LA FITNESS were crowned Division Two champions after a closely fought final match of the Hampshire County Squash League campaign against rivals Wykeham II.
The Winchester side, like the Salisbury club, had already secured promotion.
The match started with the number two strings and for the Salisbury side, England over 50s captain Stuart Hardy gave his team the best possible start as he despatched Nick Wolstenholme in a clinical display of tight attacking squash.
Meanwhile, at number five, team captain Barry Featherstone was having a fierce contest with Ian Berrill.
Featherstone, an England over 60s international, looked to be on top as he recovered from 8-1 down in the third to win.
He reached match point in the fourth game but an error meant his opponent surged through to win the fifth and make it 1-1.At number three was youngster James Ryan, still not 17, and taking on Winchester pro Richard Atkinson.
Ryan played superbly and his good basic game and speed nullified the older man’s clever shots and courtcraft.
The 3-0 scoreline put the visitors 2-1 up on the night.Martin Beaumont, recently returned from injury, was at number four and had a competitive match with Andy Kettlewell.
Beaumont played county squash for Wiltshire at senior, over 35s and over 45s level and his experience told as he took the tie 3-1 and ensured the match and the championship went to LA Fitness.
With the top strings now simply playing for honour, Wiltshire county star Jason Pike, who has had a tremendous season, took on the fit and fast Andrew Whittingham.
Both players hit the ball incredibly hard and the court coverage was incredible.
Pike proved the victor to wrap up a 4-1 scoreline, which will give the LA side plenty of confidence going into their Hampshire Cup Final later this month.