Lewis Walters bt Dave Wardle 11/8, 7/11, 11/8, 11/7 - 53 min


It was a close encounter between the two Nottingham boys. Walters was the favourite more experienced and ranked far higher. Wardle started well however and the first game was nip and tuck all the way to 8 all before Walters hit a couple of great counter drops to close it out and take the lead.


The second game was very similar to the first one with the game being contested point for point until 7-7. Unlike in the 1st however it was Wardle who pulled away with some great use of angles and attacking play to level the match at 1-1.


It was a tense atmosphere on the Nottingham show court, with a subdued crowd looking unsure who to support. Both the last two games were close but Walters always had the edge, closing them out 11/8, 11/7 to claim a place in the main draw.

Declan James bt Josh Taylor 11/6, 10/12, 11/4, 11/2 - 48 min


It's been a great run by Josh Taylor defeating both Nick Mulvey and Courtney West on route to the first round but it was always going to be a tough match against Declan James WR 78. 
James dominated most of the first game hitting hard lengths and relying on his wingspan to intercept balls on the volley putting a great deal of work into Taylors legs. 
In the second Taylor made a great start racing to a 6-1 lead before James began to claw back. It was tight finish, point for point before Taylor finally capitalised on his 3rd game ball to level the match. 
James came out firing at the start of the 3rd and 4th hitting harder and taking the ball in well with kills and flicks. Taylor looked to be tired from his earlier exploits in the event and struggled to match the increased pace. Through to the quarter finals for the 4th year in a row, James will once again have his eyes on a title in Nottingham!

 

 Mark Fuller bt Ashley Davies 11/6, 11/2, 11/5 - 36 min

"I felt I played well today. I didn’t really do anything spectacular but stuck in all the rallies kept it deep and that was enough. It was a relief to make it through the first round, this is the 4th year that I have run this event and I always crash out early!”Mark Fuller


Oliver Pett bt Chris Fuller 11/8, 11/3 retired injured 24 min


The first game was close but it was obvious that Fuller was not right from the start and relied on firing balls in from all areas to take points off Pett. In the second Fuller’s movement was even more impeded and after an injury break at 7-3 he didn’t get another point. Pett looked controlled throughout, very few mistakes and putting the balls into just the right areas to hurt Fuller. Pett is unseaded for this event but is probably the man to beat. Tomorrow is set to be a great match when he faces last year’s winner Declan James tomorrow night! 

 

Charles Sharpes bt Joe Green 11/4, 11/8 11,6 – 35 min


“Happy to get it off in three today. You never know how you’re actually playing after summer training but I felt sharp on there. Feels good to be back playing a tournament” – Charles Sharpes

“Charles was amazing today and looked pretty on court” – Joe Green

 

James Earles bt Phil Nightingale 8/11 11/5 11/5 11/7 - 41 min


“Slow start to the match going short and not finding my length. At the start of the second I found my length to force an opening into the front of the court. From that point on I felt comfortable except for a concentration lapse after getting to 7-0 in the 4th which let Phil back in. I managed to refocus to take the game and the match” - James Earles

 

“Difficult opponent for my game style. He can hit outright winners but conversely long rallies end in tin. Not my best squash overall but things are progressing on the whole.” – Phil Nightingale

Joshua Masters bt Steven London 11/7 12/10 7/11 5/11 11/9 - 74 min


“Started off well I the first and the second but made some cheap errors in the next two. He also played a fighter game, but I manage to refocus in the fifth which gave me a good lead to close the match out. Very pleased to get through to the quarters and am looking forward to tomorrow.” – Josh Masters

 

Douglas Kempsell bt Joel Makin 11/8 4/11 9/11 11/6 11/6 – 87min


This match was a true test of patience and fitness. Most rallies lasting over 50 shots! A true speciticle to the Leicester crowd.

Kempsell started well clinching the first but quickly slipped behind after the 3rd. Kempsell refocused and managed to shake off Makin.