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Tolley shines as Buxton breeze into the top four

Confident Buxton leapt into the top four of the table in Division Four South of the North-West Counties Squash League after a commanding performance against Bollington’s second team.

In their sixth win from nine matches this term, Buxton triumphed 19-5, including five bonus points, even though they started on a losing note when Dan Mayer went down 3-2 to Olli Stewart. It was an even contest, with both players failing to find consistency, and the score was based heavily on who made the fewest mistakes. Eventually, Mayer was beaten in the fifth, 15-12, 12-15, 15-7, 13-15, 13-15.

Buxton got on the scoresheet via Colin Andrews, who had the skill to keep the ball out of the reach of his less mobile opponent, Andrew Phillips. He quickly established a two-game lead and although, as often happens, he let Phillips back into it in the third, he pounded him in the fourth for a 3-1 victory (15-12, 15-9, 12-15, 15-11).

Third on court was Gary Bramwell for a match against Mark Collins in which both players ran fast to cover the court and fired the ball hard. It looked as if it would be tight, but Bramwell gave himself an edge when he hit it straight down the wall and went on to win 3-1 (15-13, 13-15, 15-12, 15-11).

Next up, Keith Tolley demonstrated that his year off with injury hadn’t cost him any of his racket skills or ability to read the game. His drop-shots were stunning as he coasted home 3-0 (15-11, 15-6, 15-10) against Tom Binder.

Buxton’s win was wrapped up by number one, Rick Walters, who also sailed to a 3-0 success (15-13, 15-6, 15-11), against Malcolm Kendrick.