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Tue 05 April 2011 - Semi-Finals
St Georges 3-2 Chapel
Daryl Selby 3-0 Aaron Frankcomb
11-8, 11-7, 11-9
Nicolas Mueller 2-3 Chris Simpson
4-11, 11-5, 8-11, 11-8, 4-11 (66m)
Mark Krajcsak 3-2 Laurence Delasaux
10-12, 11-3, 5-11, 11-8, 11-4 (60m)
Stephen Meads 0-3 Adam Murrills
8-11, 10-12, 7-11
Dominique Lloyd-Walter 3-0 Carrie Ramsey
11-5, 11-7, 11-2
Duffield 2-3 Surrey H&R
Arthur Curran reports
3-0 Peter Barker
11-7, 11-4, 11-4
Joel Hinds 1-3 Adrian Grant
7-11, 11-6, 1-11, 7-11
Andy Whipp 0-3 Alan Clyne
10-12, 11-13, 8-11
Matthew Karwalski 0-3 Adrian Waller
5-11, 3-11, 8-11
Laura Hill 3-2 Victoria Lust
8-11, 14-12, 6-11, 11-8, 11-8
CB goes to the beach happy to get both results correct, even if
they were more nailbiting than expected .... bring on the final
Dramatic PSL Semis Lead To
Howard Harding reports
Defending champions Surrey Health & Racquets and TWP
St George's Hill will meet in an all-Surrey Premier Squash
League (PSL) final after both teams survived nail-biting
semi-finals of the world's most prestigious squash league which
went to the wire.
Recently-crowned British National champion Daryl Selby led St
George's Hill into the final for the first time in their fifth
PSL season after beating Australian Aaron Frankcomb in the
decider against 2009 champions LEBC Group Chapel Allerton.
Firm favourites St George's, playing on their home courts in
Weybridge, twice led in the tie – but on both occasions the
Leeds visitors rallied back to draw level. Guildford-based
Dominique Lloyd-Walter put the hosts ahead with an 11-5, 11-7,
11-2 win over Yorkshire's Carrie Ramsey – but Chapel Allerton
bounded back when 21-year-old Adam Murrills, making only his
third appearance this season for the visitors, despatched
experienced veteran Stephen Meads, a 40-year-old former world
No11, in straight games.
In one of the standout matches of the night, the home side's
Hungarian number one Mark Krajcsak battled for 60 minutes to
overcome Yorkshireman Laurence Delasaux 10-12, 11-3, 5-11, 11-8,
11-4 to claim his 16th successive PSL win for St George's Hill!
But Channel Islander Chris Simpson patiently fought for six
minutes longer to see off the hosts' higher-ranked Swiss number
one Nicolas Mueller in five games to set up the top string
And whilst Selby had the advantage of 29 world ranking places
above Frankcomb, the world No12 from Essex has struggled to live
up to his national and international reputation in his PSL
performances this season.
But the 28-year-old England international was determined not to
let his team-mates, and the packed St George's crowd, down - and
crafted out an 11-8, 11-7, 11-9 victory to take his club into
their maiden final.
"That was fantastic – I haven't won many for St George's this
season and a few of my mates have been giving me a bit of stick
over it," said a jubilant Selby afterwards. "But I said I'd try
and pull it off when it really matters, and tonight was the
"Unbelievably, it's 11 years since I was last in the PSL final –
for Connaught at Lambs, and we lost. So I'm looking forward to
my first win. In fact it's one title I've never won – and my
sister (Lauren) was in a winning team last year and keeps
ribbing me about it, so hopefully I'll be able put that right."
Selby is likely to find himself facing close friend and England
team-mate Peter Barker in the top string clash. "We haven't
played for a while actually, so it will be good. But tonight's
match was tough – Aaron is getting better all the time and never
gave up. I was lucky to get through," added the St George's
St George's Hill team manager Danny Lee was delighted with his
team's success: "It was a fantastic night. We've got a really
good squad – and having the depth means a lot. Everyone really
works well as a team – they all put in so much effort.
"It's difficult to highlight a 'man-of-the-match': it was Daryl
that finally delivered the goods, but Mark Krajcsak made a vital
contribution and played really well to win his match," concluded
Title-holders Surrey Health & Racquets, who finished as
runners-up to St George's Hill in Group B, had the disadvantage
of an away tie – at three-time champions Benz-Bavarian Duffield.
Buoyed by a packed partisan crowd at their Derbyshire club,
Duffield took a 2/1 lead after a dramatic five-game win by local
heroine Laura Hill over higher-ranked Victoria Lust, and a
straight games victory by world number one Nick Matthew over
England team-mate Peter Barker.
But a courageous performance from the visitors' Adrian Waller
saw the former British junior champion beat Duffield's
Australian Matthew Karwalski 3/0 to leave the tie in the hands
of the teams' second strings Adrian Grant and Joel Hinds.
World No18 Grant, winner of a Commonwealth Games Doubles gold
medal with the opposing team's Nick Matthew, took the opening
game against the lower-ranked Hinds – but the Duffield hero
defied the rankings by fighting back to level the match.
