Middleton squash tournament is 65 years young

Middleton squash winners Steve Crymble and Louis Young
Middleton squash winners Steve Crymble and Louis Young
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Middleton Sports Club again hosted the annual invitation doubles - celebrating the 65th anniversary of this well-established competition.

It has become a regular event in many people’s diaries with the opportunity to play some very competitive squash and meet up with old friends.

The tournament is held over two days with all the finals being played on the second day to attract spectators and showcase the high-quality squash which is always a feature of this tournament.

Participants come from Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire and Kent and are offered the opportunity to participate in one of three graded competitions and a mixed one. Ages this year ranged from 14 to 60-plus and there was strong competition from ladies’ pairs in the B and C groups.

The tournament is organised by Brandon Hanley with support from family members and the squash committee at Middleton Sports Club. The event finale is a meal and social evening for all participants and guests.

The winners of this year’s men’s A event were Phil Bull and Steve Wykes, narrowly beating Brandon Hanley and Matthew Hansford in the final game. This was a captivating match with excellent squash being played by all four players.

The B event was won by Jamie Knight and Mark Phillips with the C event won by up-and-coming youngster Louis Young and partner Steve Crymble.

The mixed competition saw the well-established mother and son pairing of Buntha and Brandon Hanley achieve success in a very well-contested match that provided great entertainment for the spectators.

Prizes were awarded in a ceremony held immediately after the men’s A final.