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England and Australia to play squash doubles final


Englandís Peter Nicol and Lee Beachill will meet Australiaís Stewart Boswell and Anthony Ricketts in the menís doubles final.

Peter Nicol

Peter Nicol books a finals place

World No 1 Peter Nicol and his English team mate Lee Beachill were made to work hard for their place in the final against the Australian top seeds David Palmer and Paul Price.

The English duo edged 4-1 ahead in the opener, but the contest developed into a game of cat and mouse, as the Australians levelled at 10-10 and went on to win 15-13.

Nicol and Beachill moved 4-1 ahead in the second game and maintained the initiative to tie the match by clinching the game 15-9. The marathon battle continued unabated into the final game, but the English duo held the upper hand from the outset and forged into a lead they managed to increase to 13-5.

One game ball was not enough, but when Price fluffed a low return into the tin, Nicol and Beachillís place in the final was assured and they edged the match 15-9 in a little over 98 minutes.

Australia held the upper hand in the second semi-final from the start and Boswell and Ricketts cruised into an 8-1 lead. Chaloner and Johnson rallied, but could never recover the deficit and found themselves on the wrong end of a 15-8 scoreline.

The second game was much closer and the English duo accelerated away at 10-10 to move three points clear, and eventually clinched the game 15-13.

The third game included some mind-numbing defensive squash, with a broken ball bringing the first series of rallies to a close after five minutes when the score was still 0-0. Boswell and Ricketts broke the deadlock and moved into a 5-1 lead, but the English duo failed to lie down.

They rallied to 10-10, the score moved on to 12-12, but the Australians dug in and an unforced error by Johnson ended the English pairís hopes. Ricketts punched the air in delight Ė the final game had taken 52 minutes.

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