Torquay on course for Devon double
TORQUAY are through to the final of the Devon Cup following a 4-1 win over Fort Stamford.
Ian Bransdon and Ben Sutton sent Torquay into a 2-0 lead with wins over Dominic Lyons and Duncan Hefford respectively.
Tony Tremain beat Steve Lewis in the third-string game to haul Fort Stamford back into contention, but not for long.
Stuart Perrett defeated Mark Chapman at two to give Torquay an unassailable 3-1 lead.
Dave Palmer at one had a right tussle with Ben Rodgers before winning it in the fourth to seal a 4-1 win.
Bransdon, unbeaten this season, went one up (11-7) then two down (8-11 and 7-11) before wining the fourth (11-5) and fifth (11-9).
Sutton's big match experience showed in the first two games against Hefford as he won them 11-6 and 11-7.
Hefford didn't give up, winning the third 11-2.
The fourth stood a 9-9 and it was anybody's. A controversial stroke call by the marker went in Sutton's favour on match ball to give Torquay a 2-0 lead.
Lewis may have been Torquay's only loser on the night, but what a match it was.
Tremain took the first 11-8, but in the second Lewis had to come from behind to take it to a tie-break. He eventually levelled the match taking the second 14-12.
Tremain regained control in the third, winning well 11-7.
Lewis got to 10-7 up in the fourth and looked likely to force a decider. But after missing a simple drop shot Tremain got to 8-10, and the pressure mounted.
Tremain took it to a tie-break and went straight through to claim the match 12-10.
Perrett and Chapman couldn't be separated at first, winning a game each on a tie-break in a 1-1 running scoreline.
Perrett showed great determination to storm through the third game 11-6.
Chapman knew he had a hard task to get back into the match but he gave it a good go in the fourth. It went to 9-9 before Perrett came through the winner 11-9 giving him a 3-1 win and Torquay a place in the final.
There was still a lot of good squash to watch as the number one string match went on last.
Rogers took Palmer by surprise at first before going down 11-7.
Rodgers made light work of Palmer to win the second 11-3.
The third was evenly match as it got to 6-6. Then there was a huge rally won by Palmer, which seemed to wipe Rodgers out.
Palmer's fitness helped him through 11-7.
Palmer didn't drop a point in the fourth winning it 11-0.
If Torquay win this match and the Devon Premier league, this would be an amazing achievement as the double of both cup and league has only been achieved twice before in the history of the club over the past 42 years.
TORQUAY One hosted University of Exeter in their Premier League match this week and won to stay top.
First on was Bransdon against Josh Tipping. He won in style winning 3-0 11-6, 11-8 and 11-7.
There was a different story first on the glass back as Andy Robb never got going against Seb Posner of the University and went down 3-0 11-6, 11-3 and 11-6. This levelled the night.
At string three Lewis played Joel Brickell. Lewis took the first 11-9 but then got sloppy in the second (8-11). Two 11-3 wins gave Lewis victory.
Perrett was too good at number two for Jonny Machin beating him in three 11-9, 11-6 and 11-4.
Palmer had a little wobble before beating Alex Cope at one 11-7, 5-11, 11-7 and 11-6.