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TOMMO SO CLOSE TO GLORY IN KENT OPEN

TOMMO SO CLOSE TO GLORY IN KENT OPEN The Mote’s Head Coach Chris Tomlinson came desperately close to a stunning victory in the Kent Open Squash Championship. In front of a packed gallery at The Mote, the 39-year-old Tomlinson led by two games to love against the number two qualifying seed, Asim Khan from Pakistan. The 19-year-old from Lahore was constantly wrong-footed as Tomlinson stepped up the court and fired in a succession of dazzling winners. Tomlinson led 7-4 in the third game and was just a handful of points away from victory. But the enormous effort took its toll and Khan forced his way back to hold game ball at 10-9. Tomlinson twice drew level but Khan held his nerve to win the game 14-12. It was a massive turning point. The scores were level at the mid-point of the fourth and fifth games but each time Khan pulled away to clinch victory, with a scoreline of 8-11, 9-11, 14-12, 11-6, 11-7 after 63 minutes of thrilling squash. Another Kent legend, Bexley’s Ben Ford, earned a place in the qualifying finals when he beat The Mote’s Bradley Masters. Ford, the British over-35 champion, is now one of the country’s leading coaches and has been working with Masters and his brother, world No.81 Josh, for several years. The 19-year-old Bradley won the opening game but the 40-year-old Ford’s experience and silky racket skills saw him through to face Nick Mulvey from Hertfordshire. Mulvey fought back from two games down to beat top qualifying seed Joe Green. The Mote’s James Evans lost in straight games to Brian Byrne of Ireland, and Bexley’s Gary Nisbet, winner of the pre-qualifying competition for local players, went down to Micah Franklin of Bermuda. Tournament Schedule: Wednesday May 25: Qualifying Finals (5.30pm) Thursday May 26: Main Draw First Round (5.30pm) Friday May 27: Quarter-Finals (5.30pm) Saturday May 28: Semi-Finals (5pm). Plus One-Day Graded Tournament, Tournament Party, BBQ and live band Sunday May 29: Final (4pm) preceded Junior Challenge Tournament RESULTS: SELECT GAMING PSA KENT OPEN Qualifying First Round: Nick Mulvey (Eng) beat (1) Joe Green (Eng) 4-11, 7-11, 11-6, 12-10, 11-5 (70 mins) Ben Ford (Eng) beat (L) Bradley Masters (Eng) 3-1: 9-11, 11-3, 11-3, 11-5 (35 mins) Patrick Rooney (Eng) beat (5) Sean Conroy (Ire) 11-0, 11-6, 9-11, 11-7 (41 mins) Ondrej Uherka (Cz Rep) beat (3) Rui Soares (Portugal) 11-6, 1-11, 11-6, 11-8 (60 min) (4) Youssef Soliman (Egypt) beat Emyr Evans (Wales) 11-8, 11-4, 11-7 (38 mins) (8) Brian Byrne (Ireland) beat (L) James Evans (Eng) 11-7, 11-5, 11-5 (25 mins) (7) Micah Franklin (Bermuda) beat (L) (Gary Nisbet (Eng) 11-7, 11-4, 11-2 (23 mins) (2) Asim Khan (Pakistan) beat (L) Chris Tomlinson (Eng) 8-11, 9-11, 14-12, 11-6, 11-7 (63 mins) QUALIFYING FINALS (Wednesday May 25th) (6) Ben Ford v Nick Mulvey (20.30) Patrick Rooney v Ondrej Uherka (18.30) (4) Youssef Soliman v Brian Byrne (17.30) (2) Asim Khan v Micah Franklin (19.30) PICTURES: Images attached of Chris Tomlinson / Ben Ford / James Evans Pictures by KIM ROBERTS Further images available at: http://kentopensquash.co.uk/2016-tues-qualifiers/ Alan Thatcher Select Gaming Kent Open at The Mote Squash Club: May 22-29, 2016 www.motesquash.co.uk WORLD SQUASH DAY IN AID OF UNICEF, October 22, 2016 www.justgiving.com/WorldSquashDay Editor and Publisher: www.squashmad.com CANARY WHARF SQUASH CLASSIC: www.canarywharfsquash.com Tel: 44-1622 672518 Mobile: 44-7971 639 829 Email: alan@squashmad.com

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