The St. Ives Cambridgeshire Racketball Open took place on Saturday 20th September at St Ivo One Leisure, St Ives with over 30 players taking part.
With last year’s A Grade winner not taking part the title was wide open! Everyone was excited and a competitive field meant many were in with a chance. Eight competitors were whittled down to the final two before John Dewis saw off Charlie Farrow 3-0 to take the title. John was the strongest player all day and in the end deserved the win.
In the A Plate Akhtar Khokhar overcame Matt Dixon in five gruelling games to eventually win 3-2 with some tidy shots eventually wearing Matt down.
In the B Grade Mike English showed his class to defeat Clyde Finch in the Final 3-0. Clyde worked hard but Mike just had too much, after only entering as a late replacement!
In the Plate Phil Lewis beat Sohain Tabassum to take the title for the second successive year.
The Over 50s Final saw Mike English and Akthar Khokhar battle it out. Both players came on straight from their B grade and A Plate Finals respectively and neither refused to slow down, but Mike eventually was able to take the title in straight games.
In the Plate Matt Boucher beat Alex Livingstone 3 game to 2 with some high quality play.
Byron Williams, the tournament organiser, said: “I've held this tournament now for a few years and every year has been different; familiar faces competing alongside new entrants. It is hard to keep up with it all at times, but with the encouragement from a few it's always a success.
First of all I would like to thank Oneleisure St Ives, England Squash & Racketball, UK-Racketball, Mr Derek Darnell, and the St Ivo Racquets Club.There are more I could mention too, but there isn't enough space to list everyone!
Most of all I would like to say thank you to the competitors and Matt Dixon for your help and support.
The tournament wouldn't be what it is without the people supporting it and coming from far and wide to enter, so as ever it is much appreciated and I look forward to seeing you all next year to see if John can reclaim the title!”
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