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Big guns meet in squash doubles semis


Sparks fly at the National Squash Centre in Manchester.

Peter Nicol

Peter Nicol wants a Commonwealth gold

Englandís world No 1 Peter Nicol and partner Lee Beachill advanced into the menís doubles semi-final after winning a 95-minute physical and mental war of attrition 15-6, 9-15, 15-10 over the hard-working Welsh pair David Evans and Alex Gough on show court one.

Scotlandís last chance of a squash medal was extinguished on court five, when Neil Frankland and Martin Heath went down in a fiercely-contested match against the fourth seeded Australians Stewart Boswell and Anthony Ricketts.

The Australians took the first game 15-12, but the Scots dug in to new-found reserves of determination in the second and the score moved on to 15-15. Nail-biting rallies ensued, but Boswell and Ricketts held the upper hand and clinched the match by taking the next two points.

They now face the defending Commonwealth Games doubles gold medallists, England's Mark Chaloner and Paul Johnson in the semi-final late on Saturday afternoon.

The English pair came up against the Pakistani duo of Shahid Zaman Khan and Mansoor Zaman on court six. They won the opening game 15-4 and sealed the match with a 15-5 success in the second.

Nicol and Beachill face the mouth-watering prospect of a semi-final clash with the Australian top seeds David Palmer and Paul Price.

They disposed of the Welsh duo Gavin Jones and Scott Fitzgerald in a rapid-fire 15-11, 15-12 on court eight.

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