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Patrick Rooney (right) takes on three-time World Champion Nick Matthew (left) during the 2015 British Nationals

Rooney and Finch Axe Fuller Brothers in Charing Cross Classic


Teenage duo Patrick Rooney and Kyle Finch moved through to the quarter-final stage of the 2016 LOC Charing Cross Classic after overcoming the Fuller brothers, Chris and Mark, respectively, in their first round fixtures at the Charing Cross Sports Club in London.

Rooney, the reigning European Junior Champion, is appearing at his first PSA World Tour tournament in two months and enjoyed a strong summer after capturing his first Tour crown at the Madeira International back in June.

The 19-year-old wasted no time in establishing himself on his fixture against Chris and surged to an 11-8, 11-6, 11-4 victory to set up a last eight meeting with fellow Englishman Robert Downer, who defeated Michael Harris in straight games.

Elsewhere, Finch, a 17-year-old qualifier, will aim to reach the semi-finals of a PSA World Tour event for the first time since his maiden tournament back in August of last year after a comfortable 3-0 win over Mark earned him a place in the next round, where he will take on top seed Nathan Lake in what looks set to be a fascinating battle between the two Englishmen.

Number two seed Peter Creed is the only non-Englishman to secure a place in the quarter-finals after the Welsh No.2 dispatched Portugal’s Claudio Pinto to set up a next round fixture with Lyell Fuller.

Meanwhile, tournament wildcard James Peach caused the day’s biggest upset after bridging a 146-place World Rankings gap to shock New Zealand’s Lance Beddoes and his reward is a meeting with fifth seed Joe Green for a place in the semi-finals of the PSA M5 tournament.

Result – First Round: LOC Charing Cross Classic 2016
[1] Nathan Lake (ENG) bt [Q] Tristan Eysele (RSA) 3-1: 11-7, 11-2, 9-11, 11-6
[Q] Kyle Finch (ENG) bt [6] Mark Fuller (ENG) 3-0: 11-6, 11-2, 11-6
[8] Robert Downer (ENG) bt [Q] Michael Harris (ENG) 3-0: 11-6, 11-8, 11-5
Patrick Rooney (ENG) bt [3] Chris Fuller (ENG) 3-0: 11-8, 11-6, 11-4
[WC] James Peach (ENG) bt [4] Lance Beddoes (NZL) 3-0: 11-5, 12-10, 11-6
[5] Joe Green (ENG) bt Brian Byrne (IRL) 3-1: 11-6, 13-11, 5-11, 11-4
[7] Lyell Fuller (ENG) bt Sean Conroy (IRL) 3-1: 11-8, 3-11, 11-6, 11-7
[2] Peter Creed (WAL) bt [Q] Claudio Pinto (POR) 3-0: 12-10, 11-4, 11-9

Draw – Quarter-Final
[1] Nathan Lake (ENG) v [Q] Kyle Finch (ENG)
[8] Robert Downer (ENG) v Patrick Rooney (ENG)
[WC] James Peach (ENG) v [5] Joe Green (ENG)
[7] Lyell Fuller (ENG) v [2] Peter Creed (WAL)

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