David Allman of Redland Green Club won the Avon County Closed 2019-20 in Sunday’s final, held at the Lansdown Tennis & Squash club in Bath. In a tightly contested final against the defending champion John Welton of Lansdown, the Avon County Junior head coach, Allman took the title with a 3-1 win, prevailing 8-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-7.
It was a challenging tournament for Allman, who came through successive five game battles in earlier rounds, including a typically resilient recovery from match ball down against Dean Boys.
On the women’s side, Natasha Burrett retained her title with a 3-0 victory against Abigail Freeman,winning 11-6,11-3, 11-6. Burrett came through a tough semi-final against Katie Lloyd, while on the other side of the draw Freeman enjoyed an impressive win over Pippa Green of Lansdown.
The tournament attracted a healthy entry of over 60 players, with competitions in several age categories alongside the main draws. John Welton managed the tournament with great efficiency, ably assisted by Finn McManus, and even managed to find the time to reach the final.
A full list of the winners in the various different categories is below, many congratulations to the new county champions!
Men’s Open; Winner – David Allman; Runner-up – John Welton
Women’s Open; Winner – Natasha Burrett; Runner-up – Abigail Freeman
Men’s over-35s; Winner – Richard Colman; Runner-up – Richard MacBryde
Women’s B Grade; Winner – Wendy Harrison; Runner-up – Quita Colston
Men’s over-45s; Winner – Mike Nicholls; Runner-up – Tim Jones
For more information on squash in Bristol and Bath, clubs in the local area and how you can get involved, check – http://www.avonsquash.co.uk