The Baker Tilly Corporate Squash League is well underway now. KPMG Cobras came into this new league as defending champions, but got themselves off to a rocky start with a 3 match to 2 defeat by DMS. 2 of the matches went the full distance and could have tipped the balance in KPMG’s favor, but it wasn’t to be on the night with DMS’s captain and A player Neil Stone-wigg closing out Erik Fell in a craftily played 5th game which twisted and turned the younger Fell and eventually brought him to his knees 11/9. Aon red Tornadoes, were very decisive against the league sponsor Baker Tilly dropping only 4 games in total and gaining 11 themselves. KPMG Kman were the most aggressive team on the night though, against league newcomers RBC Lions, claiming the maximum 13 points whilst dropping 3 games. The team captains, Samantha Hennings(KPMG Kman) and Alistair Cowper(RBC Lions) were the A players who had the longest game of the night lasting well over an hour with Hennings just getting the better of Cowper 13/11 in the fifth and final game of tremendous squash.
The top 5 positions after the first round saw KPMG Kman out in front with 13, followed by DMS and AON Red Tornadoes both on 11, with Undecided in 4th place and defending champions KPMG Cobras in 5th.
Round 2 provided more intense matches than round 1, however it was DMS who have stamped their feet on this league so far and taken over the top spot. Claiming all the available points with a crushing victory over Baker Tilly 13 points to 1. Baker Tilly’s Richard Reading showed great determination and court coverage against Neil Stone-wigg of DMS with the highest scoring game of the league so far pushing Stone-wigg to the limit, but narrowly missing out on the game 14/16, this proved too tough to replicate for the next two games. We were entertained by a KPMG head to head with the newly named KPMG Kman taking a relaxed stance against the tightly coiled KPMG Kobras. It seems that even though the Kobras claimed a 3 match to 2 victory, the Kman crew had the perfect antidote by gaining more games in the matches they lost and came away with a higher point tally overall 10 to 7. This places the KPMG Kman team just 1 point shy of DMS at the top. RBC Lions and UBS battled it out for the bottom 2 spots, this was a very tight match up and they were stood neck and neck at 2 matches apiece going into the deciding doubles match. Both teams put their best 2 players out there and it showed with a very intense and nail biting game which was only decided by 2 points at the end, RBC Lions took a gamble at 13 all and went for a winner, which paid off giving them the first match ball. This proved to be a difficult point to win as it had to be replayed 3 times due to let decisions by the referee, on the 4th occasion UBS were pinned into a corner and RBC Lions forced an error with a very tight shot deep into the back corner giving the lions the win and taking them off the bottom spot to equal 6th alongside UBS.
The Baker Tilly Corporate Squash League Standings after round 2: