RACKETBALL: Spalding club members in Nottingham final

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Spalding Squash and Racketball Club members had a mixed day at the latest national satellite tournament held at Nottingham.

Pride of place went to Paul Devey who won all his matches in the round robin stage and then defeated fellow Spalding player Jason Rooke in the C grade event final.

Derek Finch also played in the C event but playing competitors more than half his age proved too much and he just failed to make it into the knock out stages.

Club champion Clyde Finch was unlucky to draw the number one seed in the Over 40s and he narrowly lost a terrific match before winning his next two games.Unfortunately only the group winners went through so it was all in vain.

Gary Slater and Simon Faulkner both found the standard too good in the B grade, and failed to advance as did Greg Marsters in the Over 50s.

The fact that Spalding had seven participants reflects the growing popularity of racketball at the club.

Internal leagues and knockout competitions now run alongside squash with many players having a go at both.

Next up are the inaugural county championships to be held at Boston on Sunday.Finch and Slater will both be hopeful of a good run.

l For anyone interested in trying out racketball, the club is open weeknights from 7pm.