ASHBOURNE Ladies Squash team came home from third-placed Duffield with a prestigious 4-1 win, doing the double over their neighbours for the first time.
The result keeps Ashbourne second in the Derbyshire Squash League Ladies Division, behind unbeaten leaders Burton, and with two games left, they still have an outside shot at the title.
Rebecca Avis at number five was up first, and she started very lackadaisically – allowing her opponent to gain confidence and play some useful shots.
Avis lost the first game badly and was well behind in the second game when she realised she could use her superior power and speed round the court to put pressure on her opponent.
The game then changed dramatically as Avis dominated and won 3-1.
The next match was critical when Michelle Doran at number four lost the first game easily, then won the second with the next two shared.
That led to a fifth-set decider, and Doran’s fitness carryied her through to a 3-2 victory.
At number three, Sylvia Luer put in an assured performance to win 3-0 and give Ashbourne an unassailable 3-0 lead and the match.
Jane McIntyre put in a professional performance in her captain’s role to beat a promising youngster 3-0 at number two.
At number one, Edwina Edwards played Duffield’s county champion Lesley Sturgess, losing 3-0 in a match in which Ashbourne had no chance.
Ashbourne’s final two games are against rock-bottom Rolls Royce next Monday, and then against title rivals Burton in a match that could decide who ends the season as champions.
Ashbourne men’s second team slipped up in their hopes of winning Division Four after a 3-2 defeat to Duffield fifths.