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New champions

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: June 18, 2014

Pictured from left, Jeff Davenport, Sylvia Lueer, honorary club member David Short, Edwina Edwards and Mike Herridge.

Pictured from left, Jeff Davenport, Sylvia Lueer, honorary club member David Short, Edwina Edwards and Mike Herridge.

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BOTH the men's and women's championship finals at Ashbourne Squash Club produced new champions.

The ladies' final saw newcomer Sylvia Lueer up against many-times champion Edwina Edwards and the outcome was never in doubt as Lueer played a strong game with good retrieving to claim a convincing 3-0 win.

The men's final was much more of a nail-biter as veteran Mike Herridge, with a record number of championships under his belt, was unwilling to give up easily against Jeff Davenport.

After a tight first three sets, Davenport had match point in the fourth, only for Herridge to fight back and take the game to a decider.

Herridge built a commanding lead but a final determined push saw Davenport take the game by the scruff of the neck to produce a thriling win.

Meanwhile, the club's fortunes in the Derbyshire summer leagues were revived last Thursday with a win over Duffield 4-1.

The match featured strong performances from Lueer, Sven Rowan and Phil Whittingham and was rounded off with a grandstand finish from Peter Fox, who battled to win in five sets.

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