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Bishop's Stortford Squash & Racketball Club beat Chantry to retain George Smith Memorial Tournament title




Bishop's Stortford retained the George Smith Memorial Tournament trophy by beating Chantry.

The hosts ran out 12-7 winners at Bishop's Stortford Squash & Racketball Club to hold onto the silverware they took off their opponents last year.

The annual friendly match between the town's two squash clubs, which features both squash and racketball, celebrates the life of Smith, who was a well-known member of both clubs who died suddenly 25 years ago.

Bishop's Stortford retained the George Smith Memorial Tournament title against Chantry (24977157)
Bishop's Stortford retained the George Smith Memorial Tournament title against Chantry (24977157)

The event, which on this occasion came in Chantry's 40th year on the Hertfordshire and Essex squash scene, saw both teams field 19 players of all abilities. Stortford captain Fred Cooke and his opposite number Paul Carter did their best to match players of similar skills in order to ensure good contests.

Stortford dominated the top-level matches with Will Johnson beating Matt Delaney in two close games, Jake Byrne overcoming Gavin Noffki - which was a tough one for Noffki who was returning from injury - and Chris Bhatt beating Mark Douglas.

Further down the order, Chantry's strength in depth started to show with skipper Carter, Vinh Tram, John Grieves and Rory McGurk, among others, coming out on top.

But it was Stortford's night as Cooke got to lift the trophy after some entertaining matches as well as excellent hospitality put on by the hosts and organisers.


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