Knight and Williams have good week on home soil

SH_613The cream has risen to the top in a couple of New Zealand domestic squash tournaments around the country over the weekend.

Martin Knight and Evan Williams have picked up titles at tournaments in Auckland and Palmerston North respectively.  The two Kiwis have made the most of some court time on home soil, during a break in their busy schedules on the PSA men’s world tour.

It caps a good weekend for the pair, who were both named on Friday in a four strong Kiwi line up for June’s World Team Championships in France.

Knight showed his class with a commanding victory at the Herne Bay Open in Auckland.  The 29-year-old showed no signs of the injuries that have plagued him recently, taking out the title with a four game victory over another New Zealand team member, Paul Coll, in the final.

Knight had earned his spot in the title decider with straight games victories in all three of the previous rounds, but was forced to fight back from a game down to beat Coll, who has been in superb form for the past 12 months.  The 20-year-old grabbed the first game 11-8, but Knight bounced back to claim an 8-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-6 victory.

Meanwhile, Williams was untouchable at the Dwyertech Services Palmerston North Open, winning all four of his matches in straight games, including an 11-4, 11-9, 11-5 victory over Zac Millar in the final.

Herne Bay Open
Round one
1. Martin Knight (North Shore) def Jason Kereama (Royal Oak) 11-5, 11-1, 11-4
Matiu Te Kani-McQueen (Herne Bay) def Todd Redman (Remuera) 11-8, 11-7, 11-3
Christopher Lloyd (Herne Bay) def David Noone (Herne Bay) 11-7, 11-6, 11-3
4. Alex Grayson (Remuera) def Amanda Landers-Murphy (Ti Street) 11-8, 11-7, 11-3
3. Lance Beddoes (Henderson) def Nick McHugh (North Shore) 11-7, 11-2, 11-5
Michael Pittams (Henderson) def Jonathan Gallacher (Manurewa) 11-2, 11-3, 11-5
Ben Grindrod (Devoy Fitness & Squash) def Matt Taylor (Herne Bay) 12-10, 11-8, 11-9
2. Paul Coll (Squashways) def Blair Landers (Herne Bay) 11-1, 11-4, 13-11
Quarterfinals
1. Martin Knight (North Shore) def  Matiu Te Kani-McQueen (Herne Bay) 11-7, 11-6, 11-3
Christopher Lloyd (Herne Bay) def 4. Alex Grayson (Remuera) 5-11, 8-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-5
3. Lance Beddoes (Henderson) def Michael Pittams (Henderson) 11-4, 11-9, 11-9
2. Paul Coll (Squashways) def Ben Grindrod (Devoy Fitness & Squash) 11-4, 11-8, 10-12, 11-3
Semifinals
1. Martin Knight (North Shore) def  Christopher Lloyd (Herne Bay) 11-8, 11-7, 11-9
2. Paul Coll (Squashways) def 3. Lance Beddoes (Henderson) 11-7, 11-5, 11-9
Final
1. Martin Knight (North Shore) def  2. Paul Coll (Squashways) 8-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-6

Dwyertech Services Palmerston North Open
Round one
1. Evan Williams (Thorndon) def Mark Millar (Kapiti) 11-3, 11-7, 11-8
Matt Nation (SquashGym) def William Bicknell (Thorndon) 11-8, 11-3, 11-4
Jonny Barnett (Mitchell Park) def Bryce Redman (Hawke’s Bay) 11-4, 11-5, 11-7
4. Rod Bannister (SquashGym) def Ben Calvert (Cambridge) 11-6, 11-6, 11-3
3. Zac Millar (Kapiti) def Scott Galloway (Mitchell Park) 11-8, 11-5, 11-5
Cameron Jamieson (Hawke’s Bay) def Thomas Nash (SquashGym) 11-7, 11-7, 11-8
Chris van der Salm (Squashways) def Keegan Burkhart (Thorndon) 11-8, 11-13, 5-11, 11-4, 12-10
2. Joseph Watts (SquashGym) def Aaron Kopittke (Henderson) 11-3, 11-2, 11-13, 11-2
Quarterfinals
1. Evan Williams (Thorndon) def Matt Nation (SquashGym) 11-3, 11-9, 11-7
Jonny Barnett (Mitchell Park) def 4. Rod Bannister (SquashGym) 11-9, 11-8, 11-9
3. Zac Millar (Kapiti) def Cameron Jamieson (Hawke’s Bay) 11-6, 2-11, 11-4, 11-9
Chris van der Salm (Squashways) def 2. Joseph Watts (SquashGym) 7-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-8
Semifinals
1. Evan Williams (Thorndon) def Jonny Barnett (Mitchell Park) 11-4, 11-4, 11-4
3. Zac Millar (Kapiti) def Chris van der Salm (Squashways) 11-5, 9-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-8
Final
1. Evan Williams (Thorndon) def 3. Zac Millar (Kapiti) 11-4, 11-9, 11-5

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