Colin Payne Kent Open 2023 Sponsored by 501 Fun

Owain Taylor and Torrie Malik take Kent Open titles



Owain Taylor and Torrie Malik are the 501 Fun Kent Open champions after two high quality finals.

After a week of superb squash featuring players from 16 nations we ended up with two all-British finals in front of a packed gallery at Tunbridge Wells Squash Club.

Home hero Noah Meredith played superbly but was unable to deliver another giant-killing act as Welsh international Taylor controlled the fifth game of a pulsating battle to clinch victory with a scoreline of 10-12, 11-6, 11-8, 10-12, 11-5.

In a tournament sponsored by Meredith’s Tunbridge Wells team-mate Jonny Powell, owner of 501 Fun, and dedicated to former Kent and England player Colin Payne, Meredith had taken out top seed Valentin Rapp (Germany) and No.3 seed Temwa Chileshe (New Zealand).

But despite Meredith showing plenty of the attacking skills that earned him two enormous victories, Taylor’s solid control gradually wore down his opponent’s resistance.

The two players are separated by more than 100 places in the world rankings, with Taylor at 112 and Meredith 215, but the 21-year-old from Brighton threatened another shock result as he hit back from 10-7 down to win the opening game on a tiebreak.

Taylor dominated the second and won the crucial third game after being 6-4 down.

Meredith started the fourth game in positive fashion to lead 4-1 and after a titanic tussle he won another tiebreak to take the match into a fifth game.

This time there was to be no fairytale finale as Taylor controlled proceedings with some precision squash to win it 11-5.

Afterwards, Taylor said: “Noah showed all week what a threat he can be, but I am very pleased to win the tournament.

“It was a great match and it’s always good to play in a club which has been full of fans every day.”

The women’s final was a triumph for top seed Torrie Malik’s hard-hitting style against Scotland’s Alison Thomson.

Malik powered through the first two games but Thomson hit back in the third with some intelligently structured rallies that moved her opponent around the court.

Thomson threatened to take the match to a fifth game as she held game ball at 10-9 but Malik finished strongly to win it 12-10 to take the title.

Thomson said: “I was very pleased to reach my first PSA final after coming back from injury but Torrie played very well.”

Malik added: “It’s lovely to win in a club that feels like home. It’s not far from where we live and I want to thank the crowd for supporting me all week.”


Colin Payne Kent Open sponsored by 501 Fun, Tunbridge Wells Squash Club, Kent, England.


Men’s Final:

(2) Owain Taylor (WAL) bt (8) Noah Meredith (ENG) 10-12, 11-6, 11-8, 10-12, 11-5 (67m)


Women’s Final:

(1) Torrie Malik (ENG) bt (5) Alison Thomson (SCO) 11-3, 11-4, 7-11, 12-10 (35m)

Pictures by Artyom Liss









E-mail me when people leave their comments –

You need to be a member of Kent Squash & Racketball to add comments!

Join Kent Squash & Racketball

Latest Activity

Joe Magor published an article
Kent Squash AGM 2024
Monday July 15th at 7.30pm
The committee invite all Clubs to attend a zoom AGM on Monday July 15th, at 7.30pm. The agenda for the evening is as follows:

AGM minutes 2023 - any noted amends and approval
Chairman Report…
Jun 25
Steve is now a member of Kent Squash & Racketball
Jun 16
Tristan Blackwell, Robert and Anna Foulkes joined Kent Squash & Racketball
Jun 6
Rob Benyon is now a member of Kent Squash & Racketball
Apr 23
RICHARD MORRIS and Gisela Slowinski joined Kent Squash & Racketball
Apr 18
Matt Ray, Sue Watkins and Stella Pople joined Kent Squash & Racketball
Apr 3
Joanna Low, Hugo Read and Damien Herregods joined Kent Squash & Racketball
Jan 22
Hannah Smye is now a member of Kent Squash & Racketball
Dec 12, 2023
Jodie A (for Theo) is now a member of Kent Squash & Racketball
Dec 1, 2023
Joe Magor published an article
Kent Junior Closed 2023
57 players competed across the two days over the 8 categories.Congratulations to all the winners and finalists of each category!
Thank you to Mote Squash Club for hosting the event and to Kent Coaches, Tom May and Alisdair…
Oct 11, 2023
Faisal Sarwar, Gloria Riley and Rebecca Bradshaw joined Kent Squash & Racketball
Oct 9, 2023
Joe Magor posted a status
A Kent-branded scoring sheet in PDF format is now available to download for use in team matches, tournaments, and junior box leagues.

The score sheet can be found on the Leagues page.
Oct 6, 2023
Joe Magor published an article
by Alan Thatcher

Kent Squash has lost one of its most loyal and distinguished servants following the sad passing of Mary Scott-Miller.
Mary served the Kent SRA as county development officer and junior girls’ organiser and was also renowned as an…
Sep 30, 2023
Rawan Mobarak is now a member of Kent Squash & Racketball
Sep 30, 2023
Carlota Hermer and Katrina Hudson joined Kent Squash & Racketball
Sep 25, 2023
Joe Magor and Scott Finnan are now friends
Sep 22, 2023