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Grant 3rd Time Lucky in Cleethorpes

Cleethorpes Cricket Club Invitational Tournament

Cleethorpes, UK

1 James Willstrop
11/6, 11/8, 11/4
5/8 Charles Sharpes

James Willstrop
†11/5, 12/10, 11/9
Chris Simpson

James Willstrop
12/14, 11/5, 5/11, 6/11 (65m)
Adrian Grant

5/8 Adam Auckland
11/7, 11/1, 11/1
3/4 Chris Simpson

5/8 Chris Ryder
11/7, 11/6, 8/11 , 11/4 ††††††
3/4 Adrian Grant

Adrian Grant
11/9, 12/14, 11/9, 11/2, 11/4
LJ Anjema

5/8 Simon Parke
11/6, 11/9, 9/11, 11/3
2 LJ Anjema

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Grant 3rd Time Lucky in Cleethorpes

After 3 unsuccessful finals Adrian Grant (pictured left) finally wins the Cleethorpes Cricket Club Invitational Tournament.

James Willstrop was made to fight all the way in his first round match against Charles Sharpes, a 3-0 defeat not doing justice to Sharpes.

Former junior at Cleethorpes Adam Auckland pushed Chris Simpson in the first game but seem to let the occasion get the better of him and quickly lost the next two.

Two favourites at Cleethorpes Adrian Grant and Chris Ryder didnít disappoint, the movement of both players was a pleasure to watch with Grant coming out on top 3-1.

Two players for the first time in Cleethorpes where LJ Anjema and Simon Park, Anjema looking in control took the first two, narrowly in the second. Parke showed his fighting qualities and took the next rolling back the years with some lovely touches. Anjema came out strong in the fourth and took a big lead never to be pulled back, 3-1.

Saturdays semi-finals brought together the four top seeds, first on Willstrop v Simpson, Willstrop played tight controlled squash not giving Simpson a chance to get into the game. The second was squash at its best both players now on their games and Simpson pushing Willstrop all the way, with a couple of fortunate nicks helping Willstrop push through. The third was much the same and at 8-6 Simpson looking in control of the rally suffered again as Willstrop hitting the nick at the back of the court when under pressure. This proved to be quite decisive as he went on to take the game 11-9.

From the very start it was nip and tuck, Anjema taking the first 11-9, Grant the second 14-12, the third once again close 11-9 to Anjema. Grant opened up a 3-0, then 5-2 lead in the third and went straight through to 11-2.

†He came out fast and furious in the fifth taking a 6-0 lead, Anjema came back to 2-7 then 4-9 but the gap was too much , 11-4 to Grant.

Would the hard semi-final have taken too much out of Grant although Willstrop's (pictured right) was harder than suggested? No quarter given as the squash was breath-taking, long searching rallies in what was the best single game of the tournament 14-12 to Grant. The second close again up to 4-4 then Willstrop seemed to have found the measure of his opponent, 11-5. What seemed was not to be as Grant took a 4-1 lead and from 7-5 went on to take the game with a few unforced errors by Willstrop. Again Grant came out quickly, 4-0, Willstrop came back to 3-7 not giving anything up but looking the more tired of the two and so it was as Grant ran out 11-6, a winner at last in Cleethorpes.

To be able to watch squash played at such a pace and standard is a pure pleasure for the packed crowd at Cleethorpes and they justly rewarded the players with their applause. With entertainment and such superb athletes as these surely squash is bound for the Olympics.

Main sponsors, Oceanblue Logistics, Paul Rudd Solicitors, Broadburns Chemist, Cleethorpes Ten-pin Bowling, Bring Logistics, Total Lindsey Oil Refinery Uk, Immingham Transport and Cristal Chemicals Uk.