LA Fitness Salisbury accomplished an unprecedented double when they added the Hampshire County Cup to their League Championship Division Two title.
Playing against Portsmouth Squash in the final for Division Two and Three teams in Winchester, the Salisbury side won by four ties to one despite giving their opponents a three-point start each game.
In what proved a fiercely partisan match, played in front of an unusually hostile crowd, LA Fitness prevailed although things did not begin well for them when Will Smith slipped to a straight games defeat by a lively Mike Burn at number five string.
However, at number four, former county star Martin Beaumont now back from injury, carved out a five-game win.
He saved two match points in the final game to win 10-9 in the fifth having been 2-0 up against an aggressive Dave Harriott.
At number three, top Wiltshire junior James Ryan produced another accomplished performance and beat Portsmouth captain Mark Millard 3-1, proving too steady and mobile for his opponent’s flashes of brilliance.
England over 50s captain Stuart Hardy, at number two, was having problems with Alan Martin’s unorthodox shot-making.
He had to call on all his experience to save five match points in the fourth game before finding his form and crushing his opponent in the fifth to take the match and help land the cup.
Meanwhile, at top string, Jason Pike a Wiltshire county player, had his hands full against an overly aggressive Rob Chivereton.
Pike remained focussed and ran out a worthy winner in four games to cement a 4 -1 victory for the Salisbury team, who, having secured back-to-back promotions, will kick off next season in Division One.