PREMIER SQUASH LEAGUE High fives for Exeter Diamonds

Premier Squash League logoExeter Diamonds set Premier Squash League group B pace following a maximum points victory over Surrey side St George's Hill at Devon & Exeter Squash & Racketball Club.

Triple Commonwealth Games gold medallist Natalie Grinham made a powerful start for Exeter by beating former England international Dominique Lloyd-Walter 3-0.

To the delight of the home crowd, Michael Harris, Tom Pashley and Tim Vail also racked up home wins, with Vail securing an unassailable 3-0 lead for Diamonds.

Contrary to expectations, the final match was also completed in record time. Renowned marathon regular Joey Barrington saw off Stephen Meads 11-5, 11-2, 11-2 in just 26 minutes to crown a scorching 5-0 home win.

"We just like to have top players playing top squash in the South West," said a delighted Exeter Diamonds team manager Adam Lings later. "We often get forgotten, but we love to try and upset the big boys!"

Winchester Racquets & Fitness held off the challenge of visitors UWE Bristol to win 3-2.

The turning point came when South Africa-born Tristan Eysele, making his PSL debut, recovered from 2-1 down to beat Welshman David Haley and level the tie for Winchester.

After the next two matches were shared, it was left to former full-timer Stacey Ross to defeat Irish touring pro Arthur Gaskin 4-11, 11-7, 18-16, 11-6 and clinch victory for the hosts.

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