England call-up for promising Bartley

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Moreton Hall junior squash player Emma Bartley has qualified for the England Development Under-13 squad, to follow in the footsteps of fellow club starlet Billy Beecroft (under-15s).

Along with Beecroft, 10-year-old Bartley has also achieved the honour of being English number one in the under-11s.

In the recent British Closed Championship Owain Taylor, a new addition to the Suffolk League first team, made the semi-final.

Alongside Beecroft, Bartley and Taylor, there were several other Moreton Hall players who made the main draw.

Beecroft’s brother Gus made the under-17 main draw, Hugo Andersson made the main draw for the under-13s and his brother Isac made the under-15s draw.

The club continues to develop, although the second team, which is developing the talents of the younger players, are struggling to produce a couple of decent wins to take them onwards and upwards in the Suffolk League.

Last Thursday they took on Lexden seconds, and while a win could have been hoped for, several of the matches went against them.

Chris Lockwood got the team off to a winning start with a 3-0 victory over Tom Hadden, but while this was going on Billy Beecroft was losing out to Aaron Alpress 3-1.

His brother Gus was hoping for a result against Rhys Taylor but could not quite get a game and lost out 3-0, albeit in three tight sets.

James Bird won the first set comfortably but could not hold out and finally lost out 3-1, to complete a miserable evening for the team.

A tired Taylor then lost out to Steve Snelling to see the team lose out 4-1.