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Heywood topple reigning champions to clinch title

The Diss and Heywood Sports and Leisure Club squash team clinched their first Norfolk Squash title after toppling reigning champions East Anglian Club.

The match got under way with the number twos; Diss’ Steve Maitland against Ashley Briggs.

In a tight, physical match both players covered all of the court with Maitland winning the first and Briggs the second. The crucial moment came as the Diss man won a very close third 15-13, before taking the first match.

Next on were the number fives, with club owner Tom Bobbins playing James Cultien. This was a quicker affair with Bobbins proving too quick for his younger opponent to put his side 2-0 up overall.

Experienced coach Martin Levens managed to seal the title for Diss against Andy Trim.

After a slow start Levens’ sublime racket skills came in to play and he went 1-0 up before Trim rallied back to level the scores.

However, after a combination of errors from Trim and decisive shots from Levens, the match was decided in Diss’ favour.

Elsewhere, the number threes had a monumental battle with Rhys Taylor taking on Alex Williams.

In a tight affair that was temporarily stopped for a blood injury, Taylor eventually prevailed to claim a 3-1 victory.

With the match score at 4-0 the last involving Diss number one Owain Taylor was a dead rubber but it still proved a fantastic spectacle.

Taylor proved his pedigree, with the 18-year-old sealing a comfortable straight sets victory over Norfolk County player Dave Gouldby to end a memorable night for Diss.

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