament Director)

Mobile: 07971 639 829

Plate Competition


Paul Newvell (Mote) beat Adrian Humphries (Mote) 11-6, 11-8, 7-11, 11-6


Adrian Humphries (Mote) beat James Evans (Mote) 11-8, 11-6, 11-5 Paul Newvell (Mote) beat Simon Crowther (Tunbridge Wells) 11-5, 11-6, 11-4



Adrian Humphries (Mote) beat Eddie Aruede (Mote) 11-5, 11-8, 11-5 James Evans (Mote) beat Paul Adam (Mote) 4-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-9 Simon Crowther (Tunbridge Wells) w/o v Nigel Tierney (Brentwood) Paul Newvell (Mote) beat Matt Fincham (Maidstone) 11-8, 11-6, 11-9 



Alan Thatcher and Simon Scott beat James Evans and Ashley Wentzell 15-12, 15-7 Joe Wheatley and Joe Magor beat Adrian Humphries and Paul Adam 15-13, 15-12



Alan Thatcher and Simon Scott beat Joe Wheatley and Joe Magor 15-13, 15-6, 15-12



Galen Le Cheminant (Cambridge) 157 mph





England's Chris Ryder overcame gritty Australian Aaron Frankcomb in the final of The Mote Classic Pro-Am, sponsored by Harrow and Shepherd Neame.


Top seed Ryder, who is based in ranked 36 in the world, won a hugely entertaining final 11-13, 13-11, 11-2, 11-6 after 82 minutes of absorbing, high octane squash at The Mote Squash Club in Maidstone.


No.2 seed Frankcomb showed no signs of the effects of playing two marathon five-setters the previous day as he clinched a tight opening game 13-11.

However, Ryder reversed the score in the second game, clinching the tiebreak after Frankcomb had received treatment to a bizarre hand injury caused when the two players collided and Ryder stepped on the falling Australian's racket, trapping his thumb underneath.


When the action resumed, the players produced the longest rally of the match which Frankcomb won after 86 shots to take the game to the tiebreak.


Ryder, 28, stepped up a gear in the third game and powered home 11-2 as Frankcomb finally began to show signs of fatigue after his two-hour semi-final the previous evening.


Tasmanian Frankcomb, 24, fought back to lead 4-2 in the fourth game but could not maintain the momentum as Ryder regained control, winning six points in a row from 5-4 down to break his opponent's resistance and reach match ball.


World No.42 Frankcomb claimed one more point but Ryder closed out the match in the next rally to clinch the 500 winner's cheque. He and Frankcomb, who received 350 for his phenomenal efforts, certainly deserved to quench their thirst with a variety of products from co-sponsors Shepherd Neame, Britain's oldest brewery.


After the final Ryder paid tribute to The Mote for staging the tournament and said: "All of the players have really enjoyed the weekend and you have looked after us superbly, so we look forward to coming back next year when the event will hopefully be part of the PSA World Tour.


"This is a superb club and it is great to see so many new tournaments on the calendar taking place in Kent. You really are setting an example for other counties to follow and the players appreciate it so much."


Frankcomb, meanwhile, left the club chewing over a contract offer from Mote first team captain Adrian Humphries to play number one for the side next season.


The Saturday session produced astonishing value for money with four top-class quarter-finals and a doubles competition slotted in before the semis, in which Frankcomb escaped from match ball down against Scottish

No.1 Alan Clyne.


The tournament reception featured music from London squash legend Danny Lee, who has a top-class voice to match his coaching ability. 


The Mote also hosted coaching clinics for juniors and women players, plus a radar gun challeng which was won by Cambridge professional Galen Le Cheminant, who belted the ball at 157mph.




Australian No.2 seed Aaron Frankcomb emerged from two incredible marathon encounters in one day to reach the final of The Mote Classic in Maidstone.


First of all he overcame Malaysian Jam Adnan in the quarter-finals and then survived an astonishing two-hour battle with Scottish No.1 Alan Clyne in the semi-finals.


