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Elliott Morris Devred (right) in action during the second round of the Northern Joe Cup in Manchester

Northern Joe Cup RD2: Seeds Fall On Second Day

The second round of the Northern Joe Cup took place on Saturday across two venues in Manchester, and there were several surprise results, with seeded players being knocked out of the competition in their opening matches.

The biggest shock came in the bottom half of the men’s draw, as Welshman Elliott Morris Devred took out No.2 seed Simon Herbert in straight games. The pair had met twice before on Tour, and had a 1-1 record coming into this contest, but it was the World No.163 that was in complete control throughout, winning in straight game in just over half an hour to book his place in the last eight.

Elsewhere in the men’s draw, it is guaranteed that there will be an unseeded player into the semi-finals, as Finnlay Withington and Vini Rodrigues both took out seeded opponents in the last 16, and will now meet in Sunday’s quarter finals in Manchester.

Brazil’s Rodrigues got the better of Irish No.1 Sean Conroy in straight games to book his place in the last eight, while Withington withheld a mini fight-back from Belgium’s Joeri Hapers, the No.7 seed, to win in four games after losing the third on a tie-break.

There was just a single surprise result in the women’s event on Saturday, with Wales’ Lowri Roberts overcoming England’s No.6 seed Kiera Marshall in five games, despite losing the first 18-16. The Welshwoman also found herself 2-1 down, but fought back to win the last two games of her contest to move through to the last eight, where she will face No.2 seed Alison Thomson in a battle to see who will be the last remaining non-Englishwoman in the draw.

The quarter finals of the Northern Joe Cup will be held on Sunday, July 31, with matches at both Cheetham Hill Sports Club and Fairways Lodge. All the action form the latter will be streamed live and free on the PSA Challenger Tour YouTube channel, and you can keep up to date with live scores from the whole event on the PSA World Tour’s website.

Men’s Second Round Results: Northern Joe Cup
[1] Curtis Malik (ENG) bt Joel Arscott (NZL) 3-0: 11-7, 11-6, 11-9 (42m)
[6] Marek Panacek (CZE) bt [WC] Sam Osborne-Wylde (ENG) 3-0: 11-8, 11-6, 11-7 (43m)
Finnlay Withington (ENG) bt [7] Joeri Hapers (BEL) 3-1: 11-6, 11-5, 11-13, 11-7 (52m)
Vini Rodrigues (BRA) bt [4] Sean Conroy (IRL) 3-0: 11-5, 11-7, 11-5 (32m)
[3] Ben Smith (ENG) bt Perry Malik (ENG) 3-1: 13-11, 10-12, 11-7, 11-8 (44m)
Alasdair Prott (SCO) bt [5] Owain Taylor (WAL) 3-2: 5-11, 8-11, 12-10, 11-1, 11-6 (64m)
[8] Stuart MacGregor (ENG) bt Lewis Doughty (ENG) 3-0: 11-5, 12-10, 11-5 (35m)
Elliott Morris Devred (WAL) bt [2] Simon Herbert (ENG) 3-0: 11-6, 11-5, 11-9 (31m)

Men’s Quarter Final Draw: To Be Played Sunday, July 31
[1] Curtis Malik (ENG) v [6] Marek Panacek (CZE)
Finnlay Withington (ENG) v Vini Rodrigues (BRA)
[3] Ben Smith (ENG) v Alasdair Prott (SCO)
[8] Stuart MacGregor (ENG) v Elliott Morris Devred (WAL)

Women’s Second Round Results: Northern Joe Cup
[1] Millie Tomlinson (ENG) bt Catherine Holland (SCO) 3-0: 11-5, 11-2, 11-2 (14m)
[7] Asia Harris (ENG) bt Phoebe Colman (ENG) 3-0: 11-1, 11-4, 11-6 (19m)
[8] Polly Clark (ENG) bt Maisara Azlan (MAS) 3-0: 11-8, 11-7, 13-11 (29m)
[3] Torrie Malik (ENG) bt Juliette Permentier (NED) 3-1: 11-3, 11-1, 12-14, 11-3 (24m)
[4] Saran Nghiem (ENG) bt Amy Royle (ENG) 3-0: 11-5, 11-3, 11-4 (17m)
[5] Katie Wells (ENG) bt Jasmin Kalar (ENG) 3-0: 11-2, 11-9, 11-5 (18m)
Lowri Roberts (WAL) bt [6] Kiera Marshall (ENG) 3-2: 16-18, 11-5, 7-11, 11-7, 11-8 (54m)
[2] Alison Thomson (SCO) bt Grace Clark (ENG) 3-1: 11-7, 10-12, 11-2, 11-3 (36m)

Women’s Quarter Final Draw: To Be Played Sunday, July 31
[1] Millie Tomlinson (ENG) v [7] Asia Harris (ENG)
[8] Polly Clark (ENG) v [3] Torrie Malik (ENG)
[4] Saran Nghiem (ENG) v [5] Katie Wells (ENG)
Lowri Roberts (WAL) v [2] Alison Thomson (SCO)

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