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Engelbrecht takes men's squash plate

31 July 2002

Zimbabwe’s Jesse Engelbrecht won a thrilling five-game men’s plate final against Scotland’s Neil Frankland.

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The game was a fitting warm-up for the men’s and women’s singles finals later on.

Engelbrecht began well and progressed from 2-2 to take the opening game 9-5. With HRH the Earl of Wessex and the Countess of Wessex watching intently, Engelbrecht then extended his advantage by taking the second game 9-5 in front of a vocal crowd.

Frankland hit back strongly in the third game and overturned a 0-2 start to win with an emphatic 9-2 scoreline, including three consecutive penalty points awarded by the referee for Engelbrecht’s persistent interference.

Engelbrecht edged into a 2-0 lead in the fourth, but the Scot found new reserves of determination and turned the game around, eventually levelling the match at 2-2 with a delightful drop shot when the score read 8-4.

Engelbrecht responded quickly in the decider, raced into an 8-1 lead and missed a game ball shot to take the match. Frankland took the next four points as the tension mounted, but Engelbrecht benefited from a referee’s penalty point to clinch victory and the Plate Trophy.

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