The Baker Tilly Corporate Squash League completed its second week of matches last Thursday and so far competition is tighter and more unpredictable than last season.
KPMG Cobras are the defending champions, but their first week was a disappointing one with a 3-2 match defeat to DMS.
Two of the matches went the full distance and could have tipped the balance in KPMG’s favor, but DMS’s captain and A player Neil Stone-Wigg closed out Erik Fell in a craftily played fifth game, twisting and turning the younger Fell to topple him 11-9.
Aon Red Tornadoes were decisive against the league sponsor Baker Tilly, dropping only four games in total and gaining 11 in the first week.
Newcomers KPMG Kman were the most dominant team on the night though, against league newcomers RBC Lions, claiming the maximum 13 points whilst dropping only three games.
The team captains, Samantha Hennings (KPMG Kman) and Alistair Cowper (RBC Lions) were the A players who had the night’s longest game, lasting well over an hour.
Hennings just got the better of Cowper 13-11 in the fifth and final game of a tremendous match.
After the first round, KPMG Kman were in front with 13, followed by DMS and AON Red Tornadoes both on 11.
Round 2 provided more intense matches than the first week and DMS held on to top spot, claiming all the available points with a crushing victory over Baker Tilly 13-1.
Baker Tilly’s Richard Reading showed great determination and court coverage against Neil Stone-Wigg, with the highest scoring game of the league so far pushing him to the limit, but narrowly missed out in the first game, losing 16-14. This proved too tough to replicate for the next two games.
KPMG Kman took on their corporate colleagues KPMG Kobras and lost 3-2 but they won enough games in their five matches to be only one point behind DMS who lead with 24.
RBC Lions and UBS battled it out for the bottom two spots. It was a tight match-up and they were two matches apiece going into the deciding doubles match which the Lions won.