Kettle’s too hot to handle at Peterborough Open

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James Kettle continued his rich vein of form by lifting the Peterborough Junior Open.

The 10-year-old has reached five finals in his last 11 events, a run of form which has seen him storm up the national rankings.

After a bye in the first round, James took on Oliver Ford, ranked 99 in the country, in the quarter final.

Despite some big hitting from his opponent, James came out of the blocks fast, taking the first game 11-7 before Oliver pegged him back in the second game 9-11. As a best of three event, James regrouped, playing some gritty squash, to win the third game 11-6 to take the win 2-1.

The semi-final saw James take on young Louie Truman who is nationally ranked at 32. James was far too strong for Louie though as he came out a 2-0 winner, 11-0, 11-5.

The final threw a bit a curveball at James as the number 2 seed had been knocked out by the number 4 seed, Mumin Bilen.

Mumin is nationally ranked at 38 and the match itself saw some cracking rallies but the power and experience of James meant that the outcome was in little doubt with a 2-0 win, 11-3, 11-7.

James has now reached the final of the last 5 under 11 events he has entered, winning three of them and is now ranked 12 in the country.