IN one of the closest end of season chases for the title in memory, Oakham failed by one game to retain their championship trophy.
Despite winning their final match against Spalding 2nd this week, Oakham fell agonisingly short.
They have fifth seed Simon Stockton to thank for that.
Continuing his run of appalling form, Stockton was beaten to a pulp by an opponent even older and heavier. Stockton couldn’t manage one game (he didn’t to win the match) as his shots crashed into the tin point after point as the occasion got the better of him.
Captain Steve Lockwood restored some pride with a convincing 3-1 victory at seed four. In full control of the tee from the very beginning, Lockwood pulled his opponent to all corners of the court in a display that ranks as one of the finest of the season.
At seed three Justin Fowler carried on from last week by scurrying to an easy 3-0 victory.
Fowler will win the award for covering the most mileage on court over the season; a straight line is anathema to this complicated athlete.
Once again Richard Woolveridge made heavy work of a light opponent in notching a 3-1 win. Woolveridge is becoming something of an embarrassment to the team such is the frequency with which he asks the referee for lets.
Back in form Justin Boughey wrapped it all up in style by demolishing Mark Smith in the top seed contest 3-0 to finish off the evening. Smith simply could not cope with Boughey’s idiosyncratic style and gave up before even going on court.
Simon Stockton must now look for another club as Oakham Squash Club drowns its sorrows over the festive period. The mulled wine will taste a little bitter this year.
Oakham Squash Club