Frankcomb, the 24-year-old world No.42 from Tasmania, looked on course for a simple victory in the quarter-finals as he led by two games but the determined Adnan covered the court superbly and began to find a winning length. However Frankcomb reasserted his autrhority in the fifth to win 11-9, 11-7, 6-11, 8-11, 11-7 in 65 minutes.


Five hours later he was back on court to face Clyne, who had beaten Kent's Ben Ford 3-1 in the quarter-finals.


Clyne astonished the packed gallery at The Mote Squash Club with his speed around the court and squeezed home 11-9 in an opening game lasting 20 minutes. Frankcomb stayed in front throughout the second but Clyne finished the third game strongly, moving forward from 7-7 to win it 11-8 in 28 minutes.


The fourth game was a brutal battle of attrition lasting 33 minutes.

Frankcomb kept his nose in front to lead 7-5 but Clyne then strung four points together to move within a whisker of victory. However, he struck a volley into the tin with a shot that would have given him match ball.

Then, after Frankcomb had levelled at 9-9, Clyne gained that elusive match ball only to fire a forehand drop shot into the tin.


Frankcomb won the tiebreak 12-10 after a lengthy pause to wipe the copious amounts of sweat from the court floor.


The Australian opened up a 5-1 lead in the fifth but Clyne fought back to level at 5-5. However, Frankcomb's immaculate length and control returned as he eased home 11-6 in one hour and 59 minutes of brutal combat.


The packed crowd gave both players a massive ovation but the happiest spectator was England's top seed Chris Ryder, who now meets Frankcomb in the final after enjoying two straightforward victories.


The 28-year-old world No.36, who is based at Wolverhampton, eased past Galen Le Cheminant of Cambridgeshire and then removed Nafiizwan Adnan, the No.3 seed, in the semi-finals, impressing the audience with his superb court coverage and immaculate ball control.





Kent county squash captain Ben Ford came close to a shock defeat in the first round of The Mote Classic Pro-Am in Maidstone.

Ford, the experienced professional from Welling, survived a battling fightback from the 19-year-old Ahmed El Refee before booking his place in the quarter-finals.

Ford looked comfortable as he won the first two games but El Refee, who was born in Cairo and is now being coached by former world No.2 Peter Marshall in London, hit back to draw level. However, the 33-year-old Ford regained control to ease home 11-5 in the fifth.

Ford now faces a tough battle against Scottish No.1 Alan Clyne in the quarter-finals.

El Refee was the only underdog to win a game as the eight qualifiers took on the top eight pros in the main draw following the previous night's elimination contest.

Kent junior Elliot Knight did himself proud as he enjoyed his moment in the spotlight against top seed Chris Ryder, and the 55-year-old Kent veteran Phill Crane was proud of the three points he managed to acquire against Alan Clyne.

Kent county badminton player Peter Stock, who plays squash for Fitness First Medway, ran and chased every ball against Joel Hinds, the recent British Under-23 runner-up, but soon became aware of the fitness levels required to compete at this level as Hinds worked him from corner to corner.

Karim Safwat, son of Egyptian legend Ahmed Safwat, played superbly against No.2 seed Aaron Frankcomb but was on the receiving end of some brutal rallies as the Australian secured his place in the quarter-finals.

Malaysian brothers Wan and Jam Adnan cruised past Joe Magor (Canterbury) and Dean Newbery (Bexley) and big hitting Galen Le Cheminant, from Cambridgeshire, had too much firepower for Martin Clark of Rodmersham.





Kent youngster Elliot Knight gained the ultimate reward for winning through last night's qualifying round at The Mote Classic Pro-Am in Maidstone, a first round tie with top seed Chris Ryder.


The 19-year-old county junior, from Farningham, beat Eddie Aruede from host club The Mote to book his place on court with the world No.36 from Hertfordshire.


Two other Kent juniors came close to springing surprise victories.


The Mote's own James Evans, who is just 13, lost 13-11 on a tiebreak in the fifth game after a 71-minute marathon match against his vastly experienced opponent, Dean Newbery from Bexley.


