November 30, 2017, by mzydh4
Premier Squash League: vs Birmingham
University of Nottingham – 3
Birmingham – 2
A thrilling comeback from University of Nottingham’s star-studded team, saw the side recover from 2-0 down to defeat Birmingham 3-2 at David Ross Sports Village!
Proceedings were opened on the Glass Court by 20-year old Hannah Ramadan, World Number 58, against Birmingham’s Millie Tomlinson. Despite racing to winning the first game of the match, Ramadan was toppled 11-6 12-14 3-11 5-11 by Tomlinson.
Concurrently, over on Court 6, the Green and Gold’s Lewis Walters was dispatched by Belgian Jan van den Herrewegen, without winning a game, by a scoreline of 7-11 8-11 6-11.
With Birmingham now leading 2-0, there was no room for another Nottingham slip-up. The final three matches of the evening needed to go Nottingham’s way in order for the reigning Premier Squash League champions to continue their unbeaten season, and to maintain their lead at the top of this year’s table.
Birmingham came within a game of sealing victory, as Richie Fallows trailed opponent Jamie Haycocks by 2 games to 1, before a lively home crowd appeared to rejuvenate him. In a tense match, which saw temperatures raised on court over multiple scoring disagreements, Fallows staged a phenomenal revival to close out 9-11 11-9 7-11 11-8 11-8, putting Nottingham on the scoreboard.
UoN’s Declan James levelled the scoreline by holding off a fight-back from Peter Creed and closing out a nervy 3-2 victory. This meant that the evening’s spoils would be decided in the final match of the evening, so all eyes were on reigning Commonwealth Games Singles Champion and Former World Number 1, Nick Matthew!
Matthew’s class shone through as he cruised to victory against Birmingham’s Welshman, Joel Makin, who is ranked 42 in the world. The 11-8 11-8 11-6 scoreline was suffice to ensure that the University of Nottingham’s comeback was complete, and that a 3-2 win over Birmingham was secured. UoN are now 26 points clear at the summit of Premier Squash League Division A, and look in a strong position to retain their title.
Keep your eyes on the UoN Sport Social Media channels, to find out how you could see future matches in person and cheer the Green and Gold to another victory!