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HARRY Taylor became the youngest March Squash & Racquetball Club squash champion when beating former title holder Matt Fiveash in the closed final.

The 17-year-old, who also reached the handicap competition final, started well in the final but Fiveash kept with him forcing the first game into a tie break. Taylor eventually took the game after a couple of unforced errors by Fiveash.

The rest of the match took a similar pattern with Fiveash playing his usual attacking game of squash against the speed and recovery skills of the youthful Taylor.

Taylor took the second game and although Fiveash was the better shotmaker, it was the sheer speed of Taylor that made it virtually impossible for Fiveash to hit a winning shot. Taylor took the third game to clinch the title.

In the handicap competition Taylor was up against second team captain Jason Butt and he needed to win by 44 points to Butt’s 6. Butt took the first game and was looking to be cruising to an easy victory in the second before Taylor took the next 29 points. However, a tired Butt managed to dig deep and take the game 15-13.

Lee Russell met newcomer Chris Parsons in the plate final. Underdog Parsons put up a brave display but Russell proved too strong and won the match 3-0.

The Past Masters competition saw two ex-club champions take to the court to do battle. Phil Godfrey started the match well but ultimately Ed Lefevre proved too strong and took the match 3-0.

The men’s racquetball final saw Matt Fiveash meet Nick Pooley.

The first game came down to a tie break situation, but it was Pooley who managed to take it 16-14. The second and third games saw Pooley finding the space to get Fiveash out of position and play some winning shots, finally taking the match 3-0.