Farag takes squash to another level
Local girl Lucy Green (17 years young) competed well and almost took the first game against Finnish International Emelia Korhornen. Birmingham’s Jaymie Haycocks upset the rankings knocking over Nafiizwan Adnan 11-9 in the fifth set, adding a second rubber to the Lions’ tally. Meanwhile England Junior International Nick Wall saw off his Welsh International counterpart 3-0, and Mahesh Mangaonkar outpaced dangerous Chris Ryder to set up a grandstand finale to decide the match, between Ali Farag, and Jan Van Den Herrewegen, Birmingham’s Belgian no. 1. Farag seemingly defied all logic and the laws of physics, being in two places at once, such was his speed around the court. His ability to react on the volley is unequalled in the game, perhaps in its history. To witness it was simply jaw dropping. In his post-match interview Farag was asked “Are you actually human?” This seemed a perfectly legitimate question after watching the match. Going through the gears he hit full throttle in the 2nd game, at times seemingly hitting the ball just as soon as it came back from the front wall. Audible gasps swept through the crowd sometimes multiple times per rally. Farag wrapped it up in 3. “Wow. Just WOW! Of course I wanted the win, but I also just wanted that match to continue. Ali can do things I’ve never seen anyone do, and it’s a pleasure to see it so close up. The crowd have absolutely lapped it up, and it’s put us in pole position for the end of season play-offs” team manager Townsend eulogised. The "WarKens" go to unbeaten division leaders Nottingham next before hosting Pontefract on the 13th March, in what could be a decisive match for the play-off positions.