Canary Whjarf Classic, Qualifying competition at Wimbledon Racquets and Fitness Club, London, England
By ALAN THATCHER
Joey Barrington and Yann Perrin battled themselves to a standstill in the Canary Wharf Classic qualifying competition at Wimbledon before the Frenchman won a marathon match 11-9 in the fifth game.
After exactly 100 minutes, Perrin clinched victory to book a place in tomorrow’s qualifying finals.
It was a brutal and often physical confrontation with referee Clive Smith called on to make 79 decisions following mid-court collisions.
In the qualifying finals, Perrin meets England’s Chris Simpson, who beat Frenchman Julien Balbo in four games.
Simpson played strong, consistent squash to win the first two games before Balbo hit form in the third. He led 5-1 and 8-4 before Simpson responded with a run of points to hold match ball at 10-9. However, Balbo hit back to win the game12-10.
Simpson quickly regained his rhythm to power his way through the fourth game.
An attractive all-English tie is in prospect between tall left-hander Adrian Waller and the stylish Olivier Pett following their victories over Ben Coleman and Nathan Lake respectively.
Robbie Temple meets the top qualifying seed, Egyptian Omar Abdel Aziz, following quick victories by each player against Phillip Bull and Phil Nightingale.
Local favourite Charles Sharpe worked hard against Davide Bianchetti but the wily Italian veteran had too many answers. Despite the match being over in straight games, the match lasted 66 minutes. Sharpes wasted a game ball in the first game and was handed a conduct stroke in the second for abusive language towards the referee.
The Surrey star led 9-6 in the third but again Bianchetti hit back to win five points in a row to clinch a place in the qualifying final.
Bianchetti faces Mark Krajcsak of Hungary, who beat Finland’s No.2 seed Henrik Mustonen in four tough games
Omar Abdel Aziz (Egy) bt Phil Nightingale (Eng) 11-4, 11-4, 11-5 (29m)
Robbie Temple (Eng) bt Phillip Bull (Eng) 11-5, 11-6, 11-4 (24m)
Olivier Pett (Eng) bt Nathan Lake (Eng) 11-5, 11-5, 11-4 (29m)
Adrian Waller (Eng) bt Ben Coleman (Eng) 12-10, 11-4, 11-7 (43m)
Chris Simpson (Eng) bt Julien Balbo (Eng) 11-2, 11-5, 10-12, 11-4 (60m)
Yann Perrin (Fra) bt Joey Barrington (Eng) 9-11, 13-11, 11-8, 5-11, 11-9 (100m)
Mark Krajcsak (Hun) bt Henrik Mustonen (Fin) 9-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-4 (46m)
Davide Bianchetti (Ita) bt Charles Sharpes (Eng) 12-10, 11-4, 11-9 (66m)
Qualifying finals, Sun 18th from 15.00:
3pm: Omar Abdel Aziz (Egy) v Robbie Temple (Eng)
4pm: Adrian Waller (Eng) v Olivier Pett (Eng)
5pm: Chris Simpson (Eng) v Yann Perrin (Fra)
6pm: Davide Bianchetti (Ita) v Mark Krajcsak (Hun)