Chichester squash stars sparkle – and go top

Robbie Temple helped Chichester to a superb win at Exeter
Robbie Temple helped Chichester to a superb win at Exeter

THEY were facing the Diamonds – but it was Chichester who sparkled when they were hosted by Exeter in the latest round of Premier Squash League matches.

A stunning 5-0 win sent them to the top of their group.

At Bristol, Chichester had suffered a narrow loss – but this was a fixture they needed to win, and did.

Exeter were without their Egyptian top order but the top four men were on Chichester’s teamsheet.

Emma Chorley got the visitors off to a flyer with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Rhianna O’Donnell.

Nathan Lake, making his debut for Chichester, quickly dispatched James Snell. Lake dominated the centre of the court to win the match 11-8, 11-9, 11-3 and put Chichester two up.

Robbie Temple played a superb game for Chichester, reading Tim Vail’s game right the way through. Despite dropping the second game he ran out a 3-1 winner to give Chichester the overall win they wanted.

Rex Hedrick dropped the first game to former Chichester player Olly Pett, but Hedrick’s never-say-die attitude prevailed. After 65 minutes, Hedrick completed his win to make it 4-0 to the visitors.

Chichester’s new recruit, Adrian Waller, played Olli Tuominen. There was little to choose between the two, ranked 26 and 27 in the world.

A bitty game ensued with Tuominen making every effort to break Waller’s rhythm and stop Chichester completing a crushing victory.

The match went to five games and Waller clung on to win the decider 11-8 to give Chichester an outstanding win and put them top of the southern section of the league, a point ahead of current champions Surrey.

The next match is at home on Tuesday, November 25, against St George’s Hill and tickets are on sale on 01243 785664.

A good win is required if Chichester are to remain in pole position. Until the teams are announced it is difficult to predict which way it will go, but a packed house is expected to support the hosts.