Dan Easton earns silver medal at British National Squash Championships
Melbourn trio fly the flag at national championships
Dan Easton was thwarted in his bid for a national title in the final of the England Deaf Squash Association tournament.
The event was staged concurrently with the British National Squash Championships and the Masters event at the National Squash Centre in Manchester, and Melbourn had three players represented across the competition.
Dan Easton was taking part in the EDSA event alongside brother Michael, and the draw pitted them to meet in the semi-finals.
Both brothers topped their pools with two wins, with Dan then beating Allan Henry in the quarter-finals and Michael defeating Simon Jones.
In the semi-finals, Dan won 3-0 to reach the final for the second time in his careeer, where he faced reigning champion, Sussex’s Matthew Hewitt.
But Dan was beaten 11-5, 11-9, 6-11, 11-4 as Hewitt secured his second win over the Melbourn player in an EDSA national final, the first coming in 2009.
“I was disappointed not to win but I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of playing on the show court,” said Dan. “Full credit to Matt on his victory.”
Michael Easton won the bronze medal, beating Shane Pletts, and said: “I played really well against many of my opponents in plenty of matches, but lost against Dan.
“He played an incredible and challenging match against me. I’m very proud of myself to achieve third place in this competition and I enjoyed lots of squash matches – I look forward to competing again in the next competitions.”
Clubmate Kate Bradshaw took part in the women’s masters over-35 competition and was seeded fourth.
After beating Wales’ Rachel Cooper 11-7 in the fifth and deciding game, she set up a semi-final match against defending champion, reigning European Masters champion and World Masters runner-up Lauren Briggs, but was beaten 11-1, 11-3, 11-4.
Bradshaw said: “I was relieved to get through my match against Rachel as I really wanted the opportunity to play Lauren.
“She’s a fantastic player – she makes the game look so easy with her shot selection and accuracy.
“It was a great experience to get on court with her, but I hope the draw is a bit kinder to me next year as I’d rather meet her in the final!”