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14 Sep 2018

On Thursday 13th round 3 and 4 of play in the Manx Pronto Dave Karran Memorial Tournament 2018 was completed. In round 3 the majority of matches went according to seeding with few of exceptions, Steve Baker (6) overcame regular sparring partner Mason McLarney (3) in 2 straight games but the last went to 14-12; Lucy Kerr got the better of Lewi Long in 3 very close games and Dave Johnson (a player new to IOM Squash) took control in his match and won in just 2 games. Other matches in this round were very close with Dave Freer, Liam Davies, Jas Singh, Beth Jones and Fatheha Essa all taking their higher ranked opponents all the way to 3 games before the match was settled. Round 4 is the penultimate round of the competition with nothing much separating the opponents in terms of playing level. Top seeds Thomas Whiteway and Hamish Thornton both won comfortably to assure themselves of a spot in the final. Upsets came when Mike Hayler (12) beat Steve Morley (9) to grab a spot in the plate final where he will meet Ben Peach (11) who bettered Calum Baker (10) to get the other spot in the Plate final. Both these matches went all the way and were very close. Another newbie to IOM Squash is Magnus Lamprecht (16) , he has had a good tournament and again played some good squash to only just beat Mark Grace (13) and improve his tournament ranking. Other more minor upsets came in the form of both Dave Freer and Michelle Smith being victors in their round 4 matches. An image showing the round 3 and 4 matches along with the results is attached to this article, along with the final round of matches. The final will be played on Friday 14th September at about 7.30 when the champion for 2018 will be decided. The final round matches are also shown below, the seeding is followed by the player -
1 Thomas Whiteway
2 Hamish Thornton
3 Steve Baker
4 Jason Crease
5 Lyndon Cheetham
6 Mason McLarney
7 Dafydd Lewis
8 Mark Webster S
9 Mike Hayler
10 Ben Peach
11 Calum Baker
12 Steve Morley
13 Magnus Lamprecht
14 Dave Freer
15 Liam Davies
16 Mark Grace
17 Dean Sowerby
18 Liam Townsend
19 Lucy Kerr
20 Brian Cowley
21 Michelle Smith
22 Jas Singh
23 Lewi Long
24 Beth Jones
25 Jon Cox
26 Luke Tippett
27 Dave Johnson
28 Steven Wright
29 Fatheha Essa
30 Antony Bentley R