S A National Squash Championships
Wanderers Squash Club, Johannesburg
Saturday 3rd August 2013
CG unless otherwise denoted.
Men: J Kruger (N) bt N Roma 11-3 11-1 11-4, R Holland bt C Ndebele 11-7 11-7 11-1, R Wallis (E) bt M Ntuli 12-10 11-3 11-4, S Erasmus (SACD) bt D van der Merwe (N) 6-11 11-8 11-3 11-13 11-8, C Fourie (N) bt P Beukes (N) 11-9 11-8 11-1, D Savage (E) bt D Mthobeni 11-7 11-0 9-11 9-11 11-4, M Fourie (N) bt P Mhlanga 11-4 11-2 11-9, J Coel-Niven bt M Cross 11-7 11-6 11-0, C Stephens (N) bt K de Lange 11-2 11-4 11-2, R Buhker bt L Dlamini 11-0 11-2 11-2, J Letlake bt R Middleton 12-10 10-12 7-11 11-9 12-10, P Gresswell bt M Lauterbach (N) 11-1 11-3 11-2, M Gouweloos (Midlands) bt S Ncube 11-5 11-5 11-7, G Viljoen (E) bt H Visser (N) 11-9 11-9 12-10, H Schoeman bt R Simyanda 15-13 11-3 11-3, G Groenewald (E) bt J Banda 11-0 11-1 11-0.
Sheldon Erasmus (SACD) and Jonathan Letlake each survived tough five setters before making their way to the second round of the S A Nationals Qualifying tournament being played at the Wanderers Club, Johannesburg on Saturday.
Erasmus lost the first game 11-6 to Derek van der Merwe of Northerns before winning the second and third games 11-8 11-3 and hold two match points at 10-9 in the fourth game. Van der Merwe fought back to level the points at 10-all eventually taking the game at 13-11. Points seesawed until 8-all in the fifth when Erasmus played the tighter squash to notch the next 3 points and the match at 11-8.
In the longest match of the day between Letlake and Middleton, Letlake won the first game 12-10 only to lose the second by the same margin. Middleton took the third game at 11-7 but determined retrieving by Letlake saw him level the match at 2 games all when he won the fourth 11-9 . Letlake held 2 match points in the decider clinching the match on his third match point at 12-10 .
The second qualifying round starts at the Wanderers Club at 10h00 on Sunday .