It took ten rounds of league play to decide the semi-finalists for the 2012 Premier Squash League, but today’s two semi-finals were decided in little over an hour’s play each !
Duffield, dominant in Group A, suffered a second successive home semi-final defeat, but whereas last year it went to the wire against eventual champions Surrey, group B runners-up St Georges arrived tonight with a full strength squad and wrapped up the match 3-0 in double quick time.
Joe Lee put the visitors ahead against Paul Hargrave, while in the women’s match Laura Massaro took twice as long to beat Jenny Duncalf, and shortly after she had come off court with a 3-1 win, Nicolas Mueller wrapped the match up with a “fast and furious” 3-0 win against Duffield’s Andy Whipp.
The other semi-final was even quicker as defending champions and group B winners Surrey H&R went 2-0 up against a weakened Nottingham team courtesy of 3-0 wins from Alison Waters and Adrian Waller, and well before the 9pm watershed they were 4-0 up as Alan Clyne and then Adrian Grant followed suit.
Peter Barker made it a clean sweep of 3-0 wins for Surrey, while at Duffield Steve Coppinger pulled one back for Duffield and Nick Matthew and Daryl Selby kept the crowd entertained well after the finish of the regular match as Matthew made it 2-3 on the night.
Benz Bavarian Duffield 2-3 TWP St George’s Hill
Nick Matthew 3-1 Daryl Selby 11/9, 11/8, 11/13, 13/11
Steve Coppinger 3-0 Tom Richards 11/9, 11/8, 11/8 (37m)
Andy Whipp 0-3 Nicolas Muller 7/11, 5/11, 6/11 (24m)
Paul Hargrave 0-3 Joe Lee 5/11, 10/12, 1/11 (27m)
Jenny Duncalf 1-3 Laura Massaro 12/14, 11/7, 7/11, 8/11 (56m)
Integrity Surrey H&R 5-0 MB Nottingham
Peter Barker 3-0 Mark Fuller 12/10, 11/2, 11/4
Adrian Grant 3-0 Declan James 11/6, 15/13, 12/10
Alan Clyne 3-0 Arthur Moineau 11/6, 11/2, 11/2
Adrian Waller 3-0 Martin Mosnick 11/8, 11/4, 11/9
Alison Waters 3-0 Emily Whitlock 11/3,11/4,11/5
The final is scheduled for Tue 8th May – probably at Surrey Sports Park, as last year.
Full coverage on the PSL Site: www.pslsquash.com