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County Championship Results - Congratulations to Martin Geear

This week the Leicestershire senior county closed squash competition was held at the Leicester squash club.  The O45 competition was won by Martin Geear. He comfortably defeated Dave Wood in the final.  Wood had unexpectedly beaten the number 2 seed Dave Shaw in the semifinal.

The ladies final was contested by Rachael Calvert and Jo Burnett.  The first game two games went comfortably to Calvert.  However, she made a string of unforced errors early in the third and despite recovering to 10 all eventually lost the game 11-13.  Calvert was back to full concentration in the fourth and won it comfortably 11-5 and the match by three games to one.

In the men's competition Harborough's Martin Geear had a good run making it to the semifinal with 3-1 wins over both Kev Simpson and another Harborough player, Steve Ward. Geear then faced the former world ranked player and top seed Darren Lewis in the semifinal.  In the first game Lewis generously conceded half a dozen points whilst letting his opponent practice a few of his shots.  No mercy was shown in the second game as Lewis turned on the power & dominated winning it 11-1.  Wondering if his opponent was still alive, Lewis eased off in the third and Geear was once again able to bring his shots into play and managed to snatch the game 11-5.  Lewis stepped up a gear once more & completely dominated the fourth and final game winning it without dropping a point.

In the final the hotly favoured Lewis met the number two seed James Wright who had beaten James Hodson 3-1 in the other semi.  From start to finish the match was of the highest quality.  Surprisingly Wright raced into a strong lead with outstanding shot play winning the first game and holding game ball in the second before Lewis sneaked it 13-11.  Wright once again dominated the early stages of the third game by mercilessly moving Lewis from corner to corner.  Lewis worked hard making some unbelievable pickups and testing Wright's fitness.  Wright hung on & won the third. However, when a few points down in the fourth did not contest it any further - saving his energy
for the final game.  The fifth was fiercely fought over: Wright repeatedly played shots that would have been outright winners in normal circumstances; Lewis retrieved the impossible time after time.  Wright held match balls at 10-9 and again at 11-10 before finally winning the game 13-11.

It was a spectacular match and a treat for all who came to watch.

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