Evans above! Brother and sister Emyr and Tesni emerged winners for Welsh Wizards on a tough night against Warwick/Kenilworth at the Wales National Sports Centre in Cardiff.
Emyr defeated World number 33 Daniel Mekbib, from the Czech Republic, 11-7, 14-12, while sister Tesni won 11-7, 10-12, 14-12 against Sarah-Jane Perry.
English player Perry is ranked number eight in the World, one place ahead of Evans, but the Cardiff-born British champion swept to victory.
Unfortunately, Wizards were outgunned by University of Warwick/Kenilworth, who emerged 3-2 winners.
The match was a thriller. The first four matches were shared as Warwick’s Enora Villard, making her debut, and Nick Wall won for WarKens.
Evans siblings Tesni and Emyr led the Wizards fightback and set up a decider before WarKens’ Raphael Kandra beat Rhiwbina SRC’s Peter Creed to give the visitors their win.
RAC, WarKens and Coolhurst are all on three wins with just four points separating them.
Wizards v Warwick, match results (Wizards first):
Peter Creed 0-2 Raphael Kandra 13-15, 7-11
Emyr Evans 2-0 Daniel Mekbib 11-7, 14-12
James Peach 0-2 Nick Wall 9-11, 5-11
Tesni Evans 2-1 Sarah-Jane Perry 11-7, 10-12, 14-12
Anna Kimberley 1-2 Enora Villard 6-11, 11-6, 5-11
The Karakal Premier Squash League resumed after the Christmas break with four matches and the outcome was to make it exceedingly tight at the top of both South and North divisions.
Pontefract hosted University of Birmingham Lions in a repeat of last season’s divisional decider and once again the Yorkshire outfit triumphed.
The women’s matches were shared, but Sam Todd, just a day after collecting his third British Junior Open title, put Pontefract in the lead and the win was sealed by Patrick Rooney before Wales number one Joel Makin reduced the deficit for the Lions.
University of Nottingham hosted Northumberland Club/Newcastle University at the Park Club.The visitors took the opening match courtesy of Sam Ward before the home side took the lead with wins from Millie Tomlinson and Richie Fallows.
Former World number ones and World champions Nick Matthew and Karim Abdel Gawad were next on for Nottingham at one and two and both won to secure a home win.
Nottingham are level on 45 points with Pontefract, who stay top courtesy of more wins.
In the Southern Division defending champions RAC entertained Team Coolhurst, and took a 2-0 lead thanks to wins from Alice Green and Alison Waters. Coolhurst’s men were not to be denied though as Angus Gillams and Rui Soares levelled the match, leaving it to Nathan Lake to secure a win for the away team when he beat Ben Coleman.
Karakal Premier Squash League
PONTEFRACT 3-2 BIRMINGHAM LIONS (9-4)
Laurens Jan Anjema 0-2 Joel Makin 10-12, 4-11
Patrick Rooney 2-0 Jan Van Den Herrewegen 11-7, 11-8
Sam Todd 2-0 Stuart Macgregor 11-7, 11-8
Sarah Campion 2-0 Alicia Mead 11-9, 11-6
Katie Smith 0-2 Keira Marshall 3-11, 6-11
NOTTINGHAM 4-1 NEWCASTLE (11-2)
Karim Abdel Gawad 2-0 Tom Ford 11-8, 13-11
Nick Matthew 2-0 Connor Sheen 11-8, 11-4
Richie Fallows 2-0 Owain Taylor 11-8, 11-9
Millie Tomlinson 2-0 Fiona Moverley 11-5, 11-8
Grace Clark 0-2 Sam Ward 8-11, 4-11
RAC 2-3 COOLHURST (6-9)
Ben Coleman 1-2 Nathan Lake 11-5, 8-11, 5-11
Ollie Pett 1-2 Rui Soares 5-11, 11-4, 3-11
Simon White 0-2 Angus Gillams 1-11, 6-11
Alison Waters 2-0 Kace Bartley 11-6, 11-9
Alice Green 2-0 Margot Prow 11-8, 12-10
Tickets for Welsh Wizards next home fixture: Welsh Wizards website – www.welshwizards.com
Remaining Premier Squash League fixtures
Dates to be arranged
St George’s v Welsh Wizards
Wizards – no game
Coolhurst v Welsh Wizards
Dates to be arranged
Welsh Wizards v RAC
Semi-finals and final to be arranged