Joey Barrington Follows Famous Fathers Footsteps
The first three Allam British Open pre-qualifying events took place on the 20/21 April, with Joey Barrington, Richie Fallows and Harriet Ingham claiming their places in the qualifying draws.
Barrington, the 32-year-old son of six-time champion Jonah, is currently ranked at #164 in the world after concentrating on his commentating role with SquashTV, but as a former world #24 is still a force to be reckoned with. The 32-year-old weathered the storm to complete a straight-games victory against Ben Ford in the final. Barrington finally completed a 16-14, 11-7, 11-6 victory in 50 minutes as he won the event at the Parklangley.
Richie Fallows also progressed to The Allam British Open Main Qualification draw. Fallows, is England’s leading under 17 player and a great prospect for the future. He competed in the event held at the Connaught Club, and endured a fierce onslaught from fellow England junior Nick Mulvey in his semi-final winning 8/11, 11/3, 12/10, 7/11, 11/8 before facing world deaf champion Jamie Mathews in the final. The final was another epic five game match with Fallow’s coming out on top again 11/6, 7/11, 11/4, 11/13, 11/9, forcing his way through to the Allam British Open Qualification draw which takes place at St Georges Hill Squash Club on 12-13 May.
Harriet Ingham won the ladies event that ran alongside the men’s at the Connaught Club, beating Selina Sinclair 11/4, 13/11, 8/11, 11/5 in the final in another tightly contested affair to claim her place in the qualifying draw where she’ll play at her home club, St George’s Hill.
These events provide an opportunity for all the players involved to become a part of the Allam British Open, the winner of each event will progress into the main event qualification draw alongside world ranked players from the PSA and WSA world tours, from which the top eight players will join the world’s leading players in the Allam British Open Championships at the O2 Piazza.
Joey Barrington bt Ben Ford 16/14, 11/7, 11/6 (50m)
Richie Fallows bt Jamie Mathews 11/6, 7/11, 11/4, 11/13, 11/9 (55m)
Harriet Ingham bt Selina Sinclair 11/4, 13/11, 8/11, 11/5
The Kent event featured several young county players. James Evans and Bradley Masters both met the experienced Joey Barrington before he overcame Bexley coach ben Ford in the final.
Semi-finals: Joey Barrington beat Bradley Masters 11-8, 11-4, 11-7
Ben Ford beat Chris Tasker-Grindley 9-11, 11-7, 6-11, 11-5, 11-7.
Quarter-finals; barrington beat James Evans 11-2, 11-6, 11-7
Bradley Masters beat Matthew Broadberry 11-5, 11-4, 11-9
Tasker-Grindley beat Steve London 11-9, 11-5, 11-9
Ben Ford beat Josh Masters 11-9, 11-9, 11-9
First round: Barrington beat Neal Brooker 11-2, 11-3, 11-5
Evans beat Ben Coates 12-10, 15-13, 12-10
B. Masters w/o
Steve London beat Seigo Masuda 11-5, 11-6, 11-5
Tasker-Grindley beat Robin Broadberry 11-5, 11-3, 11-3
Josh Masters w/o
Ford beat Matthew Davis 11-5, 11-7, 11-8