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Bye bye Sri Lanka in squash

01 August 2002

Sri Lanka's men's doubles representatives hand byes to Pakistan and Australia when they fail to show for their pool matches.

David Palmer

Palmer and Australia get a bye to the next phase

The final 16 line-up for the men’s doubles competition will be finalised on Friday morning, but there were several games on Thursday involving the leading players in the pool stages.

Australian top seeds David Palmer – the singles’ bronze medallist - and Paul Price opened their account on show court one with a 15-10, 15-7 win over the Guyanans, Regan Pollard and Luke Fraser in 28 minutes in pool A.

Pakistan’s Farrukh Zaman and Shamsul Islam Kham were given a walkover win in their match over the Sri Lankans Navin Harish Samarasinghe and Saman Thilakarathna, when the unseeded Asians failed to turn up. Palmer and Price also benefited later on.

The new pairing of world No 1 Peter Nicol and world No 10 Lee Beachill faced a spirited challenge from the Kenyan brothers Rajdeep and Hartaj Bains in their first pool C match, before winning an entertaining game 15-5, 15-8.

Zimbabwe’s Jesse Engelbrecht and Murray Martin opened their pool C campaign with a 10-15, 15-8, 15-13 win over the Zambians Patrick Chifunda and Ernest Chisenga.

The Zimbabweans, however, were no match for Nicol/Beachill when the four met later on and the English third seeds romped home 15-8, 15-9 winners in 28 minutes.

Fourth-seeded Australians Stewart Boswell and Anthony Ricketts strolled through their opening test on show court one against the Jamaicans James Bullock and Wayne Prescod 15-7, 15-8.

In pool E, Alex Gough and David Evans of Wales dismissed Derek Hunter and Damien Tam from Papua New Guinea G 15-3, 15-7 in 12 minutes.

In pool F, Scotland’s Martin Heath and Neil Frankland coasted past the 16-year-old Lesotho pairing of Baitsi Motasamai and B K Taoana 15-9, 15-3.

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