9:28 AM November 22, 2021
Simply over 36 yrs in the past Cromer squash participant Jeff Morris tragically died on courtroom and the membership decided to honour his reminiscence by instigating a event for recreationrs aged 35 and over which was held for The primary time Inside the autumn of 1985.
Aside from a six-yr break Throughout the flip of the century, and final yr when Covid was the winner, the event has been held Yearly since and this yr was the Thirty sixth anniversary of that first event.
In The final on November 18, Richard Keeble, who gained The distinguished membership championship final month, turned the fifteenth completely different participant to wInside the title and solely the fifth To finish the championship/Over 35 double in The identical yr as he beat the 2019 deffinishing champion, Matthew Jordan, 13-10 6-13 13-5 13-7 in a properly contested final.
Keeble was having fun with Inside the event for The primary time and he went into The final as a agency favourite to wInside the title having beforehand defeated the 5 events former champion John Baker 3-1 in his semi-final match.
The match was performed beneath The mannequin new squash scoring guidelines of “level a rally” scoring and in An in depth first recreation Keeble just edged forward 13-10 to open up a 1-0 lead.
Jordan fought again properly to take the second recreation 13-6 however Keeble’s greater consistency proved decisive as he took The subsequent two video recreations 13-5 13-7.
Jordan, who himself was membership champion in 2018, was gracious in defeat saying: “It was An excellent match to play in And that i really feel we each performed properly and gave The huge Quantity of spectators A great recreation To watch. As a Outcome of of All of the spectators and to everyone who took half Inside the event”.
Jeff Morris’ son, Jeff, writing on social media, additionally thanked everyone who took half.
Technical director Barry Starling, who as quickly as as quickly as extra was prevented by damage from Getting into the event, said: “By way of the yrs We now have witnessed some tremfinishous finals and although this was decided in 4 video recreations it was extreme on extreme quality and provided a terrific commercial for age associated squash”.
Subsequent month the membership Shall be holding its final event of the yr when these recreationrs aged 45 and over Shall be bidding to wInside the membership veterans’ title.