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English Duo Progress Through Stortford Classic Qualifying

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English pair Joe Green and Michael Harris secured their main draw berths in the Flo.Money Stortford Classic, PSA M10 tournament, after achieving hard-fought victories over veteran Ben Ford and Welshman Emyr Evans, respectively.

Green in particular had a tough test against 40-year-old stalwart Ben Ford and fell 2-1 behind to his more experienced opponent, who is 19 years his senior. However, Green dug in and came up with a fine array of winners as he wiped out the deficit to claim an 11-5, 4-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-8 triumph which sees him through to the main draw.

“I’m glad to get through a very tough 5 gamer,” said Lee.

“I always wanted to thank my brother, Laurence Green, for his support.”

A meeting with fellow Englishman Chris Fuller awaits Green in the opening round of the main draw.

Harris, meanwhile, overcame Evans with a 3-1 victory to book his place in the main draw. With the scores poised at one game apiece, Harris, who last week reached the final of the Jersey Squash Classic, pulled away to take the win and set up a first round fixture with another Welshman, Peter Creed, who will look to avenge his compatriot’s defeat.

Elsewhere, top qualifying seed Lewis Walters eased into the main draw after seeing off South Africa’s Tristan Eysele in comfortable fashion, while Portugal’s Rui Soares will join him in the next round courtesy of a 3-1 victory against Ondrej Uherka.

Walters will lock horns with England’s Jaymie Haycocks next, and Soares is set to face Spain’s Carlos Cornes Ribadas for a place in the quarter-final.

Results – Final Qualifying Round: Flo.Money Stortford Classic 2016
[1] Lewis Walters (JAM) bt [6] Tristan Eysele (RSA) 3-0: 11-9, 11-8, 11-4 (35m)
[4] Rui Soares (POR) bt Ondrej Uherka (CZE) 3-1: 11-9, 11-6, 7-11, 11-9 (52m)
[3] Joe Green (ENG) bt [5] Ben Ford (ENG) 3-2: 11-5, 4-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-8 (70m)
Michael Harris (ENG) bt Emyr Evans (WAL) 3-1: 13-11, 8-11, 11-4, 11-5 (54m)

Main Draw – First Round
[1] Ben Coleman (ENG) v Joel Makin (WAL)
[Q] Joe Green (ENG) v [7] Chris Fuller (ENG)
[5] Jaymie Haycocks (ENG) v [Q] Lewis Walters (JAM)
[Q] Michael Harris (ENG) v [4] Peter Creed (WAL)
[3] Richie Fallows (ENG) v [WC] Nick Mulvey (ENG)
Ashley Davies (ENG) v [6] Arthur Gaskin (IRL)
[8] Carlos Cornes Ribadas (ESP) v [Q] Rui Soares (POR)
Matthew Hopkin (AUS) v [2] Charles Sharpes (ENG)

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