Yates and Harland take the titles at squash finals

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FRIDAY evening saw Bridlington Squash League host its finals evening at the Sports Hall with some fantastic talent on show.

The night kicked off with the semi finals of the Brittons Open Squash Tournament and Brittons Shield Tournament being contested.

The Shield Tournament saw Simon James playing Carl Harland and Joe Taylor facing Mick Burton.

Harland, semi retired, rolled back the years for one final swansong and disposed of James to land himself a place in the final. Experience also counted in the second semi-final with Burton beating the young Taylor, although he played well and is certainly one to watch for the future.

The semi finals of the Brittons Squash Open featured some of the best players from the local area, with Ian Thurlbeck facing Steve Brown and Adam Yates up against Andy Burns.

First up was Brown, the recently crowned Bridlington Premier League champion, facing Thurlbeck.

This promised to be a classic but Thurlbeck never seemed to get into his rhythm, with Brown able to dispose of him 9-5, 9-6, 9-5.

The second semi final then followed, with Burns looking to book a place in the final but, from as early as the warm-up, you could see Burns was wishing he had stayed at home.

Yates was awesome and showed why many people regard him as the best in the league.

Yates wrapped this one up 9-3, 9-2, 9-5 and had one hand on the trophy.

The final of the Brittons Shield Tournament preceded that of the Open Tournament, with Burton and Harland scrapping it out.

With both players being very physical and Burton even shedding first blood after a racquet to the head.

Medical attention wasn’t required – only that of referee Derek Boyd who tried his best to calm the situation.

Both players fought it out over four games, with Harland being the last man standing and escaping the battlefield with a 3-1 victory and his name on the Brittons Shield.

The final of the Brittons Open closed the evening, with Brown and Yates sharing the blood-stained court and putting on a terrific display of talent for the spectators in attendance.

Yates was far too strong for Brown though, and managed to impose himself over the current Premier League champion, taking the match 9-1, 9-2, 9-4.

With the new season starting right away, the league is still looking for new members. Visit www.bridlingtonsquashleague.co.uk for more details.