Evans, who has recently broken into The Mote Squash Club's Kent League first team, fought back from two games down to win the fourth 14-12 on a tiebreak and held four match balls in the deciding fifth game before Newbery clawed his way back from the brink of defeat to claim a coveted place in tonight's first round against Nafzahizan Adnan from Malaysia.


Another Kent junior, Matt Fincham from the nearby Maidstone Squash Club, also lost a fifth-game tiebreak to The Mote's evergreen veteran Phill Crane. Crane, a member of Kent's over-55 national inter-county champions team, won the first two games comfortably but struggled to stem the tide as the 18-year-old Fincham battled back to take the match the full disatance.


However, experience finally told as Crane squeezed home 12-10 in the tiebreak to gain a place in the first round draw against Scottish number one Alan Clyne, the 22-year-old from Edinburgh.


There was a strong Egyptian flavour in the event as Karim Safwat, son of the late Egyptian squash legend Ahmed Safwat, and the Cairo-born Ahmed El Refee both booked their places in the first round.


Both overcame players from the host club, Safwat beating Adrian Humphries and El Refee taking out Paul Newvell.


Safwat now meets No.2 seed Aaron Frankcomb from Australia, while El Refee faces Kent county captain Ben Ford, who has just returned from a successful trip to Australia, where he won a world ranking event in Perth.


Canterbury's Joe Magor, a former student in Malaysia, will enjoy meeting Malaysia's No.3 seed Nafizwan Adnan after cruising home against Simon Crowther from Tunbridge Wells.


Kent badminton player Peter Stock, who plays squash for Fitness First Medway, beat The Mote's club champion Paul Adam to win a first round clash with Joel Hinds, the recent runner-up in the British Under-23 Championship.


The hard-hitting Martin Clark, from the Rodmersham club near Sittingbourne, overcame Neil Tierney from Brentwood 3-1 to claim a first round tie with Cambridgeshire's Galen Le Cheminant in what promises to be a real test for the radar gun tonight.



A new tournament emerges this week with the launch of The Mote Classic Pro-Am at my home club, The Mote Squash Club in Maidstone, the county town of Kent.

Sixteen locals play off in a qualifying round on Thursday night with the eight winners gaining the opportunity to tackle eight professionals in Friday's first round.

Kent county coach Ben Ford, the No.4 seed, will be assured of local support as he bids for success in the inaugural tournament. The top two seeds are Chris Ryder (Herts) and Australia's Aaron Frankcomb, ranked 36 and 42 respectively in the latest PSA world rankings.

Third seed is Malaysia's Mohamed Nafizwan Adnan, followed by Ford, Scottish No.1 Alan Clyne, Adnan's brother Nafzahizan, and rising Derbyshire star Joel Hinds and Cambridgeshire's shotmaker extraordinaire Galen Le Cheminant.

Qualifiers who are hoping to impress include Ireland's Rob Staunton, Kent county player Neil Baker (from Sittingbourne) and the immensely promising 13-year-old James Evans, who is now playing for the host club's first team. Evans will be playing fellow Kent youngster Elliot Knight in a Junior Challenge ahead of Sunday's final.

This is the final tournament in a busy season at The Mote, which has hosted the Kent County Closed, the four-tournament Kent Grand Prix Series and a sell-out Prince Roadshow featuring Peter Nicol and Tim Garner.

The tournament is sponsored by Harrow rackets and Britain's oldest brewery, the Faversham-based Shepherd Neame.

The event will feature coaching clinics for women and juniors and we are delighted to have attracted such a quality draw in our first year.

Our ambition is to develop the tournament into an annual ranking event but at the same time we are determined to promote grass-roots squash and give local players the opportunity to rub shoulders with the leading professionals.

Tournament schedule

Thursday: Qualifying competition (6pm)
Friday: First round (6pm)
Saturday: Quarter-finals (11am and 12 noon) and semi-finals (5pm and
6pm) plus Plate competition, doubles and tournament party.
Sunday: Doubles semi-finals and final, Plate Final, Junior Challenge and Main Final.