After two days of qualifying the Men’s and Women’s Main Draws got underway on the two glass courts in Manchester, while the Masters events got into full swing.
The Men’s first round offered up a pair of shocks as two qualifiers progressed through to the quarter finals.
Joel Makin, making his first appearance in the main draw, and U21 finalist George Parker beat Declan James and Joe Lee respectively to progress through to the quarter finals. The remainder of the draw went to seedings to set up a number of interesting ties on Friday.
In the Women’s draw, Fiona Moverley produced the only upset of the round, shocking the defending champion, Sarah-Jane Perry in four games to progress through to the quarter finals.
The Men’s Masters events were in full flow on Day 3 of the British National Championships.
Yorkshire’s Lee Scott pulled off the Masters shock of the day in the Men’s O45s, downing hot favourite and former champion Yawar Abbas (Durham & Cleveland).
Elsewhere there were minor upsets throughout the rest of the categories. The most notable being Peter Knowles (Warks) and Nick Hargreaves (Notts) besting 5/8 seeds Tim Burrell (Berks) and Tom May (Kent) respectively. Nottinghamshire’s 5/8 Dave Hardern was the one casualty in the Men’s Over 70’s as he lost out to the unseeded Welshman Geoffrey Trenchard.
There were a couple of Women’s matches as their championships kicked off.
In the Over 40’s Kirsty Burkin of Durham & Cleveland dispatched Rhian Penikett of Wales to earn a quarter final spot against 3/4 seed and reigning champion Shayne Baillie of Surrey. In the Over 45’s Nicki Fowler (Northants) defeated Helen Barnard (Wales) and in the Over 50 category there were victories for seeded players Isobel Smith and Sheila Blake from Hertfordshire and Shelly Walsh (Lancashire).
For the full results from day two, please visit the official National Squash Championships website .