Aylesbury youngsters finish third at National Finals

Aylesbury Grammar School's U15 squash team of Marcus Connor, Danial Choudhury, Usman Ali, Harry Hewitt at the national finals in Manchester
Aylesbury Grammar School's U15 squash team of Marcus Connor, Danial Choudhury, Usman Ali, Harry Hewitt at the national finals in Manchester

Aylesbury Grammar School’s U15s squash team travelled up to Manchester last weekend to compete in the National Finals.

The team, made up of Marcus Connor, Danial Choudhury, Usman Ali, Harry Hewitt and Josh Mayhead, began their route to the finals by winning the group stages of the National Schools Squash Championship in December, beating Beaconsfield School and John Hampden 5-0 and 4-1 respectively.

Those wins took Aylesbury through to the knock-out stage, where Alex Rice stepped in after one player dropped out ill, but it made little difference as Alex played his part in a 4-1 victory over Comberton School.

They then came up against a Eton in the final knock-out round, and individual wins for Josh, Usman, Harry and Marcus took them to the national finals.

Having made the three-hour trip up north, Aylesbury continued their winning run when Josh, Usman and Harry all won their matches to defeat Harrow and set up a semi-final clash.

Sadly, the local youngsters were edged out in a tight semi-final, which left them to focus on the third place play-off against Lancing College.

Harry and Josh once again put in excellent performances, both winning 2-0, before Usman and Marcus also won to ensure AGS were crowned the third best team in England.