Grant's greater experience shone through, however, and the
London-born left-hander took control of the match to win 11-7,
6-11, 11-1, 11-7 to take Surrey Health into their third final in
"I'm very proud of the team – it was a brilliant effort," said
Surrey Health's team manager Pete Smith. "Adrian was brilliant –
and brought us through despite a very hostile (in the nicest
sense of the word) crowd.
"But Adrian Waller was perhaps our star of the night – when he
went on we were 2/1 down and things were looking bleak. It's
excellent that it's an all-Surrey final – and we look forward to
meeting our local rivals for the third time this season,"
Benz Bavarian Duffield 3-2
Surrey Health and Racquets
Arthur Curran reports from Duffield
Andy Whipp (Duffield) v Alan Clyne (Surrey)
match up on the glass back court was the third string players,
two players who run and run forever and retrieve from anywhere.
Very close game all the way through, no more than two points
difference up to 10/10 tie break, but then Alan took two points
and the game 12/10. In the second Alan took a huge 8/2 lead, but
Andy fought back to 8/8, then 9/9, and got the first game ball
at 10/9. Alan took the next point to level, Andy had another
game ball at 11/10, but then Alan served out to take the game
In the third Andy came out very strong to take a 5/l lead, then
7/3, but then ran out of steam and took only on e more point
whilst Alan took the game 11/8 and the match 3 – 0. Duffield 0
Laura Hill (Duffield) v Victoria Lust (Surrey)
could not get through to watch this match on the adjacent court,
but I sure wish I had done, it must have been a cracker. A club
member friend of mine told me afterwards that it was.
A very close first game ended with young Vicky winning 11/8. The
second was even closer and more exciting, judging by the sounds
from the spectators, and veteran Laura took the game 14/12.
Vicky took the third game 11/6, Laura took the fourth 11/8.
Every point scored in the last game was passed over to the main
court, and to rapturous applause the game finished 11/8 in
favour of Laura, the veteran beating the youngster 3 games to 2.
Duffield 1 Surrey 1.
Matthew (Duffield) v Peter Barker (Surrey)
Next on the glass back court were the No 1 strings, and this was
a great exhibition of excellent squash, as expected. A very
close first game went to7/7, but then Nick moved up to take the
Unfortunately for Peter, Nick then took over completely, taking
the next two games 11/4, 11/4, and the match 3 – 0. Duffield 2
Matthew Karwalski (Duffield) v Adrian Waller (Surrey)
On the other court Adrian Waller took the next match quite
comfortably 11/5, 11/3, 11/8 against Australian Matt Karwalski.
Duffield 2 Surrey 2.
Joel Hinds (Duffield) v Adrian Grant (Surrey)
match put a lot of pressure on young Joel Hinds, World ranked
73, up against World ranked 18 Adrian Grant.
Joel started off quite well, taking an early 3/1 lead, but then
Adrian pulled back to 4/4, went to 7/7, and Adrian then served
out to take the game 11/7.
Joel played much stronger in the second and won the game 11/6.
However Adrian then showed his experience and finished the match
off taking the last two games 11/1 and 11/7, winning the match 3
– 1, and Surrey moved into the final.
St George’s Hill In Maiden PSL Final Bid
TWP St George's
be bidding to make the PSL final
for the first time when they host former champions LEBC
Group Chapel Allerton in
tonight’s semi-finals of the world's most prestigious squash
The Weybridge club has lost just one tie so far this season –
and will be led by British National champion Daryl
Selby, the world No12 from Essex, in tonight’s tie against
the 2009 champions from Leeds.
“We’ll have a big crowd at the club tonight who will be doing
everything they can to support our team’s historic bid,” said
team manager Danny
Lee, the former England junior international who captained
London club Cannons to
their first PSL title success in 1986.
“It would be massive not only for the club, but for squash in
the area, if we made the final,” added Lee.
Chapel Allerton’s team manager Neil
that the home side have a slight advantage: “We are delighted
to be in the semis, particularly after losing our top two
players - Alister Walker and Thierry Lincou - which I think
highlights both our strength in depth and team spirit.
“As a team we are looking forward to the fixture. I feel we are
going in as slight underdogs but will give it everything we have
got and see if we can cause an upset.”
The other semi-final promises to be a tight encounter in which
three times former champions Benz-Bavarian
Duffield entertain reigning
Health & Racquets. Duffield will be led by England’s world
number one and world champion Nick
Matthew as the
Derbyshire club bids
to make the final for a sixth time since 1995.
Matthew takes on England team-mate Peter
Barker, the world No7, in what could be the tie-decider.
A packed house is guaranteed at Duffield – and team manager Felix
his team has a notable advantage: “The manager plays a big
role, especially against odds - but when anyone plays at
Duffield, they play against 150 people, in the most respectful
way of course!”
Croydon club Surrey Health & Racquets have won the PSL title
twice in the last three years: “We’re looking forward very much
to visiting Duffield for our semi-final,” said team manager Pete
Smith. “We have an all British team and look forward to a
very competitive match.
“I am sure it is going to be an excellent night of squash with
the big prize of a place in the final.”