Squash: Nicky Horn edged out in county final

York Press: Yorkshire  winner Adam Taylor, left, receives the trophy from Robert Field, of sponsors Italik Yorkshire winner Adam Taylor, left, receives the trophy from Robert Field, of sponsors Italik

YORK’S Nicky Horn was beaten in the final of the Italik Yorkshire Closed Squash Championships at York Squash Club.

British over-45 champion Horn went down 3-0 (9-2, 9-5, 9-6) in 27 minutes to England junior Katie Smith at Clifton Park.

Pontefract’s Adam Taylor won the men’s tournament, beating Chapel Allerton’s Niall McKinnon 3-0 in the final in 29 minutes.

After comfortable victories over Sam Mawson, of York St John University, and Ross Williamson in the early rounds, Taylor beat Chapel Allerton’s Dominic Hamilton 3-1 in the semi-finals.

The other semi-final was also Pontefract versus Chapel Allerton but this time the Leeds club prevailed with McKinnon beating number one seed Sam Wileman 3-1.

The men’s plate was won by Dave Allen, who beat Brad Gallivan 3-2 (11-5, 5-11, 5-11, 11-4, 11-3).

The ‘B’ competition was won by York’s Marc Thomas, who ousted local rival Rod Erridge 3-2 (4-9, 3-9, 9-5, 9-2, 10-8).

The ‘B’ plate went to Nick Bond, who edged past Luis North 3-2 (9-4, 5-9, 9-4, 7-9, 5-9).

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