Top seed crashes out of Junior Masters

It was a night of shocks at the 19th Halifax Junior Masters event.

The biggest was the quarter-final exit of three times Masters winner and British Cadet No. 1, Amir Hussain, to an inspired Lewis Palmer. Amir relied on Lewis breaking down, but the strong topspin loops and drives on both wings from Lewis were relentless, and he emerged a 3–0 winner with power and consistency throughout the contest.

The earlier group stages were also eventful. Group 1 saw the elimination of current Masters Champion Jonny Heslop, who lost to team-mate Cameron Sandhu in five games. Jonny had to beat Amir to stand a chance of going through on countback, but again lost in five.

Group 2 was as expected, with Fraser Riley and Zak Cantor going through to the quarter-finals, as Fraser beat Zak 12–10 in the fifth of an entertaining contest.

Group 3 was also more straightforward, with Danny Olsberg as winner and Lewis Palmer runner-up going through. Spencer Hurd from Haworth Hawks had a good five-game win over Nicholas Miller in this group.

Group 4 was routine for winner Ben Fillingham, but the forfeit of Jake Clarke due to injury halfway through the group contest left the opportunity for Rayhan Khan and Haworth Hawks’ Ben Farrar, with Rayhan emerging a 3-1 winner.

Group 1

Amir Hussain, Jonny Heslop, Cameron Sandhu, Jake Challenger

Qualified: Winner - Amir Hussain; Runner Up - Cameron Sandhu

Group 2

Zak Cantor, Fraser Riley, Aman Khan, Oliver Bryant

Qualified: Winner - Fraser Riley; Runner Up – Zak Cantor

Group 3

Lewis Palmer, Daniel Olsberg, Nicholas Miller, Spencer Hurd

Qualifed: Winner – Danny Olsberg; Runner Up – Lewis Palmer

Group 4

Ben Fillingham, Jake Clarke, Rayhan Khan, Ben Farrar

Qualified: Winner – Ben Fillingham; Runner Up – Rayhan Khan


The only tight contest here saw Cameron continue his good night following his win over Jonny in the group stage, with a narrow 11–9 deciding game win over Danny who struggled to return Cameron’s serves.

Lewis Palmer (3) 3 – 0 Amir Hussain (1)

Fraser Riley (6) 3 – 0 Rayhan Khan (12)

Zak Cantor (2) 3 – 0 Ben Fillingham (4)

Cameron Sandhu (9) 3 – 2 Danny Olsberg (7)

Semi –final line up this Friday 7pm, seeded position in brackets:

Lewis Palmer (3) v Zak Cantor (2)

Fraser Riley (6) v Cameron Sandhu (9)

Plate Event

Group 1

Matthew Broadbent, Oliver Essex, Innes McFadzean, Elliot Whitworth

Qualifed: Winner – Matthew Broadbent; Runner Up – Innes McFadzean

Group 2

Alex Ackroyd, Toby Laurie, Joel Carroll, Finn Potts

Qualified: Winner – Alex Ackroyd; Runner Up – Joel Carroll

Group 3

Ethan Brown, Ben Fell, Ahmed Chaudhry, Hallie Fitton

Qualified: Winner – Ethan Brown; Runner Up – Hallie Fitton

Group 4

Molly Rhodes, Emily Mellor, Abraham Sellado, Ethan Pettit

Qualified: Winner – Emily Mellor; Runner Up – Molly Rhodes


Molly Rhodes 3 – 0 Alex Ackroyd

Matthew Broadbent 3 – 0 Hallie Fitton

Emily Mellor 3 – 0 Joel Carroll

Ethan Brown 3 – 0 Innes McFadzean

Semi-final line up for this Friday at 7pm, seeded position in brackets:

Matthew Broadbent (1) v Emily Mellor (8)

Ethan Brown (3) v Molly Rhodes (4)

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